Hotel in a flap over unwelcome bats

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A multi-million pound project to convert Caernarfon’s historic Plas Brereton estate into a nine-bedroomed boutique hotel could be postponed following the discovery of roosting bats.

The developers Cabot Park, plan to carry out an extension on the dilapidated mansion house to add a 120-seat restaurant and build 20 holiday units on the hotel grounds.

Purchased last year, the site has been empty for over a decade after previous redevelopment plans proved unsuccessful and Cabot hopes the Gwynedd council planning committee will make a final decision on the project in the near future.

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Speaking to the Daily Post, Patrick Anderson, from Cabot Park Ltd said: “The planning department have been accommodating and discussions have gone well. We have been slowed down by ecology issues and in particular two bats in the main house.

“We are doing a bat mitigation plan to deal with this issue.

“We are hopeful that this will come before the planning committee on the first Monday in March. Until we receive that planning consent it is difficult to go out to secure operators for the hotel.”

A Gwynedd Council spokesperson said: “The Council has received a planning application to convert the Plas Brereton building into a restaurant and hotel along with the construction of new holiday units.

“Officers from the Council’s Planning Service are in discussions with the applicant and are awaiting further details before the application will be considered for a decision.”

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