DETAILED plans to build houses at the site of a redundant pub in Four Crosses between Welshpool and Oswestry, have been lodged with Powys planners
Outline planning permission, which establishes the principle for development of the scheme was agreed by the Powys County Council Planning committee at a meeting in February 2019.
Originally the proposal by Milton Keynes based Eaglescourt Development Ltd, had been for four two bedroomed houses but the new plans now indicate that the scheme is for three four bedroomed houses.
Agent Hughes Architects explained the proposal in a policy compliance statement who said that on type of house would be considered for the site.
Hughes Architects said:
“The attention of the LPA (local planning authority) is brought to the fact there are three, four bed houses as proposed, compared to the four two bed houses that were shown as illustrative on the outline a planning approval.
“This is to accommodate specific local demand for this type of housing in the village.
“We have deliberately designed the family homes so as to be in keeping with the context, not only with the immediate area around the Inn, but with the broader town architectural language of Four Crosses.
“The idea is to provide an interesting and comprehensive streetscape with a sense of place.”
Car parking will be to the side of the houses.
The pub closed in 2014, but the applicants faced a battle to get their outline planning application approved as villagers were against the proposal and did not want to lose the pub as a community asset.
Due to this, Llandysilio community council had opposed the application as they believe the pub would come under a policy that seeks to protect community assets.
Eaglescourt Developments said that they had marketed the building for sale for more time than required.
Powys councillors approved the outline planning application due to the fact that there is another pub in the village, The Golden Lion, which is about half a mile from the Four Crosses Inn.
Powys planners are expected to decide by May 19.
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