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Police station given go-ahead
M&S store plan
A new shopping centre is being built in the town
Controversial plans to build a new police station in Bangor have been given the go-ahead.

The proposal to build a station next to the Grade II listed town hall and near buildings of historical interest has prompted strong objections.

But on Wednesday Gwynedd councillors voted by 19 to 8 in favour of the plans.

Protesters have said the site is the only green space left in the centre of the city.

And a group of councillors opposed to the plans are now going to ask the National Assembly to call the plan in.

A previous application to build the station on the same spot was refused last June because the design was thought to be too modern in appearance.

But after the design was modified to appear more conservative, Gwynedd County Council are being recommended to approve it.
Bangor University
Historic buildings like the university are near the planned site

Councillors were told the new design for the station, which would be just off Gwynedd Road, uses "recognisably traditional forms and a scale appropriate to the site and surrounding".

Bangor City Council has already given its backing to the plans.

A county council report noted the site was built on until 1994, when buildings were demolished to make way for a planned magistrates' court.

The court was not built and the site has remained unoccupied.

People had complained that the new building would be out of character with those nearby such as the cathedral and Bangor University's main building.




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