Historic building at risk in Denbighshire


Kirstie Dolphin

DENBIGHSHIRE has 148 listed buildings on the at risk category, with 35 in the worst category, reports KIRSTIE DOLPHIN.

A survey by Cadw, the Welsh Government's historic environment service, found that of 1,812 listed buildings in Denbighshire, 148 are on the at risk register.

Almost a quarter of these are  in the worst at risk category.

A report was presented to Denbighshire County Council’s performance scrutiny committee for a clearer understanding of the extent of listed buildings at risk within the county and the implications to the authority.

Buildings on the at risk register include Commerce House, Bridge Street, in Corwen (pictured right).

Corwen county councillor Huw Jones said: “Things are slowly progressing with the owner, he is trying his best to keep the place up to date.

“The council has issued work enforcement orders for the building, but things are not moving as quickly as I would like.

“The council has money set aside for the building because of its poor condition as well as other at risk buildings in Denbighshire.

“The latest work enforcement came to an end earlier this month, so the council will look at what they can do in the New Year and what the next step is.”

Some of the listed buildings which are of no financial asset include limekilns, telephone call boxes, wells, tombs, monuments and others.

Llyr Gruffydd, North Wales AM and shadow planning minister, said: “The Welsh Government is currently consulting on proposed changes to planning laws in Wales and this will be an opportunity to review some important planning policies.

“I’m keen to use this opportunity to look afresh at the rules and regulations surrounding listed buildings.

“Repairing a listed building usually involves extra expense because you have to retain original features, use more expensive traditional materials and have regular inspections from the council.

“This is obviously necessary, but we must identify ways of counterbalancing this by maybe making it easier to put these buildings to alternative use, making it less likely they fall into disrepair.”

The report highlighted ways to protect a listed building from falling into dilapidation, such as granting planning permission and listed building consent.

The report said: “Enabling development is intended to release capital to save a heritage asset such as the proposal for the former North Wales Hospital (in) Denbigh. This can however be a very complicated process and is not suitable in
most cases.

“Working with an owner to try to help improve the condition of buildings at risk is by far the best way forward but in some cases the owner rather than the building is the problem.”

The council is drafting a building at risk strategy which will look at how limited resources can used most effectively.

Buildings on the at risk register also include, a former slaughterhouse in Denbigh; Foxhall Newydd (and dovecote) in Henllan; Bryn Ffynnon in Graianrhyd; Llwyn-ynn Hall in Llanfair DC; a barn range to the west of Glasmor and an agricultural range immediately south of Glasmor in Nantglyn.

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