PLANS to turn a former village pub into holiday accommodation have been amended after refusal by council planners.

In May, a planning application was submitted to turn the The Bull Inn on Deiniolen High Street into self-catering accommodation.

Officers turned down the applicants over concerns that original plans would “cause significant harm to the visual amenities of the area.”

They based this finding on a proposed dormer window on the roof of the former pub, with the applicants now having amended the original plans as a result.

The applicant, Mr John Bowman of Penmachno, has reduced the size and changed the location of the window, also amending the internal layout to provide more spacious accommodation.

The design and access statement, accompanying the amended application, notes: “The premises was formerly a public house with hotel accommodation above and was marketed for sale for a couple of years with little interest, confirming its lack of suitability as a public house in this location.

“However there is a demand for tourist accommodation in the area so it is proposed to convert the property into 100% holiday usage.

“There is a proven demand for this type of holiday accommodation, bourne out by the successful change of use of The Ship Inn in Colwyn Bay and the Mountain View Pub in Penmaenmawr.”

According to the applicants, the building has “begun to fall into disrepair, but the development would provide a “positive contribution” to the area and use local contractors and suppliers.

It adds: “The site is ideally situated for self-catering holiday accommodation and the proposed change of use will make a positive contribution to the local area in terms of economic development and employment.

“It is expected that visitors will generally remain within the surrounding area for the duration of their stay and, consequently, benefit other businesses in the area such as shops, restaurants, pubs and local attractions.”

Its expected that a decision will be made by Gwynedd Council planners over the coming months.