Executive Director of Development at ClwydAlyn, Craig Sparrow said:
“We are delighted with the planning decision today. The first phase of 44 energy efficient, lifetime homes will be prioritised for current residents already living within Penrhos Polish Village, and people with low to medium care and support needs from within the local community. In addition, there are two homes, which will be used as supported accommodation for adults with learning disabilities.
“We have planned the development in three phases to minimise the disruption to the residents living on site. Residents can stay in their existing homes until the new homes are ready and then decide what they would like to do, nobody will be forced to move.
“We committed from the outset that the development of a new care home will form a key part of the plans. We are working with Cyngor Gwynedd and Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board to look at different options that will support an innovative new care model on the site and this will form part of a separate planning application.
“For many years the site has been seen as a haven, providing essential accommodation and support to Polish ex-servicemen and women who remained in Britain following World War II, offering homes to couples, families as well as older people. This is a long-term development for ClwydAlyn, and we’ll continue to work with partners, Cyngor Gwynedd and Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board, as well as residents and the local community to shape future plans.
“It’s understandable that some residents are apprehensive about the redevelopment, but we are passionate about retaining the strong sense of community that currently exists at Penrhos as the site moves into the next chapter of its history.”