The redevelopment of Rhyl's waterfront could take another leap forward if plans to breathe new life into another vacant building.

Denbighshire County Council’s (DCC) Cabinet has agreed to purchase the former Savoy Hotel on the West Parade as well as an option to buy the Queens Market, Theatre and Hotel within the next three years - pending external funding.

Cllr Hugh Evans, leader of DCC, said: “These buildings are substantially vacant and in a poor state of repair and condition.

“The Council wants to bring this critical element of the town centre back into productive economic use to provide new employment and business opportunities."

Plans for the vacant former Savoy Hotel and Amusement Arcade will see DCC work with a development partner to find a new use for the site.

Approval will be hinged on the success of securing external funding for all costs. DCC have applied for a Building for the Future grant from the Welsh Assembly Government and Welsh European Funding Office to cover the cost of the project. If grant funding is not forthcoming, the acquisition will not proceed.

A revamped Savoy Hotel would add to the significant investment being poured into Rhyl’s waterfront, joining the £15million SC2 water park and the £25million Marina Quay retail park developments.

Cllr Evans added: “We are looking to provide a mix of uses to provide a sustainable and economically viable town centre for the future.”

Cllr Julian Thompson-Hill, the DCC’s lead member for finance, performance and strategic assets, said: “We believe this area is key to the redevelopment of Rhyl town centre and to increase, and sustain footfall as well.

"The site is key to helping connect the town centre to the new waterfront developments.

“The ongoing redevelopment of Rhyl is part of the Council’s corporate priorities to capitalise on Denbighshire’s economic potential.”