School whose closure was opposed by Welsh language campaigners to be turned into holiday lets
Gareth Wyn Williams, local democracy reporter
Plans have been submitted to change a former island primary school, which was the subject of a campaign to avoid its closure, into holiday lets.
Anglesey Council has received an application to transform the former home of Ysgol Gynradd Llanddeusant into a four-bedroom holiday let.
Having served the village and wider Tref Alaw community in rural north west Anglesey for 164 years, the school shut its doors in 2011 with 18 pupils left on the roll.
It was the subject of a Cymdeithas yr Iaith campaign to avoid the closure of a number of Welsh language schools in the area, including Llanfaethlu, Llanfachraeth and Llanrhyddlad, and merge them together into one area school.
With 10 affordable homes being built on the former playing fields, the school building itself was eventually transformed into the offices of Cadarn Consulting Engineers.
But following the company’s relocation to Llangefni, new plans have now been submitted.
The supporting documents accompanying Dr Masood Malik’s new application, state: “This would preserve the building for generations to come, boosting the local economy and encouraging tourism to Anglesey as a whole.”
Proposing only minor alterations to the exterior, the bulk of any permitted development would be to the interior to accommodate a four bedroom property.
Marketed to capitalise on the village’s most famous landmark of Melin Llynon, which is Wales’ only working windmill, Dr Malik added that efforts will be made to mark the building’s rich history.
“To maintain the cultural heritage of the building I will put a display in the entrance of the building outlining the school’s history.
“I will showcase photos, paper articles, significant events and former pupils. I have already spoken to members of the community who are very happy to submit photos and memorabilia for the display.
“It will be a legacy for future generations and acknowledgement of a forgotten history. I would be happy for the council to be involved in this if they wish to do so to celebrate the local community.”
A building condition inspection report found the building to be “in need of significant repairs and upgrading to both internal and external fabrics.”
It’s expected that Anglesey Council’s planning committee will consider the application over the coming months following a public consultation including the views of Tref Alaw Community Council.