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
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.
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).
New agricultural storage buildings were proposed at Llanbedr Dyffryn Clwyd, Gellifor, Bontuchel,
Llanelidan, Rhewl, Llanfair Dyffryn Clwyd, Llanrhaedr and Llanfwrog.
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.
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.
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.