Decision due on flat plan to revive former Carmarthen infirmary
A LONG-AWAITED decision on the future of Carmarthen's grade two listed former infirmary could be made tomorrow when plans to turn it into flats go before planners.
Calls for the dilapidated 155 year-old building in Priory Street to be saved from ruin have been made over the past decade.
The building in Priory Street is owned by town-based builder Dorian Davies.
He submitted plans at the start of last year for 19 one and two-bedroom flats through developer ENSD.
However, there has been little movement since and calls for the building to be saved from ruin have been made over the past decade.
Mr Davies declined to comment ahead of the planning meeting.
The plans which include a new extension at the rear and two side elevations will be discussed by Carmarthenshire Council planning committee at County Hall.
Previous applications have proposed demolishing the building, which was deeply unpopular, but current proposals as set out in the planning application last year would see the exterior and main internal walls saved.
At the front of the building, existing trees will be removed and the area will become a car park providing 13 spaces for residents.
The existing access adjacent to the junction with North Parade is proposed to be stopped up with a painted fixed metal gate.
The existing car park serving flats to the rear of the infirmary at Hafan Tywi will be accessed via a new entrance from North Parade and the current access will be closed.
While the principal of saving the building is welcomed residents have raised concerns over the plans and the one-way system.
Carmarthen Town Council commends the plans but not at the detriment to residents it said.
In November last year a public meeting was held at Bethania Chapel where concerns were raised about blocking vehicular access and the rerouting of traffic down The Avenue and North Parade, which would then become one-way.
Ahead of tomorrow's crunch talks several residents have taken to using Facebook to air concerns.
Deborah Jones said: "Access to the Esplanade and the Parade is difficult on occasions at present and parking can be very difficult for local residents.
"A one way system would cause more problems as would less parking.
"There is a need to ensure a free flow of traffic along North Parade, The Avenue and Penuel Street.
A fire engine would be hard pushed to travel down these roads to get to an emergency call."
A report to the planning committee by planning officers reads: "The condition of the building is such that works need to be carried out as soon as possible in order to save the building and bringing it back to an appropriate use to safeguard its future."