PLANS have been submitted to transform Gwrych Castle into a luxury hotel complex.
An application for the derelict Gothic site on the outskirts Abergele has been lodged with Conwy County Council by owners Castle Developments.
Jason Sanderson, chief executive of Castle Developments, said if approved the hotel could create more than 130 jobs.
He said: “Since acquiring the castle in 2010, we have undertaken a considered approach to the design of the proposed scheme.
“The application provides for the reinstatement of the existing castle building in it’s entirety to create a world-class destination hotel, spa, banqueting and conference facility, along with a visitor centre to be provided in the old Melon House to the east end of the main wall.
“This is intended to provide space for a permanent exhibition of the history of Gwrych.
“In order to achieve the required number of bedrooms to make the facility viable as a destination hotel and to provide the requisite banqueting and back-of-house facilities, we have had to provide a number of extensions to the existing building.
“We consider these to have been designed to provide the least impact to the existing building, with use of the internal courtyard space and new East wings concealed within the existing topography of the site with planted walls providing additional mitigation of any impact.”
The castle was built in the early 1800s by Lloyd Hesketh Bamford-Hesketh, and passed on to his heirs, the Dundonalds, but left the hands of the family after the Second World War.
The site was used for various medieval re-enactments, banquets and attractions before closing to the public in 1985.
A consultation is now ongoing with the plans expected to be discussed by county planners by the end of the summer.