North East Wales

Clawdd-newydd's Pool Park set for 'care village' development

Pool Park at Clawdd-newydd, near Ruthin
Image caption The house on the Pool Park estate was in the same family for 200 years

A 16th Century estate in Denbighshire could be turned into a "care village" with a 38-bed home and 60 apartments.

Pool Park at Clawdd-newydd, near Ruthin, has stood empty since it closed as a hospital 20 years ago and its condition has since become a concern.

A property developer who bought the 29-acre estate and buildings at auction in the 1990s has now submitted plans to the county council.

Part of the estate was used as a prison of war camp during World War II.

A report commissioned by owners Ruthin-based Roberts Homes says: "It is widely recognised that the current condition of both house and grounds gives cause for concern and that a viable and sustainable use needs to be found."

The main building is grade II-listed and includes a grand staircase with wood panelling.

Other protected features include the kitchen walled garden, which was once heated as well as a sun dial, which is dated 1661.

Owner Ian Roberts said some features were removed from the building and retained for safekeeping, including wood panels and wooden "angels".

Deer park

"We were concerned if anyone broke in," he said, adding that lead had been stolen from the roof.

Plans include returning the land around the buildings to their former state and using the walled garden as allotments for residents.

Image caption The walled kitchen garden at Pool Park

The estate is said to have medieval origins as a deer park for Ruthin Castle.

It occupied 17,000 acres when it came up for auction in the 1920s, having been owned by the same family for 200 years.

Some of the trees on the estate are said to date to the 15th Century, according to documents to support the planning application available to view on Denbighshire council's website.

One document says an "estate village of cottages" is proposed on a lane running south east from the main house beyond the walled garden.

Other plans include restoring a former bowling green and providing an on-site cafe.

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