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PLANS have been lodged with Powys County Council for holiday chalets at Coedway near the Wales/England border.

Site for Chalets

Mr D Fletcher has applied to place five timber holiday chalets in a field opposite The Old Hand and Diamond Inn on the eastern edge of the village.

The scheme would also see the need of a new access onto the B4393 road, a car park to accommodate 10 vehicles as well as two drainage ponds and a sewage treatment plant

At the site, chalets would be split into two types, three chalets that can accommodate four people, and two smaller ones for two people.

Documents lodged with the proposal say that thus would be: “attractive to a wide range of potential clientele, different ages, couples or families.”

Agents Rowan Chislett of MTC planning and design limited, explained the proposal in a planning statement.

Mr Chislett said: “Coedway lies on the Powys/ Shropshire border, closer to Shrewsbury than other Welsh town and is not located at a traditional tourist hotspot.

“However, its location means it is in close travelling distance to a number of local tourist attractions in both Powys and Shropshire including:
Welshpool and Powis Castle, Llanymynech, walking the River Severn, the Shropshire Hills and Shrewsbury.

“The site is accessible from Shrewsbury by regular public transport and numerous walkways and bridle routes exist in the local area.”

Mr Chislett pointed out that the site is only 50 miles away from major urban areas of Birmingham, Wolverhampton and Stoke, and is easily accessible from other parts of England.

Mr Chislett said: “The site is a 10-minute drive from the A5 dual carriageway making its position very attractive for families or couples travelling for weekend breaks or long-term stay-cation holidays.

“Unlike many tourist developments the application site is located opposite a respected trading public house and a bus stop with regular services to Shrewsbury town centre.

“This makes the application site a rare development that can be accessed by public transport.”

Mr Chislett explained that the Covid-19 pandemic has “greatly increased the desire” for people to holiday in the UK.

And he believes that the cost of foreign travel, continued concerns about Covid-19 indicated that this “appetite for British based holidays” has remained.

Mr Chislett said: “This market remains vibrant due to the continued attraction to holiday in closed groups and the relative ease to do this compared to foreign travel.”

“The design provides for this in a location that creates tremendous
potential income for the immediate local economy whilst being close to a range of tourist attractions.”

Part of the scheme could include a “solar thermal system” that would function as an energy source for hot water at the site.

Powys planners have until October 11 to decide the application.

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