Most of the structures are listed buildings, some are not listed but lie within conservation areas and a few are scheduled monuments.
There are currently 131 Buildings at Risk on the register (this is continually updated by us with information provided by the local authorities).
Owners of listed buildings, which are not being maintained in a 'proper state of preservation' can be subject to legal action by a local council under the Planning (Listed Buildings and Conservation Areas) Act 1990, to enforce proper repairs, and in default this neglect may lead to compulsory purchase proceedings by the council.
The first register, published in 1999, was produced as a result of a survey of listed 'buildings at risk' undertaken by the Handley Partnership. Since then, monitoring and updating of the register has been carried out by our Conservation and Design section in conjunction with the Trust and Snowdonia National Park Authority.
Neither Conwy County Borough Council nor the Trust can be held liable for any inaccuracy in the information provided.
Buildings at Risk - FAQ's
A: The condition of a building is usually assessed during site visits undertaken by the Handley Partnership. Usually based upon a visual inspection of the external fabric, it does not constitute a structural appraisal and independent expert advice should always be sought. The following categories are used to describe the condition of a building, though other criteria often come into play.
Ruinous - The building is a roofless shell. Little of the original fabric remains other than the external walls.
Very Poor - The building is either extensively fire damaged, partially collapsed, or is suffering from major structural problems. It may be totally or partially roofless, but retains a little more fabric than just the external walls. Very little of the interior remains.
Poor - The building has been vacant for a number of years and does not appear to be maintained. Most of the external fabric remains, but there are obvious signs of deterioration such as slipped slates, vegetation growth, broken windows, vandalism, or blocked rainwater goods.
Fair - The building is only recently vacant but there is no identified new use. Although previously well maintained, it now requires minor repairs. There are some signs of neglect.
Good - The building fabric is generally sound, and its overall condition does not necessarily place it at risk. However, it is under threat of demolition, or its future sustained use is in doubt.
The assessment of condition is solely the opinion of the Buildings at Risk Service.