Changes to plans to preserve Rhyl’s town centre will be discussed by members of Denbighshire’s planning committee this week.

Councillors on the county’s planning committee will be updated on the planned changes to the conservation area.

The update follows on from last year’s decision by the committee to open an eight week public consultation on the conservation area.

Originally, there were two separate conservation areas in central Rhyl but, in 2007, it was decided to review them and combine them into one larger conservation area.

The current area covers much of the town centre, from Abbey Road in the east to Bath Street in the west and from West Parade in the north to the railway station in the south.

A conservation area is an area of special architectural or historic interest the character or appearance of which it is desirable to preserve or enhance.

In the latest update it’s proposed that areas around Edward Henry Street, Premier Inn site, Harkers Amusements and Queen Street  be removed due to erosion of character and areas around Morlan Park, Bath Street and High Street are suggested for inclusion as they retain character which should be protected.

A report to councillors said: “There is no statutory requirement to consult prior to the revision of a conservation area, however it is clearly good practice to consult with local property owners and residents, businesses and other interests, such as amenity bodies.”

Conservation body, Cadw also welcomed the changes to the area but did raise fears that it did not go far enough.

In it’s response to the consultation the report said: “Cadw supports the extensions proposed to the conservation area to include the upper parts of Bath Street and Morlan Park and the former Regal Cinema but have concerns about proposals to exclude areas on the along the north-west boundary of the Conservation Area; the Premier Inn, Harker’s Amusements and Queen Street development sites, Clarence Road coach park and the northern end of Edward Henry Street, as this could weaken control over future development.”