PLANS for a classic car firm’s workshop in the heart of the Vale of Clwyd are set to go ahead despite local objections.

Members of Denbighshire’s planning committee meeting next week will examine an application from Rob Atkinson of Rcc Import Ltd for the workshop.

The application is for a retrospective change of use of part of an agricultural building and associated hardstanding into a mechanic workshop for a specialist motorsport and classic car business near the village of Llanrhaeadr Yng Nghinmeirch.

But Llanrhaeadr communmity council wrote to the council to express its concerns about the plans.

It said: “The structure interface of the property is a construction of agriculture farm building and not a commercial building which does not comply with building regulations which is a fire and security issue for the site building.”

“The application is outside the local development plan for the area and “there is no local proven need,” it added.

The site is the base for classic sports car company Ramsport which renovate high end classic cars.

In its planning statement the applicant said: “The business has made use of a redundant building that had been left to go ruin and become any eyesore. The use has revitalised the building and provided the premises for a local rural business to grow into a very successful motor sport/classic car repair and renovation business with lucrative national and international clients.

“The business, known as ‘Ramsport’, specialise in the restoration/maintenance of top end classic cars, rally cars and other race cars.

“The business is a lucrative one and the cars renovated and worked on at the site are worth up to £2m at any one time.”

Despite the objections of the community council officers have recommended permission be granted.

A report to members of the committee said: “The principle of the proposal is considered to be in accordance with planning policy and the localised impacts are considered to be acceptable, subject to appropriate conditions being attached to any permission.”

The application will come before the planning committee next Wednesday, May 22.