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Flats decision postponed

Created on 17/06/2022 @ 11:40

By Elgan Hearn, Local Democracy Reporter

A decision on plans for a building to be converted into a block of flats in Llandrinio has been postponed due to questions being raised over ownership of the land.

At a meeting of Powys County Council’s planning committee on Thursday, councillors were expected to decide on plans by Charanjit Singh to convert Unity House into 15 one-bedroom apartments, two two-bedroom apartments and three studio apartments.

Parking spaces would also be created for 27 vehicles.

The application had been “called in” to the committee for a decision by Llandrinio county councillor Lucy Roberts who has “major concerns” about the project. Llandrinio Community Council had also objected to the proposal on size and scale.

At the meeting, principal planning officer Gemma Bufton said: “Unfortunately some 15 minutes before the meeting started I received an email which is challenging parts of the land ownership and whether the appropriate notices have been served on the property.

“On that basis, given that without those notices being served we would be unable to determine the application.

“I am asking that it is deferred today and it will come back before you once we’ve ensured that all facts have been ironed out and the appropriate notices are served.”

At the meeting, representatives of Llandrinio Community Council who were due to speak against the application wanted assurances that they would be notified when they application will return to the committee.

The building was last used as a bed and breakfast around 15 years ago, and in 2008 planning permission was given to convert Unity House into a care home that could accommodate 44 people.

This planning permission is still in existence although it was never implemented.

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