Extensive improvement works at Venue Cymru are set to be given planning permission.

An application for work at the popular Llandudno theatre will go before Conwy’s planning committee when it meets next week.

The plans would see walls being removed in the entrance foyer and the erection of new ground floor curtain glazing and entrance doors.

There would also be a new second floor dance studio and conference room.

It is also proposed that there would be work done to the delivery and service yard, to include new access ramp and refurbishments as well as new windows and doors to the front and rear of the building.

A report to councillors, which recommends the plans be approved, said: “The main considerations in this application for conservation area consent are the impact on the character and appearance of the Llandudno Conservation Area. The adjacent Grand Theatre is a Grade II listed building. The site also falls within the Creuddyn and Conwy Historic Landscape (Cadw). The proposal does not include any substantial demolition works to the existing building.

“Officers consider that the development would not have a detrimental impact on the conservation area, setting of the adjacent listed building, or the historic landscape.”

It is hoped, that subject to the planning process, to have contractors on site and working by early autumn. While the schedule for works has to be negotiated with the contractor once a tender has been accepted and the contractor appointed, work will have to be planned around Venue Cymru’s calendar of events to avoid any cancellations and minimise disruption. This has been a key factor in planning the programme of works.
The planned works comprise of a range of packages aimed at allowing Venue Cymru to accommodate a greater range of events, as well as improving the flow of people and facilities round the building.
 It has been recognised the site’s conference amenities have become dated and are not in line with current market requirements, and this has restricted the number of conference which can be attracted.
Bringing the facilities up to date will avoid any potential loss of business.
It is estimated the projected costs of the programme will be between £2.8 and £3 million.