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Open Newtown responds to planning application "call in"

 
Created on 07/08/2019 @ 08:58
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Open Newtown has responded to news that its planning application for a £1.5million riverside hub has been called in by a local Powys county councillor.

The plans, put together by Cardiff-based Asbri planning consultants, for the hub on between the river and Back Lane car park, were welcomed when first announced as providing a new opportunity to open up the river area for local residents and visitors, attracting people to the town as well.

The application includes demolishing and rebuilding on the area of the former Radio Hafren studio.

But the application was called in by Cllr Joy Jons for the Powys planning committee to consider.

In response, Stuart Owen of Open Newtown has issued the following statement:

"For the last 3 months Open Newtown have been actively engaged in speaking to business owners and residents in Newtown, seeking support and feedback for this Riverside Venue proposal.

"We went door to door and invited all Town Centre businesses to meet us, to review our plans.

"We’ve had a pop-up shop event in Bear Lanes and we had a stand at the recent Carnival.

"Of the 200 businesses that we spoke to in the Town Centre, we received strong support amongst all business sectors.

"Our recent survey showed a 90% approval rating for the plans, which include bike / canoe hire and training, booking facilities, information provision, function room and a small cafe, alongside a new children’s play park.

"We have been criticised, as our architect had drawn way too many seats and tables. We accept this criticism and we will be updating plans to truly reflect the size of the planned cafe area.

"There seems to be a misunderstanding from some quarters. A planning application drawing doesn’t mean that you have to install furniture as drawn.

"Our aim is to attract people to Newtown and use new accessible facilities, such as canoe access points, mountain bike trail, BMX pump track, nature and heritage trails.

"We are already engaged in talking to Coach companies, creating tourism opportunities, visiting Oriel Davies Gallery and Newtown Textile Museum, eating out at local restaurants, offering experience days.

"By having a new building alongside a car park, we will be able to install brown signs on the bypass to attract families to our new children’s play park.

"Coupled with our fully funded Well-being project, we plan to create a Forest / River School for local children.

"As always, we are OPEN to ideas and collaboration, constructive feedback and support.

You’re always welcome to email contact@opennewtown.org.uk or phone 01686 610 777."Open Newtown has responded to news that its planning application for a £1.5million riverside hub has been called in by a local Powys county councillor.

The plans, put together by Cardiff-based Asbri planning consultants, for the hub on between the river and Back Lane car park, were welcomed when first announced as providing a new opportunity to open up the river area for local residents and visitors, attracting people to the town as well.

But the application was called in by Cllr Joy Jons for the Powys planning committee to consider.

In response, Stuart Owen of Open Newtown has issued the following statement:

"For the last 3 months Open Newtown have been actively engaged in speaking to business owners and residents in Newtown, seeking support and feedback for this Riverside Venue proposal.

"We went door to door and invited all Town Centre businesses to meet us, to review our plans.

"We’ve had a pop-up shop event in Bear Lanes and we had a stand at the recent Carnival.

"Of the 200 businesses that we spoke to in the Town Centre, we received strong support amongst all business sectors.

"Our recent survey showed a 90% approval rating for the plans, which include bike / canoe hire and training, booking facilities, information provision, function room and a small cafe, alongside a new children’s play park.

"We have been criticised, as our architect had drawn way too many seats and tables. We accept this criticism and we will be updating plans to truly reflect the size of the planned cafe area.

"There seems to be a misunderstanding from some quarters. A planning application drawing doesn’t mean that you have to install furniture as drawn.

"Our aim is to attract people to Newtown and use new accessible facilities, such as canoe access points, mountain bike trail, BMX pump track, nature and heritage trails.

"We are already engaged in talking to Coach companies, creating tourism opportunities, visiting Oriel Davies Gallery and Newtown Textile Museum, eating out at local restaurants, offering experience days.

"By having a new building alongside a car park, we will be able to install brown signs on the bypass to attract families to our new children’s play park.

"Coupled with our fully funded Well-being project, we plan to create a Forest / River School for local children.

"As always, we are OPEN to ideas and collaboration, constructive feedback and support.

You’re always welcome to email contact@opennewtown.org.uk or phone 01686 610 777."
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