Hughes Architects achieves planning approval where others failed – twice

Plans to convert a former pub close to the Powys/Shropshire border into three residences have been approved by planners.

Hughes Architects successfully applied for planning permission to convert the former Four Crosses public house into residential accommodation after two previous applications by other practices failed.

Doug Hughes, managing director and principal architect at Hughes Architects, explained that while plans to change the use of the building had caused debate in the local community, the scheme would ensure a prominent building in the village was saved and enhanced.

“Our client, Eaglescourt Developments Ltd, had marketed the building as a pub since 2014 when it closed. They had made every attempt to maintain it as a public house,” said Mr Hughes.

“The building was increasingly needing significant investment and was falling into disrepair. It was apparent it could not be maintained as a viable business and the only other alternative was to convert it into family housing .”

Two attempts by other planning consultants failed to gain approval from Powys County Council.

However, plans drawn up by Hughes Architects ensured councilors and planning officers were supportive.

“We’ve worked on many change of use and property conversions in the past, so we have a good understanding of what was required to meet planning guidelines and obtain approval,” added Mr Hughes.

“We’re pleased to have achieved the right result for our clients who can now enhance this property and bring it back into a viable new use.”

The planning application includes the conversion of the property into three residential dwellings, including an extension.

It was approved by planners on 28 February 2019.