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Green light for 73 Red Bank dwellings

Created on 30/11/2011 @ 12:57


Welshpool is set for a new housing estate, but the controversial development on Red Bank has faced widespread opposition.
Residents have fought the multi-million pound plans for several years, with a residents’ association labelling the process as “deplorable”, but Powys County Council backed compromise plans yesterday which will allow 73 dwellings to be built as opposed to the original 112.
Planners say the housing is needed to cope with the Town’s expansion, but residents have cited the loss of a designated open space, the types of properties being built as well as the increase in traffic among their many reasons for opposition.
And in an impassioned letter to the planners, the Burgess Lands Residents Association said the “lack of public involvement is deplorable” and accusing that “we have been led to believe that the applicant’s proposals have been supported by planning officers”.
But Powys says it has listened to those concerns and as a result is demanding the developers, Walker Sheppard (Western) Ltd, provide a 1,790m2 local equipped playing area as well as a 4,796m2 neighbourhood equipped play area incorporating a football pitch. They are also pushing for a 20mph speed limite in the area.
There are also a number of other conditions required to be met before work, which will take in two phases, can commence on the area between Adelaide Drive (West) and Brynfa Avenue (East).
The current application relates to a total of 73 residential units, including 22 affordable properties managed by Mid Wales Housing.
The following properties are proposed:
5-3 bedroom bungalows, 4-2 bedroom bungalows, 1 special needs bungalow, 4-2 bedroom flats, 7-2 bedroom terraced houses, 6-3 bedroom terraced houses, 4-4 bedroom terraced houses, 8-3 bedroom semi detached houses, 5-3 bedroom detached houses, 29-4 bedroom detached houses.
To read the full planning application and the objections from residents, visit
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