TALKS ON FU­TURE

Caernarfon Herald - - NEWS -

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-

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