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23  July

8 new town centre flats: ‘But where will they park?’

 
17/06/2024 @ 09:32

 

Welshpool Town Council has narrowly supported plans to turn a run-down town centre building opposite the Town Hall into flats, but questions remain to be answered about where will residents park?

At last night’s Planning Meeting, plans were put forward to turn the first and second floors of 42 Broad Street into eight apartments, leaving the ground floor as a commercial unit.

The news was largely positively received by councillors, with former Mayor Cllr Nick Howells saying: “I hope that if this development goes ahead that for goodness sake they can tidy it up.”

But questions were asked about parking, with Cllr Phil Pritchard recommending it be refused after Mayor, Cllr Phil Owen, pointed out: “Eight new flats housing eight new families in this location. Who are they expecting to live there, people without cars?”

Cllr Howells added: “I agree with Phil: where do these people park? And if they have electric cars, which is the big push now, if they live on upper floors on the main street, how do they charge their cars?

Cllr Dr Ben Gwalchmai asked councillors to consider approving the plans, but with conditions attached.

“I suspect that Powys and the developer are kind of hoping to develop flats and apartments for younger families that might not have a car, otherwise they would surely not have put it in such a cramped position, so when we respond we should also note all of the important questions that we have about parking, access and the impact on the high street.”

His proposal narrowly passed to support the plans, but with conditions attached to address the issues raised.