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Plans revealed for new shopping zone

Created on 25/08/2011 @ 12:25
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Welshpool is set for a new shopping zone, after controversial plans were submitted for shops and a cafe/restaurant to be built on the Spar Car Park.
Welshpool town clerk Robert Robinson said last night that a planning application had been received, and is in addition to the four retail units earmarked for the Tesco site across the canal.
The move is sure to infuriate town centre businesses who have felt the crunch since Tesco opened earlier this year and they blame the one-way system for also hitting trade.
And Mr Robinson has sent a clear message to residents that they should “get involved now and not moan later” as the plans went on display in the town council and Powys County Council offices.
“It is important the people get involved now and not moan afterwards, so we are encouraging people to let us have their views,” said Mr Robinson. “This is an important application and anyone interested in making their views known should do so by attending the town council planning development committee meeting on September 14.”
The plans are available for inspection at either the offices of Powys County Council in Severn Street or the Town Council at Triangle House in Union Street.
The plans have been submitted by J Ross Developments of Oswestry, a member of the Pickstock Group of companies and are for three retail units and a café/restaurant with associated works to include landscaping, car parking and a servicing yard.
The controversial application comes on the back of a section of the Spar Car Park being lost for the development of the new road system, built as part of Welshpool’s new one-way system.
While no names have been connected to this new development, shops linked to the Tesco retail units include Home Bargains and Peacocks.
Details for the new planning application can be viewed at:
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