Llandudno bedsit plans return to planning committee

A CONTROVERSIAL planning application to convert a former Llandudno bed and breakfast into a bedsit will again come before Conwy’s planning committee this week. 

In August, councillors threw out a planning application to convert the Mayfair at 11 Deganwy Avenue into a house-of-multiple occupation (HMO). 

But Conwy County Council received dozens of letters from concerned hoteliers fearing problems with anti-social behaviour, drug use, and police visiting the area. 

The council also came under fire for continuing to use the site to temporarily house homeless people, despite temporary planning permission to operate as an HMO expiring on July 5. 

But councillors will again discuss the matter on Wednesday (September 28) when the planning committee meet at Bodlondeb. 

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That’s because, although councillors have already rejected the plans, councillors must reaffirm their decision after going against council planning officers’ advice. 

Before August’s planning meeting, planning officers had recommended that councillors should approve the plans.  

The Mayfair has been used as temporary accommodation under emergency legislation, passed during the COVID pandemic.  

The application was for a two-year extension to run as an HMO, which expired in July.  

At August’s planning meeting, Llandudno Hospitality Association chairman Berin Jones spoke out against the plans, arguing Deganwy Avenue was protected as part of a holiday accommodation zone. 

At the same meeting, Cllr Mandy Hawkins said the B&B went against the council’s own local development plan and was unfit for purpose, adding: “We are stripping people of their human rights and dignity.” 

Cllr Jo Nuttall had also joined the debate, adding: “In our own LDP (local development plan) it says there is a need to protect our tourist sector, particularly in the coastal resorts.” 

Cllr Nigel Smith also said he had grown up in Rhyl and had seen the damage caused when hotels were converted into HMOs. 

Conwy’s planning committee will debate the application at Bodlondeb on Wednesday.

North Wales Pioneer | Llandudno