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Green light for former bank’s change of use

Created on 09/02/2019 @ 10:28
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One of Welshpool’s landmark town centre buildings will become a hub for supporting people with substance misuse and addiction problems.

Powys County Council’s planners passed an application by the authority itself to change the use of the former TSB building from financial services to clinics and health centres.

Working on behalf of the multi-agency Powys Substance Misuse Area Planning Board, PCC secured the property utilising Capital Funds from the Welsh Government, which will provide a more suitable, long term base.

The service has for a number of years been delivered by Kaleidoscope from the Armoury. Last year, 116 referrals to the substance misuse service in Welshpool were received in 2017.

Planning officer, Edin Hrustanovic, said of the proposal: “Some members will remember this application from when it was passed last year. In essence this application is for a slight variation of the internal design and renovations to the building. The main change is to have an extension on the back.

“It was supposed to be a conservatory type of design but it was decided to have a brick extension to provide more space to the clinic.

“A listed building application will be decided by the Welsh Government as we can’t determine our own.

“If members pass this then we will prepare the papers and send it on to Cadw (Wales Government Historic Service).”

Mr Hrustanovic said that planning officers backed the proposal and that it would not cause any demonstrable harm to the building or the wider area.

Welshpool County Councillor, Francesca Jump, said: “This application is actually in my ward. Myself and fellow Welshpool members were consulted on the original application and were very supportive of it. it will be good to see this building brought back into use for such a good purpose.”

Kaleidoscope offers substance misuse treatment support to individuals dealing with substance misuse issues, their families and carers, across Powys, with four bases located across the county – Welshpool, Newtown, Llandrindod Wells and Brecon.

The service offers a range of support including advice and information, brief interventions, structured treatment, access to counselling and recovery focused support.

After investment in the substance misuse bases in these towns, it was realised that Welshpool could similarly benefit from an investment opportunity to further improve service delivery in the area.

By Elgan Hearn, Local Democracy Reporter

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