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‘Apart-hotel’ and cafe plans submitted for former Conwy Police Station

Conwy Police Station is set to be partly demolished and transformed into an ‘apart-hotel’ with a possible café – if planning permission is granted.

Plans have been submitted by architects for the former police station on Lancaster Square which include repairs, alterations, and partial demolition of the building.

The station is a listed building within Conwy’s walls, a World Heritage Site, but has been closed since 2022, with police operations gradually scaled back over the years.

On behalf of architects Donald Insall Associates, Mr Alun Jones submitted the application to Conwy County Council’s planning department for the 241-square-metre site, looking to transform the building into ’19 apart hotel studios’ which will include either a café or retail space.

The parts of the police station proposed to demolished are the later-constructed rear additions to the building, which include staff room, cells, and a yard and roof terrace, as well as external walls facing York Place and Rose Hill Street.

A statement in the application explained why part of the building needs demolishing.

“The existing layout is of poor quality and is not suitable for conversion to the required apart hotel use,” the statement reads.

“The Bangor Road/Rose Hill Street elevation is a largely blank boundary wall which creates an imposing and unsettling street frontage.

Whilst this clearly relates to the buildings former use, containing the inmate cells, the elevation lacks human scale and has a detrimental effect on the conservation area.”

If granted, the new mixed-use hotel and café could create four full-time and four part-time jobs.

According to the application, the police station dates back to 1900.

The planning application, though, must first be debated by Conwy’s planning committee at a future Bodlonddeb meeting.