A CONTROVERSIAL planning application in Welshpool could be decided by Powys County Council's planning committee today (Friday, March 2).

The committee is set to meet at Neuadd Maldwyn in Welshpool, where the members will discuss plans by Mid Wales Properties to build a block of flats at the former Welshpool Social Club at Bron y Buckley.

According to Mid Wales properties the development will provide much needed affordable housing, incorporating 17 dwellings, including seven two-bedroom apartments, seven one-bedroom apartments and three two-bedroom wheelchair accessible apartments.

But the plans have been opposed by residents and Welshpool Town Council has objected to the development .

The plans have which has been called in to be decided by the committee by Welshpool Llanerchyddol County Councillor Graham Breeze.

Cllr Breeze wants to see the committee members go to see the site for themselves before making a decision

Cllr Breeze, said:“While there is an obvious need for such properties in Welshpool this development is too big and totally out of character with the area.

“There are also serious problems with access which I trust the planning committee will recognise – problems which are already being experienced by current residents on Bron y Buckley estate."

In December when Welshpool Town council considered the scheme, they opposed it on nine grounds including overdevelopment of the site, inadequate parking space and that it will overlook neighbouring properties.

Following consultation meetings held by Hughes Architects, the plans were scaled down from 19 to 17 flats.

Alex Dawson, senior development officer at Mid-Wales Housing said: “This is an important development, bringing what is a redundant and disused building and plot back into use.

“It is the first such housing scheme in the town centre for many years, ensuring good access to shops, amenities and transport for residents, whilst also providing truly energy efficient accommodation.”

Powys County Council planning officers have recommended the plans for approval.