Key decision allows Denbigh Hospital regeneration plans to move forward

PRT has welcomed a decision by the Welsh Government to back a compulsory purchase of the former North Wales Hospital in Denbigh, describing it as a major step forward for the revival of the site's magnificent Victorian buildings.

The decision last week followed a lengthy public inquiry held earlier in 2015 after the site owner challenged a Compulsory Purchase Order served by Denbighshire County Council. The CPO would require the owners to sell the site and buildings to the Council, who will then transfer ownership to the newly-formed North Wales Building Preservation Trust. The Trust will be supported by PRT to drive forward the site's redevelopment.

The Council's planning committee voted for the CPO back in September 2013 after the owner failed to comply with the Council's Repairs Notice requiring it to carry out significant repairs to the buildings.

PRT chief executive Ros Kerslake said: “We are thrilled at this decision by the Welsh government and now look forward to working with Denbighshire County Council and the North Wales Building Preservation Trust to move forward with our plans for this hugely important heritage site. We are very optimistic that there is a viable and valuable future for the former North Wales Hospital.” 

The former North Wales Hospital was built in 1844-8 to provide care for Welsh-speakers suffering from mental illnesses and closed its doors in 1995. The main hospital building is Grade II* listed.

PRT has been working closely with Denbighshire County Council for many years to rescue the site's important buildings. In the autumn of 2014, we submitted a planning application on behalf of the council for the transformation of the site into a mixed-use development involving new homes, employment space and community facilities.

More details on the decision can be found on the Denbighshire County Council website here.