1. Is this what the community wants?

Ty’n Llan is a community-run project, run entirely by volunteers, who give their free time to drive the project forward and get the best for the village.

There has been a comprehensive engagement process since February 2021, when a public meeting was held to discuss the idea of ​​buying the pub and launching the fundraising campaign. This has included several public meetings, a questionnaire (completed by over 400 people) and many volunteering opportunities to assist with the project.

There were strong feelings that the pub should be bought by the community and this was achieved through the support of over 1,000 investors. There were also strong feelings that Ty’n Llan as it stands, was not responding to the needs of the community and needed to create more space to accommodate community activities. The business plan outlines this and sets out the rationale for the building needing an extension. The extension respects the existing Ty’n Llan and also creates a suitable rear space, which aims to provide a community-wide resource and secure the future of the pub.

  1. Will there be a change to the front of Ty’n Llan?

No, no change at all. The main signature of Ty’n Llan is its front elevation, and there is no intention to change that as it presents and retains the vital character of the village as a Conservation Area, as well as the Listed status of the building. It is also important to keep this familiar and welcoming element of the community and avoid changing the character of the village.

All the new developments have been kept to the rear of the site.

  1. Why do we need an extension? 

For Ty’n Llan to be a viable and sustainable enterprise, it is clear that a range of customer requirements must be catered for and for there to be many different income streams across the whole year.  Providing good food in an attractive setting is key to the success of almost every pub business these days. Providing a number of different places within the building where families and couples as well as groups can be made welcome, as well as others more suitable for groups and games (pool and darts), is crucial. Good food needs to be prepared in a suitably spacious kitchen. Different areas are needed for different needs. 

That’s what the new extension makes possible – an attractive space, with the magnificent view towards yr Eifl visible through the glass wall, which is also a large enough space for community events and entertainment from time to time.  Without of course detracting from the warmth and cosiness of the traditional pub – most of whose current features will be retained.

Looking at the plan, imagine coming in through the front door. You can turn right or left; you can go to the bar or go through to the new extension. Or you can go through to the new community room on the right if your society or club is meeting tonight. The choice is up to you – the customer.

  1. Does the extension need to be so big?

The extension is of a suitable size to meet the needs identified in the business plan. The extension extends from the rear and includes the old pigsty, so it will be no more than the original footprint of the building, which includes the outbuildings to the rear. The extension makes use of existing external dilapidated buildings.

  1. Does the extension fit into the village?

The extension has been carefully designed to retain as much of the original fabric as possible, if all aspects of the brief are to be achieved.

The current layout works within the existing narrative of a collection of small outbuildings at the back of the site so as not to extend the natural footprint of the site.

We have started consultation with the Conservation Officer and are still discussing details, but the support has so far been positive.

Option 1 offers a more sensitive development within the site, as it uses more glass, and is smaller in size.

An outline 3D model will be developed, following consultation, to include details of materials and reflect the fabric of the neighbourhood, so as to better understand the impact on the character of the site. The current model only focuses on the size and type of development at this stage.

  1. Will the building be environmentally friendly and sustainable?

Revisiting and reusing any original building is environmentally friendly.

The plans for the whole project are currently based on RIBA Stage 2, which are outline designs only. As the project progresses, we will look at environmental details next along with the larger servicing systems. This will be a crucial element as we further develop the specification and materials.

The Conservation Officer has asked for more glass, so that is something that will have to be looked at in detail. No further specification for the other uses has been identified as yet as we first focused on the realization of the brief, and on the nature and size of the development.

It is possible to offer improved efficiency for the listed building, including looking at insulation and heating levels.

  1. Do the plans take into account the needs of disabled people?

Ty’n Llan as it stands is not suitable for the needs of people with disabilities – there is no suitable access and no disabled toilet. We will conduct an equality impact assessment to make sure everyone’s needs are met. The new-look Ty’n Llan will ensure an accessible and welcoming building for all. Of course, the design will have to be approved by the Building Regulations Department. Currently, a lift is included between ground and upper floors, and there are disabled toilets as well.

  1. Will the size of the development affect the Welsh language?

The size of the development in itself will have no direct impact on the extent to which Welsh is spoken here. Our aim is to provide all-year round facilities which will attract customers from the surrounding, predominantly Welsh-speaking, area throughout the year for eating, drinking and socialising. The better our facilities, the more likely we will be to be able to do so and support the levels of permanent staff needed. We have a language policy which requires all customer-facing staff to be able to speak Welsh, so the more jobs we can support the more Welsh-speakers will benefit economically. 

The broader aims of the Society are to give the language a high profile both in the services we provide and the activities which will be made possible because of these new facilities. These will include Welsh-language lessons and conversation opportunities for advanced learners. We want Ty’n Llan to be clearly seen as the symbol and hub of a vibrant Welsh-speaking community, which is at the same time welcoming to all.