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Domestic Abuse and Safety Unit applies for emergency accommodation

A COLWYN Bay-based domestic abuse charity has applied for permission to transform an outbuilding into emergency accommodation.

The Domestic Abuse and Safety Unit (DASU) charity has applied to Conwy County Council’s planning department, seeking permission for a change of use for a redundant outbuilding at the back of its Colwyn Bay offices.

The charity’s chief executive Gaynor McKeown has submitted the planning application for the former Coach House building at the rear of 74 Conway Road, behind the DASU office.

DASU provides domestic abuse advice, refuge, and occupational therapy, amongst other services, to people suffering from domestic abuse.

The charity has a domestic abuse safety unit in Shotton and offices based in Flintshire, Rhyl, Colwyn Bay, Denbigh, and Wrexham.

If the plans get the go-ahead, the building will have a slate roof, brick walls, and brown-painted timber windows, and the timber doors will be painted black.

The application’s supporting information reads:”The owners of the offices at 74 Conwy Road have identified a need for emergency accommodation.

“The outbuilding, which is redundant and boarded up, could easily provide the identified need.

“It is apparent from the general condition of the outbuilding that it has been unused for many years and although structurally sound is suffering from a lack of maintenance.

“The proposed change of use would provide investment in the building to enhance its visual appearance and to ensure investment in its future maintenance.”

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The plans will now go before Conwy’s planning committee for consideration.