Plans for town centre apartments will bring additional social and economic benefits to Newtown, Powys

Plans for 24 new private apartments in a Powys town centre will bring additional social and economic benefits to the the area.

Newtown-based architectural and planning design practice Hughes Architects has submitted a planning application for the private development on behalf of R.W. Hough on land forming part of Newtown Bowling Club in Back Lane, Newtown.

The bowling club, which has sold the land, will remain alongside the new build scheme next to the entrance to the Back Lane car park.

The plans include a large area of public realm in front of the apartments to open the area up for residents and visitors and creating a public feature at a key entrance to the town centre.

“Working with the developer, R.W. Hough, our design provides 24 private apartments in a key part of Newtown’s town centre and close to the former magistrate’s court and army cadets building which is also currently being converted into residential accommodation,” said Richard Lewis of Hughes Architects.

“Bringing residential accommodation back into the town centre will bring people back into the town to live, work and use the retail and commercial services on their doorstep. There is a demand for good quality residential accommodation in Newtown ensuring a more vibrant and mixed community.”

The development will be a mix of six two bedroom and 18 one bedroom apartments. The development will enhance a key area in the town in Back Lane, with access to the town’s park, riverside and the retail town centre itself.

He added: “We’re seeing a resurgence in town centre living. Many people want to be close to amenities, shops and services and this is important when it comes to the future of town centres such as Newtown.

“When you consider the neighbouring residential development being undertaken we are seeing a positive impact in terms of residential opportunities in this part of Newtown which can only bring positive benefits to the town centre as well as opportunities for those seeking accommodation.”

A planning application has been submitted to Powys County Council and will be considered shortly.