PLANS for the former North Wales Hospital site in Denbigh could take a step forward next week.

A planning application from NWH Limited will go before councillors on Denbighshire’s planning committee when it meets on Wednesday.

The plans would see a change of use application for a construction training  site as well as the building of a workshop and a change to access.

The Grade II listed building opened as an asylum for the treatment of mental illnesses in 1848.

Over the years, it was home to thousands of patients and hundreds of staff, becoming a self-contained community with a farm.

Since it closed in 1995, the site has fallen into disrepair, with several fires started deliberately and causing extensive damage to the buildings.

Ruthin-based builders Jones Bros are in the running to build homes at the site but in the meantime this application for preparatory work will be considered for planning permission.

A report to councillors said: “The applicants have indicated that the development is essential for the success of the overall project, providing an early presence on site to deter vandalism and trespass through natural surveillance – in turn protecting the listed buildings from further damage.

“The compound will also provide a storage area for the re-use of stone and slate.

“It is stated the location has been selected to limit impact on the setting of the listed buildings.”

Concerns have been raised by residents and the town council about the suitability of the road outside the hospital for heavy works traffic.

In a letter to planners, Denbigh Town Council wrote: “The town councillors would like it noted that they share the concerns of local residents regarding the suitability of the road for heavy traffic.

“Many Denbigh residents use this way to walk and run. There is a need to have adequate consideration taken to other possible entrances closer to the town.

“Also, why will the trucks not be using Vale Street? The route quoted will cause extra congestion.”

Planning officers have recommended that councillors vote to grant planning permission subject to conditions including that work begins no later than February 13, 2024.