A VALE of Clwyd company has applied for planning permission to help develop its business.

Currently located on Lon Parcwr, in Ruthin, is Lavinia Stamps, which has submitted a planning application with Denbighshire County Council to move into premises at 24-26 Plas Coch, on Well Street.

The Well Street site used to house the town's Conservative Club.

The intention of the application is for the change of use from a private members club with an ancillary residential apartment to mixed retail, a gallery, craft workshop, artists' design studio, visitor facilities, business administration and an ancillary residential apartment.

Plas Coch is a Grade II-Listed building and, according to CADW, it was rebuilt in 1613 for the constable of Castell Coch.

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It became a banqueting hall back in 1963 and in 1977, it `became the Conservative Club. 

While the move to the use of the Well Street site has been proposed, Lavinia Stamps intends to retain its existing premises at Lon Parcwr to support the 
expanding online business sector.

In a business statement connected to the application, Lavinia Stamps said: "Lavinia Stamps’ ambition for the Conservative Club is to create a unique location in Ruthin town centre.

"The main focus will be arts, crafts, and artisan gifts for the home and garden, serving the local community and our wider customer base.

"There will be a creative retail area filled with arts and craft products adorned with foliage, filled with unusual gifts and artisan products and enhanced with bespoke lighting to create a truly magical, unique and calming environment.

"In addition, there will be a gallery, demonstration / workshop area for specialist crafting classes supported by highly talented tutors."

The business statement added: "Lavinia Stamps’ current location on the Lon Parcwr attracts visitors from all over the country and in more recent years, from overseas.

"We fully intend to retain the premises on the Lon Parcwr to further increase trade sales and house manufacturing.


"Currently we export to over 35 countries worldwide and have plans to participate at international trade shows to engage with potential new customers.

"We also expect to increase manufacturing and packing on the Lon Parcwr site, thereby creating more job opportunities for the local community.

"We expect the new premises to attract increased customers from far and wide and are keen to work with local hoteliers, accommodation providers, retailers, restaurants, and visitor attractions... to promote Ruthin as a visitor destination."

Comments on the application are invited with Denbighshire County Council by July 21.

A decision is due by August 22.