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Developers behind major plans to revamp Rhyl’s seafront say they are aiming to complete their project within three years.
A timetable has been released by Neptune, the Liverpool firm which unveiled proposals for new leisure facilities on the promenade last December as part of the Rethink Rhyl campaign. The regeneration plans have been split into four phases – but all will still need planning permission from Denbighshire councillors before they can go ahead.
An bid to refurbish the Pavilion Theatre, build a Travelodge hotel and demolish the Sun Centre is due to be submitted by the end of the month. Neptune aims to have permission for all four phases of the project within a year.
RHYL REVAMP TIMETABLE:
- February 2016: Planning application for ‘Cultural and Hospitality Zone’ submitted, including Rhyl Sun Centre demolition, Travelodge construction and Pavilion Theatre revamp.
- December 2016: Work begins on ‘Active Leisure Centre’ – between Memorial Garden and the Events Arena, including revamp of the Children’s Village and the underground car park.
- May 2017: Work completed on ‘Active Leisure Zone’ completed. Construction work begins on the new Aquatic Centre to replace the Sun Centre.
- September 2017: ‘Cultural and Hospitality Zone’ completed.
- August 2018: Aquatic Centre and ‘Family Entertainment Zone’ completed, including new plaza and restaurants centred around cinema and illuminated Sky Tower.
Denbighshire council leader Hugh Evans said they were now moving towards a more formal agreement on Neptune’s plans: ”These proposals will regenerate the Rhyl waterfront, adding new attractions, consolidating existing ones and introducing missing commercial elements, all of which it is anticipated will significantly increase footfall…the proposals constitute a key element of the next phase of regeneration work in Rhyl.”
Neptune was appointed by the council as development partners last February – in December, their proposals were launched at a public consultation held at Point FM’s White Rose Centre studio.
The cabinet will be briefed on the latest developments at a meeting in Ruthin on Tuesday.