AN “EYESORE” former car dealership will be demolished and replaced by a housing development.
An outline application by Wales and West Housing for the vacant Citroen Slaters Car Dealership, Bridge Street, Abergele, has been approved by Conwy County Council’s planning committee.
Plans are for 28 homes comprising ten two-bedroom houses, eight three-bedroom houses and ten two-bedroom flats.
Planning officers recommended the plans for approval after the application was amended to provide vehicle access off Bridge Street instead of Wenfro.
Cllr Tim Rowlands, Mayor of Abergele, said: “We were concerned about the road access in the original plans but with the new access off the main road that is good news.
“They have listened to concerns.
“We did not want the access through the residential area.
“This development could be good for the town. At the moment it is an eyesore.
“The new development in the town will be a benefit.”
Abergele Town Council had raised concerns over the original plans and 21 letters of objection have been submitted from residents.
However, the revised layout and access arrangements have not had any objections.
Conwy’s planning committee voted on the plans at a meeting this week.
A report to councillors said: “Officers consider that the principle of redeveloping the site for housing is acceptable.
“The proposal would improve the visual amenity of the area, and remove the potential to continue using the site for its existing use. It would maintain satisfactory distances between the existing and proposed dwellings.”
Craig Sparrow, North Wales Development Manager for Wales & West Housing, said: “We’ve got a strong working relationship with Conwy County Borough Council and this development will provide more much needed affordable homes for people in Abergele.”