December 2020

Planning Proposals Submitted 19-20 by Harold Jones Since the October 2019 AGM of the Ruthin and District Civic Association, a wide variety of planning applications have been submitted in our area.  Despite the restrictions that the coronavirus has placed on us all, we have seen a steady flow of applications every month throughout the year.  These reflect the diverse schemes that individuals, businesses and organisations have put forward for consideration by Denbighshire County Council. Denbighshire County Council issued guidance on coronavirus and the planning process. Electronic applications are accepted but not hard copy till further notice. Low risk site visits are carried out where social distancing can be achieved but full on-site assessments may not be possible in all cases. Extensions of time may be needed in dealing with applications. A virtual planning committee meets on a monthly cycle. The Civic Association seeks to support high standards of planning & architecture and the Committee will make constructive and supportive comments as appropriate, as well as objecting to proposals that may be of concern or insensitive. Planning is a regular item on the committee’s agenda in its monthly meetings. The pandemic has meant that the Committee has not met since early in 2020 but, nevertheless, we have kept a close eye on applications. There has been little of concern during the year and the following gives a flavour of the applications made: Small Scale Domestic Extensions and Alterations Applications were received for properties in Graigadwywynt, Pentre Coch, Gellifor, Ruthin, Clocaenog, Rhewl, Llanfwrog, Bontuchel, Graigfechan, Pwllglas, Galltegfa, Llanfair Dyffryn Clwyd, Pentrecelyn, Clawddnewydd, Llanbedr Dyffryn Clwyd and Llangynhafal.  New Dwellings A number of proposals were for new houses or small groups of new houses in Clawddnewydd, Graigfechan, Ruthin, Cyffylliog and Gellifor.  The affordable housing at Glasdir in Ruthin proposed by Clwyd Alyn (as featured in the March 2020 edition of Town & Around) was rejected just before the lockdown. There is a second submission, with 63 rather than 77 dwellings, with revisions to layouts, access, design, materials and flood mitigation measures (see Town and Around September 2020). Agricultural Buildings New agricultural storage buildings were proposed at Llanbedr Dyffryn Clwyd, Gellifor, Bontuchel, Llanelidan, Rhewl, Llanfair Dyffryn Clwyd, Llanrhaedr and Llanfwrog. Trees A number of approvals were sought for work to trees within conservation areas or subject to TPOs, at Awelon Ruthin, Tan y Llan Llanbedr Dyffryn Clwyd, Ruthin Castle Wood, St Peter’s Square Ruthin, Maes Clwyd Park Road Ruthin, The Vicarage Wrexham Road Llanfair Dyffryn Clwyd, Bro Deg Ruthin, Greenfield Road Ruthin and Cae Castan Ruthin. Listed Building Applications   Changes noted were to 3 Cae Seren Clocaenog, a two storey extension to 10 Railway Terrace Ruthin, re-rendering of external façade at Plas y Ward Farm Rhewl, and alterations to Mococo St.Peter’s Square Ruthin to form Clogau Gold shop. Tourism Approval was sought for the conversion of outbuildings at Fachlwyd Farm Cyffylliog to form holiday units, two shepherd huts at Nant Uchaf Llanelidan, four holiday units at Tan y Graig Pentre Celyn, four holiday pods adjacent to Nant Isaf Cyffylliog, four shepherds huts with site office and septic tank at Bryn Rhedyn Farm Llanbedr Dyffryn Clwyd and erection of a reception shop and café at caravan park Llanebwch Llanfair Dyffryn Clwyd.  Miscellaneous A variety of other schemes proposed included: The use of a dwelling in Bontuchel for residential care accommodation for young males with complex needs, repairs to the war memorial in Llanfair Dyffryn Clwyd, change of use from offices to architects studio at The Gallery 1-3 Park Road Ruthin, storage unit at the Yard Brickfield Lane Ruthin, four light industrial units at Birch House Business Centre Ruthin, twelve solar photo voltaic ground mounted panels at the Forestry Office Clawddnewydd, alterations at The Feathers Ruthin to form a restaurant decking area and kitchen extension, storage building at Ruthin Rugby Club, change of use of Wern Veterinary Surgery in Ruthin to optician, change of use from barbers to hot food takeaway at 9 Clwyd Street Ruthin. Local Development Plan 2018-2033 During the consultation period for the LDP, Denbighshire County Council received many additional candidate sites for consideration and comments were asked for. This was not an opportunity to submit comments on the draft Preferred Strategy, nor was it an invitation to submit further candidate sites. The closing date for submission of comments on these additional sites was 13 March 2020. The committee had concerns particularly on the number of housing sites that could be approved and the effect that it would have on Ruthin and the surrounding villages. Our comments were detailed in the March 2020 issue of Town and Around. Viewing Planning Applications Planning applications can be viewed on Denbighshire County Council’s web site and also at its Caledfryn offices (when open to the public). The Denbighshire Free Press also publishes a weekly list of submitted applications.
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