Planning Proposals 2018/19
The Civic Association ,looks at all
local planning applications…
In the year that has passed since the
last Annual General Meeting of the
Ruthin and District Civic Association in
October 2018, Denbighshire County
Council has received a wide range of
planning applications that were
submitted for approval. The variety
reflects the diverse nature of the
proposed schemes that individuals,
businesses and developers wish to
build in our area. Planning is a regular
item on the Committee’s agenda for its
monthly meetings and we regularly
scrutinise the planning applications
that are submitted in our postal addresses.
One of the Civic Association’s aims is to support high standards of planning and architecture in our
area and we will make constructive and supportive comments as necessary, as well as objecting to
proposals that could be considered inappropriate or insensitive.
The majority of applications submitted during the last year have been received positively and the
following gives a flavour of the schemes that were being proposed.
Small Scale Domestic Extensions and Alterations
Many were considering improving their dwellings and submissions were received from residents in
Ruthin, Llanbedr Dyffryn Clwyd, Llangynhafal, Gellifor, Graigadwywynt, Llanfair Dyffryn Clwyd,
Clawddnewydd, Pentre Celyn, Rhewl, Llanelidan, Efenechtyd, Cyffylliog, Galltegfa and Pwllglas.
A number of applications were submitted for new houses, or small groups of new houses, in the
area including at Cyffylliog, Llanfwrog, Llanbedr Dyffryn Clwyd, Ruthin, Pentre Celyn, Gellifor,
Galltegfa, Clawddnewydd, Llanfair Dyffryn Clwyd, Rhewl, Clocaenog and Llanelidan.
Larger housing schemes included 38 dwellings at Llanbedr Dyffryn Clwyd (Clwyd Alyn), 77 homes at
Glasdir, Ruthin (Clwyd Alyn) and 35 extra care apartments at Llys Awelon, Ruthin (Grwp Cynefin).
These major developments were the subject of pre-application consultation in accordance with the
Planning Act Wales 2015.
New farm storage buildings were proposed at Llanfair Dyffryn Clwyd, Pentre Celyn, Llanelidan,
Pentre Coch, Clocaenog, Llanfwrog, Llanbedr Dyffryn Clwyd, Gellifor and Llanrhaedr.
In Llanfwrog, applications were also submitted for dairy buildings, a slurry lagoon and an agricultural
At Ruthin School, applications were submitted for the siting of five portable classrooms and the
demolition of the refectory block. Coleg Cambria wish to build a community building at Coleg
Llysfasi. A safety fence was proposed at Ysgol Brynhyfryd.
Work to trees subject to TPOs were proposed at Glasfryn Ruthin, Llanfair Road Ruthin, and at Scott
House Ruthin. Also in Ruthin crown reduction of trees on St Peter’s Square and removal of trees at
Tabernacl Chapel. Work to trees was required at Llanfair Church and the felling of eight trees at St
Dyfnog’s Well Llanrhaedr.
Listed Building Applications
Applications were made to carry out work to Yr Hen Lys Ruthin, Tyddyn Tlodion Llanbedr, Bryn
Ffynnon Ruthin and Manor Plas Isaf Llanbedr.
Approval was sought for a static caravan for holiday use at Llanbedr, siting of four glamping pods in
Llanfair, four holiday pods in Cyffylliog, five holiday pods at Llanelidan and conversion of farm
outbuildings to form holiday let in Llanbedr.
Several other schemes were being proposed including an ice cream production unit in Llanychan,
extensions to service station in Ruthin, four light industrial units in Ruthin, new build at Ruthin
Waste Water Treatment Works, change of use from retail to coffee shop on St Peter’s Square
Ruthin, change of use from shop to yoga studio on Market Street Ruthin, new extension for GP
facilities at Ruthin Community Hospital, pnew Aldi store in Ruthin and new buildings at Craig y
Ddywart Quarry in Rhewl.
Not all applications were viewed favourably, however, and the Committee objected to the proposed
egg production unit at Galltegfa on environmental grounds (Town and Around, March 2019).
Concern was expressed at the impact the proposed Clwyd Alyn housing scheme at Glasdir will have
on the town’s infrastructure particularly as other housing schemes are being considered in Ruthin.
The new Aldi store also caused some debate. It was agreed, however, that there would be no
specific Civic Association response to these projects.
Local Development Plan
In August 2018, Denbighshire County Council called for Candidate Sites for the forthcoming LDP.
Landowners, developers and any others with interest in land in the county were invited to submit
suggested sites for future development, but submitting a site was not a guarantee of inclusion in the
LDP. When the Draft Replacement LDP appeared, the committee responded broadly as detailed in
the September 2019 issue of Town and Around. Concern was expressed about the periodic
waterlogging of the land between the Corwen and Wrexham roads in Ruthin. In addition, it was felt
that housing developments in Ruthin would not necessarily keep step with employment opportunities
despite the new units proposed at Aldi. Housing at the former Rhos Street schools site could result
in homes for the elderly or commuters, none of whom would necessarily contribute to the local
Viewing Planning Applications
Planning applications can be viewed on Denbighshire County Council’s web site where a weekly list
of validated planning applications can be seen. Applications can also be examined by visiting the
Caledfryn offices in Denbigh. In addition, the Denbighshire Free Press publishes a weekly list of