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Developer has been urged to drop plans to build apartments on Llandudno car park

A developer has been urged to drop plans to build flats on a car park and campervan site in Llandudno.

McCarthy Stone is proposing to develop land at Maelgwyn Road car park off Gloddaeth Street – erecting 55 apartments for the over-60s.

As well as being used as a car park Conwy council says it can accommodate campervan and motorhome parking during the day due to larger parking bays. There are a growing number of visitors holidaying in these vehicles.

The developer said demand for retirement living accommodation was growing in the UK and Aberconwy already has a higher than average older population.

Maelgwyn Road car park, Llandudno

They added: “The site’s location in Llandudno will benefit future residents, with local amenities on their doorstep, including shops, restaurants, and health care facilities.

“The area also has excellent public transport links with local bus services stopping close by.”

But Aberconwy MS Janet Finch-Saunders is concerned about the loss of car parking space – especially with tourism in the town booming after the lifting of lockdown restrictions.

The Senedd member urged the developer to instead reach a deal with Anwyl Homes for the former Gogarth Abbey Hotel site at West Shore, which has been empty for over a decade.

She said: “As is noted in the virtual exhibition, the site has a great range of local amenities close by.

“The site is therefore ideal as a car park and should remain a car park.

“Llandudno cannot afford to lose any parking spaces. Residents and people who travel to Llandudno for weekly shopping or holidays will know well the parking chaos the community encounters.

“I would recommend that McCarthy Stone withdraw and contact Anwyl Homes so to try and acquire the Gogarth Abbey Hotel site which has been left undeveloped for far too long.”

Link to the virtual exhibition.

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