Proposal to increase capacity at Ysgol Plas Brondyffryn (Denbigh)

Objection Report

You can see a summary of the objections made during the objection period together with the observations of the Council in the Objection report.

Objection Report: Relating to the proposal to increase the capacity at Ysgol Plas Brondyffryn (PDF, 493KB)


On the 21st February 2023, Denbighshire County Council’s Cabinet determined the proposal to increase the capacity from 116 to 220 at Ysgol Plas Brondyffryn from 28th April 2025.

Cabinet considered the proposal and the local authority response in accordance with the requirements of the School Organisation Code 2018. Cabinet decided to approve the proposal.

The implementation is subject to a site being agreed, planning consent being approved, funding being available and the new build being ready.

The Decision letter is available to view below.

Proposal to increase Ysgol Plas Brondyffryn’s capacity from 116 to 220 (PDF, 132KB)

Statutory Notice

Denbighshire County Council have issued a statutory notice to alter Ysgol Plas Brondyffryn in Denbigh so that the capacity is increased from 116 to 220.

Statutory Notice - Ysgol Plas Brondyffryn (PDF, 140KB)

What is Ysgol Plas Brondyffryn and why does it need to change?

Ysgol Plas Brondyffryn is a local authority maintained co-educational special school in the town of Denbigh, for pupils with Autism Spectrum Condition (ASC) and associated learning difficulties from the age of 3 to 19.

The school has a nominal capacity of 116 pupils, but currently has 136 on the roll (as of September 2021) there are a number of eligible pupils on the waiting list to attend Ysgol Plas Brondyffryn, in addition to a number of pupils awaiting assessment to see if they are eligible to join the waiting list. We believe that demand for places in special schools like Ysgol Plas Brondyffryn are likely to increase over the coming years.

What are we proposing?

In brief, we are proposing to consolidate Ysgol Plas Brondyffryn onto one new site, and increase the school's capacity to accommodate up to 220 pupils.

Ysgol Plas Brondyffryn is currently set out over 4 sites as follows:

  • Pupils aged 3-11 years old attend the Primary school, sited at Ty'n y Fron
  • Pupils aged 11-19 attend the Secondary, sited at Park Street
  • Pupils aged 11-19 with more complex needs attend the site at Ty'r Ysgol
  • There is a residential site at Gerddi Glaslyn which offers boarding facilities during the week (Monday to Friday). This site is not affected by the current proposals.

Subject to funding and planning approvals, we propose to build a new site on the playing fields at Denbigh High School, which will replace the 3 school buildings currently located at Ty'n y Fron, Park Street and Ty'r Ysgol.

Pre-planning consultation

The pre-planning consultation (external website) allows for the proposals to be considered with the community in advance of the submission of any planning application. As part of this, arrangements include a drop in session for any interested stakeholders which will be held on Wednesday 28th September 4-7pm at Ysgol Plas Brondyffryn, Park street site, Denbigh. The plans will be on display and members of the project team will be available to discuss the project.

Ysgol Plas Brondyffryn, Denbigh: Pre-planning consultation - Have your say (external website)

The deadline for all responses is 18/10/2022.

Consultation report (September 2022)

The Formal Consultation Report regarding the proposal for Denbighshire County Council to increase Ysgol Plas Brondyffryn’s capacity from 116 to 220 is now available.

This report summarises the responses to the recent consultation on the above proposal and the responses from Denbighshire County Council.

Formal consultation documents (May 2022)

Previous documents for the formal consultation which ran from 17th May - 27th June 2022 can be viewed below.