A new apartment complex is set to be built in a town centre despite fears about its impact on parking.

Planners recommended that Cartrefi Conwy’s plans for 16 affordable flats in Llandudno be rejected by councillors unless parking worries were addressed by the applicant Brenig Construction.

The plan would see the demolition of a vacant detached three-storey building, which has previously housed shops on the ground floor, on the corner of Gloddaeth Street and Deganwy Avenue.

Provision had only been made for six parking spaces at the complex, including two disabled spaces and 12 bicycle spaces.

Conwy’s highways department objected to the plans on the basis that there was not enough parking.

In a report to the planning committee, officers said: “The number of parking spaces is well below the requirement for this type of development.

“CCBC Highways therefore recommends a minimum of one parking space per apartment after the sustainability criteria is applied.

“The proposal requires 16 spaces for the apartments with an additional three visitor spaces.”

The applicant has offered to make more parking available, including the possibility of providing permits to residents to use the nearby Maelgwyn Road car park.

Sioned Edwards, speaking on behalf of the applicant, said: “The application has been brought forward with support from Conwy Council’s housing services.

“All 16 units will be two bedroom properties for which there is an identified need.”

She added that officers had no objection in principle apart from parking concerns.

“We now propose for the remaining parking places for the development to be provided at Maelgwyn road car park, with off site pedestrian accessibility proposed to ensure a safe route between the site and the car park,” she said.

Cllr Mike Priestly argued that councillors should vote in favour of the application on the condition that the parking issues be resolved within four weeks.

He said: “I 100% support this application but there is an issue with the parking.

“I’m minded to approve this rather than refuse as long as an agreement is sought with highways.”

Members voted by seven votes to five in favour of conditional planning permission.