A pre-application consultation period has been launched by Ruthin property company Jones Brothers, which hopes to build 300 homes at the former North Wales Hospital site.
The developer has been working with Denbighshire County Council on redevelopment options, and hopes to restore the U-shaped central section of the building for use as apartments, retail, restaurants and a gym.
The site was formerly home to a mental health asylum, housing 1,500 patients at its peak, but the grade two-listed 1840s-built structure has been closed since 1995. With the site subsequently subject to various acts of vandalism, the council served notice on offshore owner Freemont (Denbigh), taking control of the site in late 2018 – Freemont had resisted the Compulsory Purchase Order process previously, leading to a public inquiry at which the council eventually triumphed.
Since that time, Jones Bros, working with Les Stephan Planning, has secured consent for a training centre, workshop and repair facility within the 36-acre site, making it secure. In all, the redevelopment project is expected to take ten years and is expected to include a range of housing within the overall site, as well as the apartments in the main building’s footprint.
Helen Morgan, company secretary of Jones Bros, said: “It is our intention to create a development that is sympathetic to the area and that restores the vital links between this historic site and the town.”
There will be an open public consultation at Denbigh Library on 2 December from 1pm to 7pm.