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Former visitor centre for Monty’s Brewery could become four-bedroom house

A FORMER brewery visitor centre in Montgomery is set to be turned into a four-bedroom house.

Michael David Broxton of Unit Two, Castle Works Hendomen, which is the registered address for Broxton Builders, has lodged a planning application to convert the Cottage Inn on Forden Road in Montgomery into a house.

The Cottage Inn has been used as a visitor centre for Monty’s Brewery but closed earlier in the Covid-19 pandemic – the brewery is based at Castle Works at Hendomen just outside the town.

In a planning statement agent Gerallt Davies of Roger Parry and Partners explained the proposal.

Mr Davies said: “The site is located in Montgomery town centre but on the edge of the designated conservation area.

“It has been a visitor centre and brewery and previous to that an Indian restaurant.

“It is now currently empty and in disuse, and without an alternative use, will quickly decline in condition.”

Mr Jones said that from December 2021 the property had been for sale as a commercial property for seven months and that no buyer had been found – hence the decision to convert it for residential use.

Mr Jones said: “The very fact that the building has been used as a public house, then a curry house and then a brewery visitor centre, and none have stayed for a long period, questions the viability of a commercial premise.”

Mr Jones believes that Covid-19 and a change of “living habits” means that using this type of building for “any form of commercial premise” would struggle.

Since the application has been lodged a group has been formed on Facebook to “Save the Cottage,” and are encouraging residents to object to the proposal.

Powys County Councillor for Montgomery Cllr Jeremy Thorp has said that he hopes to speak on the application at a meeting of the planning committee.

Cllr Thorp said: “I will take the opportunity to lay out all the reasons why this does need to be retained as a hospitality site.”

A decision by Powys planners is expected by September 22.



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