TALKS ON FUTURE
THE developers behind the Plas Glynllifon hotel project are in talks to take ownership of the country park, pleasure gardens and various buildings in the grounds.
Paul and Rowena Williams bought the former home of Lord Newborough last year and are in the middle of a £20m scheme to create a luxury hotel and wedding venue.
Now discussions are under way with Gwynedd council and Grŵp Llandrillo Menai over taking control of parts of the vast estate grounds surrounding the mansion.
They have put forward proposals to Gwynedd Council to take ownership of the Parc Glynllifon, craft units and ancillary buildings – which would then be managed by a community interest company.
Plas Glynllifon Limited are also in negotiations with Grŵp Llandrillo Menai to take ownership of the main entrance archway, Fort Williamsburg, the mausoleum, walled gardens, stable block and some grazing land. Under the proposal, the Grŵp would relocate all teaching operations, accommodation and facilities to the north of the estate.
They say plans for this land could create a significant number of jobs and attract 250,000 visitors a year.
Paul and Rowena Williams said: “It has been no secret that, from the outset of our project, we had a wider vision for Plas Glynllifon and wanted to repatriate some of the more historic parts of the estate back to the mansion house.
“To enable this, Plas Glynllifon Limited commenced discussions with Gwynedd Council and Grŵp Llandrillo Menai, who own Glynllifon, last year.
“Those discussions are now advanced and, whilst nothing is agreed, there is a shared vision amongst all parties for the restoration of the mansion and pleas- ure grounds, with a business model that can deliver sustainability to ensure that none of the historic assets within the estate fall back into disrepair.”
Plas Glynllifon Ltd plan to form a not-for-profit organisation to manage the park to ensure full restoration, sustainability and future development of all the historic assets.
They say, as well as working closely with the council and college, they want to engage with the wider community over the proposals.
They said: “The overarching goal is to establish effective management of the entire estate as an all-encompassing visitor attraction.
“The initial proposal being put forward by Plas Glynllifon Limited is that the Parc could be managed and monitored by a community interest company (CIC), with management representatives which will include members of the public, council, Grŵp and Plas Glynllifon, with support and advice from a number of expert parties.
“As such, the council would be relieved of the onerous and costly task of restoring the grounds in accordance to the legal, listed requirements but will still have decision-making powers to influence the development of the Parc.”
They said Plas Glynllifon CIC would: ● Restore the pleasure grounds and walled gardens. ● Run the pleasure grounds for the public good. ● Ensure a fully restored landscape remaining open to the public.
Paul and Rowena Williams said: “Plas Glynllifon would become accessible to more people than it has ever been. It will operate as a public visitor attraction, supported by commercial activities, including garden cen-