Plans to be submitted for major development to transform iconic seafront site
Richard Evans, local democracy reporter
Today Rhos Point is covered in weeds, rust and litter with birds nesting in its derelict buildings, but the site was once home to the town’s iconic pier, which was dismantled in 1954 after a fire.
The site is currently leased to Tir Prince Raceway who unveiled ambitious plans for the spot over two years ago.
In February 2019, Llandudno Pier owner and Tir Prince chief executive Adam Williams revealed plans to regenerate the area, potentially with a Mediterranean-style restaurant, upmarket coffee shop and kiosk.
It’s believed, however, that the pandemic has stalled the plans.
Consequently, the area remains overgrown with weeds and suffering from neglect, but the good news is that a planning application could soon further the development.
A spokesman for Tir Prince said the site was being tidied up before a planning application is submitted.
“Workers were at the site today (Tuesday) to help clean up the location,” he said.
“They will undertake ground testing in the coming weeks before finalising the plans for the site and submitting a planning application.”
A Conwy County Council spokeswoman commented: “The transfer of the leasehold of this site to the preferred developer (Tir Prince Raceway Ltd) is in the hands of solicitors and progressing; the transfer is subject to planning consent.”
Over two years ago, Mr Williams revealed he had big plans for the area.
“We will knock it all down apart from the tollhouse – this will be a multi-million-pound development, and we will create between 70 and 100 new jobs here,” he said.
“We are planning a large restaurant, and it will be about quality rosette-standard food. Due to its location and the Mediterranean feel, we will be looking towards this theme with the restaurant.”
He added: “There will be an upmarket coffee shop at the other side of the site – with a lot of homemade produce.”
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