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Public could have say on hospital site

Published date: 19 February 2014 |
Published by: Kirstie Dolphin
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THE public could have their say on what will happen to the former North Wales Hospital, if councillors give the go ahead today.

Members of the planning committee will vote whether to allow a consultation to be carried out on a draft Site Development Brief of the Grade II listed building based in Denbigh.

A report by planning officers said: “The council would like to see a single main use for the remaining listed buildings with surrounding land supporting enabling development, for example a hotel amd resort complex, education facilities, offices etc, but is fully aware of previous endeavours and associated challenges to find an occupier for the entire site since closure in 1995.

“The document contains a masterplan framework that outlines an alternative approach to enabling development if a single use cannot be found”.

Denbigh county councillor Raymond Bartley, said: “Having worked at the Hospital for nearly 40 years and to see the state of the site now is to say the least very depressing indeed and this is the feeling of many residents in Denbigh many who were employed there, having known the excellent treatment that was administered there by all grades of dedicated staff.

“And since it's closure in 1995, yes nearly 20 years ago, the site has been bought and sold a few times, many buildings have been demolished or vandalised. But the main front building remains but in a poor state, but it must be in my view retained and developed.”

The report said at the time of preparing the brief for the report there was no clear proposal for the re-use for the remaining buildings nor a valid planning permission for any kind of re-development exists.

The masterplan includes selling an area of land to enable residential developent and a mix of uses including health, community or education facilties, sale proceeds will fund up-front costs for infrastructure, landscape and restoration works on the key listed buildings.

Cllr Bartley added: “Officers of DCC and we the elected councillors have been doing our best to get development of some kind on the site

“Due to legal matters and problems and changes of ownership nothing concrete has materialised and it is very frustrating and difficult.

“I hope that the Site Development Brief will be approved it will be a major step forward and further more that public consultation will take place and will last for two months. When the opportunity comes I would urge the public to make their views known during this period.

“This opportunity must not be lost, the site had got to be developed or else we will lose everything.”

If passed an exhibtion will be held in Denbigh Town Hall as well as a public consultation expected to start end of February 2014.

The planning committee will then report on the results and if approved the Site Development Brief will be used in the determination of any planning application on the site.

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