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‘Withy Beds’ set for expansion

Created on 05/01/2017 @ 17:03
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Welshpool’s traveller site, formerly known as the Withy Beds but called Leighton Arches since 2011, is set to be expanded to meet demand.

Powys County Council is looking to increase the site by 20% with two additional plots, taking the total number to 12.

The council said that if planning permission is granted, they will apply for Welsh Government funding to foot the bill.

Cllr Rosemarie Harris, Cabinet Member for Property, Buildings and Housing, said: “We are required under the Housing (Wales) Act 2014 to assess the needs of Gypsy and Travellers and provide accommodation in accordance with an identified need.

“The result of the Gypsy and Traveller Accommodation Assessment, which has been approved by the Welsh Government, identified a need in Brecon, Machynlleth and Welshpool.

“The assessment identified the need for two additional plots in Welshpool. We have submitted an application to extend the Leighton Arches Gypsy and Traveller Site. The proposed development will bring the total number of plots on the site to 12.

“The planning application is currently out for consultation and it is too early to say when the application will be considered by the council’s planning committee.

“If planning permission is granted, we intend to apply for Welsh Government funding to carry out the works. We anticipate the works to provide the additional plots will take place later this year.”

Five years ago, more than £1.2 million was spent on redeveloping Leighton Arches. The council has not revealed how much this next round of works could cost.


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