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A new retailer could be heading to town

Created on 13/02/2017 @ 15:54
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Plans have been submitted to Powys County Council to change the use of a former Newtown car dealership showroom into a retail site.

The plans, submitted on behalf of Avenbury Estates, is to extend the former Philip Paul Cars site in Llanidloes Road, changing its use to A1, which could mean a range of retail uses. The application includes changing the use of the site, building an extension and changing the layout of the car park for up to 28 vehicles.

The application, submitted at the start of the month, says the change of use and changes to the structure of the building are not out of character to the area because of existing retail businesses in the area.

However, it is not known if the application is for a specific end client or for speculative development.

But with speculation that Aldi wish to enter Newtown, along with other cut price retailers, such as  B&M who are currently building a site in Welshpool, it could attract another food or similar retailer into the town.

There has been speculation that the development of the town's bypass would see some land at either end of it being developed for "commercial" use under the Local Development Plan.

The planning application, submitted by Planning Prospects Ltd (PPL), states: "The proposed unit is likely to appeal to a multiple (i.e. chain) rather than an independent retailer. Specifically, it will meet the needs of operators requiring a relatively large, well and regularly proportioned and unobstructed floorplan, high prominence and visibility of premises good visibility into the building."

It adds: "The types of retailer attracted to the unit are likely to be fairly broad ranging, although principally it is expected to appeal to comparison goods led retail warehouse and quasi retail warehouse operators."

Generally, any developer seeking to develop a site with such an investment is likely to be in some form of discussions with an end user.

The application will be considered by Newtown Town Council's Economy and Environment Committee tonight (Monday) before making its comments to Powys County Council. The application will then be considered by the county council's planning committee.

Photo: The former Philip Paul car Sales site in Llanidloes Road, Newtown


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