A CONTROVERSIAL planning application has been refused, going against recommendations from planning officers.
There was a public outcry over plans for a modern looking office building (pictured right) put forward by housing association Tai Clwyd on Vale Street in Denbigh, with complainants saying it would be an eyesore.
Denbighshire County Council’s planning committee met before Christmas and voted to refuse the application.
The decision was contrary to the recommendation given by the authority’s planning officers in their report to the committee, which said:
“Officers’ opinion is that with respect to the concerns expressed, the modern approach to design would not be inappropriate given the variation in the scale and size of development in the locality, and that to respect the concerns of the conservation architect, conditions should be considered to agree the final external materials.”
It added: “A redevelopment would remove what is currently an unremarkable building in the conservation area mid way down Vale Street and result in a modern redevelopment which would not be out of place in this location.”
On the day though the committee sided with the concerns of residents, who were worried that “the modern design was inappropriate in a conservation area” and would have an “overbearing impact”.
They did however agree to grant permission for the current building to be demolished, if and when another design is approved.
No demolition will occur until a project for redevelopment has been approved.
Denbigh councillor Raymond Bartley has requested the county council arrange a meeting between planning officers, staff from Tai Clwyd and councillors to discuss the way forward for the site.
“The important thing is to try to come to an amicable agreement for both sides,” he said.
“We need to both look after the residents and their views but also make sure that Tai Clwyd stays in the town.”