Thanks to a backing from professional planners, the long dormant Tudno Castle Hotel in Llandudno could now become a Premier Inn in a £10million venture. Although only an initial sign of anything happening, the project would breathe life back into a classic building which has been derelict since 2008.
Almost one and a half centuries old, the Tudno dates back to the 1870’s when it was known as two hotels: the Tudno Castle and the Temperance Hotel. After the pair joined, the establishment became the Great Western Hotel and then back to Tudno Castle sometime later.
Conwy Council have given their approval to the project which will see 110 jobs created to assist in a 63 bed Premier Inn, retail units and restaurants which include the famous Prezzo: a popular Italian chain. More details are expected to follow on the other bars and restaurants in the future.
Previously there has been an effort from Opus Land to build a similar enterprise but it fell through when it didn’t receive approval. The preliminary backing from council officials bodes well for tomorrow’s (Wednesday 8th of July) planning committee meeting where the future of this historic landmark will be decided.
The planning report in full stated: “This is a comprehensive re-development of a prominent site at the entrance to Llandudno main shopping street and it is considered that the provision of such a development, whilst maintaining the tourism element on the site, providing significant employment numbers and ensuring the decorative facades of such an important listed building within the Conservation Area are retained is worthy of support.
“The proposal is in accordance with National planning policy and planning policies in the Conwy Local Development Plan in terms of supporting economic development and protecting cultural heritage assets.”
It would be a shame to see the Tudno continue to fall into disrepair and dormancy so here’s hoping these latest plans get the thumbs up.
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