A £7M scheme to provide specialist dementia care and create 100 new jobs has been given the green light.
Councillors in Gwynedd unanimously overturned a recommendation by officials to reject a planning application to develop the site of the former Ysbyty Bryn Seiont community hospital on the outskirts of Caernarfon.
The decision in favour of the proposal was welcomed by social care pioneer Mario Kreft and his wife, Gill (pictured), who originally bought the site in 2009.
Mr Kreft said: “I am grateful to the councillors who recognised the strategic importance of our investment in Caernarfon .
“Our aim from the outset has been to provide vital services and much needed employment in the area. I am pleased we can now proceed to realise our vision of creating a world class, fully bilingual centre of excellence for dementia care allied to 16 extra care apartments as part of an integrated service.”
The couple already run seven care homes, a domiciliary care company and a teaching care centre in the Wrexham area.
Mr Kreft is the Chair of Care Forum Wales, the main representative body for the care sector in Wales, and was awarded an MBE for his work in Wales.
Pendine Park already employs nearly 600 people in North East Wales. The plans for Bryn Seiont are based on the Bodlondeb centre in Wrexham, which was named as the best new dementia care facility in Britain at the UK Over 50's Housing Awards.