Green light given for five apartments to be built in Rhos on Sea


Annie Roberts

A PLANNING application for five apartments on the site of a former nursing home in Rhos on Sea has been given the green light.

Councillors granted conditional planning permission to allow the former St Michael's Care Home on Marine Drive (pictured above) to be altered and turned into five apartments at a planning committee held on April 12.

The proposal was a resubmission of an application which was refused in August 2016 due to concerns over the design and dismissed on appeal in November 2016.

The new building will have two apartments on the ground floor, two apartments on the first floor and a single penthouse apartment on the second floor, all of which will have three bedrooms, a kitchen, dining and living area along with bathrooms and en-suite rooms.

In the committee officer report it states: “The new proposed plans illustrate that the proposed building would be 15m in width, 17m in length and over three floors would be a maximum height of 9.2m.”

St Michael’s care home went into administration in 2014 and was subsequently bought by Rosewood Healthcare. The private care home, housing 15 residents closed in September 2014 after claiming it was unviable to bring the home up to required standards.

The town council objected the plans on the grounds it would ‘impact negatively on neighbouring properties’. Four letters of objection were also received from nearby residents stating the design of the building was not in keeping with the area and would add further stress on services in the area.

The application which was subject to a site visit by members of the committee prior to the meeting, was welcomed by all councillors.

At the committee Cllr Ivor Lloyd, Betws yn Rhos Ward said: “It’s screaming wanted to be converted so I think this would be a blessing in disguise so I totally support it:

A separate application was put forward to Conwy Council for demolition of the current former care home and it was determined prior approval of the local planning authority is required.

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