Tourist information centre to be converted into five flats

By Antony Gedge in Planning

THE building currently housing Aberystwyth’s Tourist Information Centre can be converted into five apartments, Ceredigion County Council planners have ruled.

But work at Lisburne House will not be able to take place until the completion of work to revamp and extend Ceredigion Museum because, while the council has agreed terms to sell the building, the council will not finalise the sale until the renovation work on the museum has been completed.

The council’s Cabinet agreed to put Lisburne House up for sale after deciding the town’s TIC would move into the renovated former Boots building, which is undergoing work as part of the Ceredigion Museum development. Proceeds from the sale have been earmarked to fund the council’s contribution toward the cost of the scheme.

The plan given permission under delegated powers of council planning officers would see the upper floors of Lisburne House converted into five apartments - three one-bedroom apartments and two two-bedroom apartments.

Joseph Evans, of AVE Properties, the development company that has agreed to buy the property, said while the plan for the building was to convert the upper floors into luxury apartments, it was hoped that a commercial tenant could be found to lease the ground floor.

A council spokesperson said that, while the sale of Lisburne House had been agreed, it would not be finalised until the museum development is finalised.

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