An important milestone has been reached in the multi-million pound investment of Rhyl waterfront, with permission granted for a planning application that will kick start the first phase of the development.
Members of Denbighshire’s Planning Committee today (Wednesday) agreed the proposal to redevelop over four hectares of land which includes the following elements:
- Demolition of the former Sun Centre and the external refurbishment of the adjoining Pavilion Theatre
- 73 bedroom hotel
- New car and coach parking
- Retention of the Kite Surf Centre and public toilets
Outline planning permission was also granted for Exhibition / Events Centre as an extension to the Pavilion Theatre and for two family restaurants.
These proposals form part of the development of the Culture and Hospitality Zone, which is the first phase of the major redevelopment. The other zones are: family entertainment; aquatic centre zone and the active leisure zone. Work is also underway, looking at a Town Centre Masterplan as part of the overall programme.
In a separate development, two further applications submitted by Neptune Developments have been approved. The first application proposed a complete make-over of the iconic Sky Tower, redecorating the exterior of Rhyl’s landmark structure and installing a feature lighting scheme to make the tower a visible statement of the town’s renewed confidence and regeneration.
The other application approved was for two new pedestrian entrances formed into the Children’s Village car park from West Parade and the Sky Tower car park, which will provide better connectivity and easier access between the car park and the town centre. These works will be accompanied by improvements to the car park’s lighting.
Leader of Denbighshire, Councillor Hugh Evans OBE, Cabinet Lead Member for the Economy, said “This is a significant development for the Rhyl waterfront development and we are at a point now where the proposals are gathering significant pace.
“The recent £3.5million funding received through the Welsh Government’s Vibrant and Viable places scheme has allowed us to accelerate work on many elements of the scheme, including the demolition of the Sun Centre and upgrade of the Pavilion Theatre.
“While we have now secured planning permission for an Exhibition / Events Centre, the proposals for it have yet to be developed. If these do go ahead, now that we have planning permission, it would allow us to get started straight away.”
“Developments and improvements to the promenade will not only benefit Rhyl’s economy through increased footfall from visitors, but are also creating something to be enjoyed by residents of Rhyl, Denbighshire and wider North Wales communities. We’re investing to create a better town with a better quality and more enjoyable offer for everyone who lives, visits or does business in Rhyl.”