Green light for £6m castle developments21 March 2013
Planning officials have given the go-ahead to a multi-million-pound development at Harlech Castle. The Snowdonia National Park Authority (SNPA) planning committee carried out a site visit before approving the plans with conditions.
The plans include turning the ground floor of the former Castle Hotel into a visitor centre and converting the upper floors into five self-contained visitor apartments, as well as creating a new café, and a new more accessible bridge from the visitor centre to the castle.
The castle currently attracts 93,000 visitors a year but it is hoped that the new development will help attract 145,000 visitors. The conditions will be imposed in relation to parking for the disabled, non-reflective glass and potential noise for the electricity sub-station.
Cllr Caerwyn Roberts, who represents Harlech on Gwynedd Council, said that Cadw was investing £6-million in the project. He said: “The project is a good opportunity for better interpretation of the castle and the history and the new bridge to the castle will make it accessible to everyone.
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