Plans to build 70 new apartments on the site of Denbigh’s grammar school have been given the go ahead.
The £10 million Pentre Canol scheme will provide new extra care accommodation for older and vulnerable people – along with a community living unit and a cafe.
The proposals by the Grŵp Cynefin housing association were submitted to Denbighshire County Council last January – they were approved by a planning committee at County Hall in Ruthin on Wednesday morning.
The council’s head of community support services, Phil Gilroy, said: ”Extra care schemes have proved extremely popular in Denbighshire, as they allow people to continue living independently in their own homes, with the reassurance that help and support is available 24 hours a day, should people need it.”
”The scheme at Pentre Canol aims to provide top quality extra care service for residents of Denbigh and surrounding communities; the facilities are close to the town centre amenities and there are regular public transport services in and out of the town.”
The derelict land on Middle Lane was last used as a youth club and further education centre before falling into disrepair. Denbigh Grammar School had been built on the site during the 1902-3 term before the original site closed in 1983.
Grŵp Cynefin regeneration director Rhys Dafis said: ”We are delighted to be working in partnership with Denbighshire County Council on the regeneration of this site, which will provide much needed housing for older people in Denbigh. We will also be working with the local community to ensure the wider community benefits of the scheme are maximised.”
When the plans were first submitted in January, the group said any contractor hired to build the new apartments would be required to use local employees and suppliers.