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Affordable homes planning to be decided

 
Created on 30/06/2020 @ 07:18
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Eighteen affordable homes could be built in Newtown by Powys County Council if councillors give it the go ahead.

The application at the former Red Dragon pub and Newtown youth centre site on Plantation lane will be discussed at a meeting of the planning committee on Thursday.

The buildings have already been demolished to make way for the scheme.

The application will be decided by the committee as the application has been made by PCC’s affordable housing team.

The plans are for a mixture of:

11 – two bedroomed houses,
One three bedroomed bungalow,
Three three bedroomed Houses
Two four bedroomed houses
One five bedroomed

According to the design and access statement, there are families on the housing waiting list that need these types of houses.

The report on the planning application, said : “Having carefully considered the scheme, officers are satisfied that the proposed residential development is in accordance with planning policies.

“The scheme proposes the development of a site within a sustainable location whilst also contributing to the supply of affordable housing to meet the varied needs in the county.

“As such, the recommendation is one of approval.”

Originally PCC had thought that they could build many more home on the site.

It is part of the council’s commitment to build  250 homes by 2023 in Powys

As part of a  pre-application consultation Newtown and Llanllwchaiarn Town Council said that they supported the scheme.

At the outset Natural Resources Wales (NRW) had concerns about the development and how it would effect the local bat population.

The former pub had been a bat roost.

NRW are now supportive, as roosting space is being provide in bat lofts which are part of the scheme.

The scheme is part of PCC’s plan to build 250 affordable homes in Powys by 2023.

By 2023  Newtown could have 26 flats built at the former bowling green site near the towns centre, this scheme for 18 homes, and PCC have also bought a site with the intention of building 36 homes there.

 

Photo: The site in Newtown

By Elgan Hearn, Local Democracy Reporting Service

 

 

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