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Anglesey’s historic Aberbraint mansion set for revival under new housing development plan | Wales Online

By Vaseline May27,2024

A developer is hoping to save a semi-derelict Welsh country house. Grŵp Amos Cymru is hoping to save the half-abandoned Aberbraint mansion on the Isle of Anglesey before the building reaches the point of rescue.

The substantial property near Llanfairpwll and Menai Bridge dates back to 1820 and was once owned by John Saunderson Esq, estate manager of the Plas Newydd Estate. The house has undergone a number of changes since then, including a renovation and extension in the late 19th and early 20th centuries and recently converted into three homes, North Wales Live reports.

The house, a piece of important history, was given a Grade II* listing by Cadw in 1952 for being ‘a richly detailed early 19th century house in a Gothic idiom, with high quality 17th to 18th century woodwork as an integral part of the Gothic character. ” For more real estate stories sent to your inbox twice a week Subscribe here for the real estate newsletter.

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Grŵp Amos Cymru owns the substantial Grade II listed Aberbraint near Llanfairpwll(Image: Grŵp Amos Cymru)

The historic house is currently in a state of disrepair, but plans have been approved for its redevelopment. However, Amos has identified a ‘conservation gap’ of around £1 million, which refers to the situation where the cost of repairing the heritage property after repair or conversion exceeds its market value.

To address this issue the company has submitted a full planning application for the construction of 25 homes, an internal access road, pedestrian link and associated works and landscaping at Tan y Graig Farm, Pentraeth. Consultation on this proposal will take place before an application is submitted to the Isle of Anglesey County Council.

Cadnant Planning, consultants and agents for the proposed project, said: “Significant works are required to be carried out to the existing Grade II listed building in Aberbraint. Although the works required to bring the building back into use in an appropriate and sensitive manner are now requirement These works cannot be carried out because there is a significant ‘conservation deficit’ if the cost of repairing the heritage asset exceeds its market value after completion of the repair or conversion.

The house stands on approximately 2.5 hectares of land near Llanfairpwll(Image: Amos Group)

“To address the conservation gap and ensure that the regeneration scheme of the historic asset in Aberbraint is viable, a scheme is proposed for the construction of 25 homes at Tan y Graig, comprising a mix of open market properties and on the local market. consists of Enabling Development, which will secure the long-term future of the Grade II listed building by capitalizing on the increase in land values ​​resulting from the Tan y Graig development.”

Enabling Development is seen as the principle of allowing development that would have a detrimental impact on a heritage site, but the wider benefits are such that they outweigh any disadvantages associated with the proposal, according to the website of RCA Regeneration.

The mansion is in danger (Image: Amos Group)

The company added: “Pre-application discussions prior to the formulation of this planning application indicated that due to the fact that the application site at Tan y Graig is in open countryside, the policy of the development plan would not support the development of an open market to support. and housing on the local market and therefore attention should be paid to Policy AT 2 of the Development Plan, which supports development promotion activities aimed at securing the conservation and/or alternative use of a listed building, provided that the criteria within the Policy are met.

“The proposals involve the complete restoration of Aberbraint from its current semi-derelict state to continue to be used as three residential units within the main house. This is considered to be the most suitable proposal which would not seek to change its use. It is considered to be the minimum required without the need to expand or change the property.

The substantial house dates from 1820(Image: Amos Group)

“The extent of the damage, disrepair and structural deterioration clearly visible in the building make it clear that only major work and restoration can safeguard the heritage. Alternatives, such as temporary work or basic work to make the building safe being wind and watertight in this case would not be sufficient to safeguard the heritage for the future, as the building would continue to deteriorate without a viable use.

“In this case, the applicant was considering the potential to allow development on land within their control at Aberbraint, but in a location that would not adversely impact on the Aberbraint heritage setting.

“However, the land around Aberbraint is within a Zone 3 flood risk area, which would not support the development of highly vulnerable developments such as residential and holiday destinations, which would provide the highest value development to meet the conservation gap identified for Aberbraint. “

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