Llandudno’s £20m Pier Pavilion faces call-in
Plans to create 52 apartments and 20,000 sq ft of restaurants in the North Wales town could be subject to a review by the Welsh Government amid ongoing opposition to the proposals.
Conwy Council has received a holding direction from Welsh ministers after a request was made to call in developer Alan Waldron’s approved application.
The holding direction enables the Government to give further consideration to the proposals before deciding whether or not to call in the application.
Waldron’s plans to create a 10-storey mixed-use block at the seafront site off Happy Valley Road were first approved in 2018.
The site, between the Grand Hotel and Leisure Island Amusements, has been empty for 23 years after the old pavilion was destroyed by a fire.
Waldron’s scheme is to include car parking on the lower three levels, followed by a level of restaurants, with the apartments on the upper six levels.
The amended application sought permission for four additional apartments, taking the total from 48 to 52, as well as changing the access to and layout of the building.
However, a start on site has now been delayed while the Welsh Government takes a closer look at the controversial plan.
Leading the opposition to the mixed-use scheme is Adam Williams, owner of the adjacent Llandudno Pier.
Williams said Waldron’s project could put the pier at “very serious risk”, while also questioning whether the restaurant element could be delivered due to “restrictive covenants” on the site.
“Why should the entire identity of Llandudno’s heart be lost for the sake of a one-off residential block?” Williams said.