South West Wales

Carmarthen's Infirmary flats plan is approved

Former Carmarthenshire Infirmary (Pic: Marion Phillips)
Image caption The hospital closed in 1995 with rear buildings demolished for flats and parking

Plans to transform a derelict former hospital in Carmarthen into flats have been approved by councillors.

Permission has been granted to build 19 flats at the old Carmarthenshire Infirmary, provided elements of the original listed building are retained.

Councillors visited the site before taking the decision on Tuesday.

The Italianate design hospital, opened in 1858, shut in 1995 with part of the exterior demolished in 2002 to allow other flats to be developed nearby.

The building was listed in 1981.

The planning report before councillors recommended approval for the redevelopment and outlined serious concerns about the building's condition.

"Clearly the neglect of the building over the last decade or so has resulted in dereliction and severe dry rot infestation," it said.

"Most of the proposed works will compromise the building's special architectural and historic interest.

"Most of the works would not have been necessary had the building been repaired and maintained in good condition."

Image caption The former Carmarthenshire Infirmary opened in 1858

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