BARONESS Joan Bakewell has voiced her disappointment regarding plans to demolish a 1930s art deco house in Rhos-on-Sea.

Developers Commercial Development Management last month announced proposals for the property, on the corner of Marine Drive and College Avenue, which include its demolition and replacement with five apartments and a car parking space.

Conwy County Borough Council has received numerous objections to the proposals for the property, which was designed by architect Sidney Colwyn Foulkes, who was born and raised in Colwyn Bay. 

It is not currently a listed building.

Baroness Bakewell wrote on Twitter last week: “Oh a real kiss if it goes! Isn’t it listed? Does no one care?”

The C20 Society, a charity campaigning for the preservation of 20th-century architecture, said it also has submitted a written objection to the plans.

It said the building is 'a striking Art Deco design, which makes full use of its corner plot and seafront location' and 'a unique building that contributes to the historic interest and character of Rhos-on-Sea'.

A spokesperson for Cadw, a Welsh Government service protecting historic buildings and structures, confirmed: "We have received a request to list the building, which will be dealt with as a priority, as all listing requests are.

"Until now, nobody had come forward to us with a listing request. We'd be a mandatory consultee of any changes to the building (if it was listed)."

A member of the planning team involved in the development added: "We have given the applicant the opportunity to provide further information in the form of a heritage impact statement and are awaiting their response to this matter."

Last month, Glenda Tobin wrote on the Residents of Old Colwyn Past and Present Facebook page that she was: "Very sad to hear that an application has been submitted to demolish this beautiful and rare art deco house on the corner of College Avenue and replace with a new build."

Another person commented on social media: “Sad that the buildings of our childhood across the bay are being demolished."

A second said: “This is absolutely awful! Why are they so determined to destroy these iconic buildings?"

A third added: “What a shame, I wish I had the money to buy this house.”

Comments on planning applications involving Conwy County Borough Council can be made by visiting the council website.

You can also view the full details of the planning application by visiting: (application number: 0/48885).