PLANS to knock down a former pub in order to build new homes have been turned down.

The Leader reported in January how plans lodged with Flintshire Council proposed to build two semi-detached homes on the site of the Rainbow Inn on Ruthin Road, Gwernymynydd.

But the council has now confirmed the plans, submitted by Wheeler Homes, were refused by delegated decision yesterday (Monday).

Wheeler Homes had intended to add the two new properties to its Lime Kiln Court development.

In a planning statement the company explained: "The brewery decided to cease trading during 2013 and almost immediately the existing

building became the target of theft and vandalism.

"The theft and vandalism continued apace over the years with every incident reported to and recorded by the police authority.

"A report on the condition of the structure of the existing building by a consulting engineer was commissioned during July 2017 and the conclusion of that report supports the demolition of the existing building.

"This conclusion is based on the findings that the building is affected by foundation movement, the walls and floors do not have adequate resistance to damp penetration and the provisions for ventilation are seriously inadequate.

"There is severe corrosion to steel beams which are supporting significant areas of both internal and external masonry comprising of random rubble walling."

The closure of the Rainbow Inn came as a shock to regulars, residents and the area’s MP when it was announced back in April 2013.