PLANS to convert a former St Asaph hospital into a housing development have been approved.

The proposal for the site of former HM Stanley hospital will see it transformed into an 85-home development, with 33 of those catering to those with a need for assisted living.

The plans have been approved by Denbighshire County Council’s Planning Committee at a meeting held last week.

Goronwy Owen, land procurement and development manager at Pure Residential and Commercial, said: “Obviously we are very pleased by the decision and the amount of support we received from councillors indicates just how important it is to get this site developed.

“There are still some conditions we need to adhere to as a result of the meeting, but all being well we are looking to begin demolition on the site within the next couple of months.”

One of the conditions put forward by the committee was to ensure there was access to the Welsh Ambulance Service station and St Kentigern Hospice throughout the development process.

St Asaph councillor Dewi Owens, said: “The news that plans for this site have been approved is excellent news for the city of St Asaph.

“Not only will it provide the area with much-needed employment opportunities, but having these extra homes will also give retailers in the city an economic boost, so it is fantastic news for the area that this has been given the go ahead.”

We anticipate the project will take in the region of three years to complete and will include partial demolition of some of the buildings on the site, including the redevelopment of the Grade II listed buildings on the eight-acre area.