REDEVELOPING Welshpool’s Neuadd Maldwyn into flats for older people is set to cost £11.59 million.

At Wednesday’s, (October 14) Health and Care scrutiny committee meeting, councillors will get to look at a report that proposes transferring the building to Clwyd Alyn Housing Association, for nothing.

The market value of Neuadd Maldwyn is estimated to be around £660,000.

According to the report , this is seen as Powys County Council’s (PCC) contribution to the scheme.

Plans to turn the Grade II listed Neuadd Maldwyn into 66 one and two-bedroom apartments was submitted by Clwyd Alyn housing association earlier this year.

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Neuadd Maldwyn

Two other planning applications for listed building consent and conservation area consent have also been submitted.

The report says these plans should be will be decided by early November.

The report also says that the PCC Cabinet and Executive Management Team have met with the Chief Executive of Clwyd Alyn, Clare Budden, who has confirmed the housing association’s commitment to the scheme.

According to the report, the costs of the scheme will be split three ways with over £6.7 million expected to come from the Welsh Government.

This would be:

  • £4.1 million from a Social Housing Grant,
  • £2.6 million from the Integrated Care Fund

The remaining £4.8 million will come from Clwyd Alyn themselves.

The report add that the housing association has £34 million  “immediately available for construction projects” with a further £90 million in “retained bonds for future development growth.”

The report goes on to state the case for extra care in the Welshpool area.

The report says: “The demand for extra care in Welshpool and the surrounding area is one of the highest in Powys.

“Population projections indicate a 157 per cent increase in the numbers of people aged over 85 by 2036 from 950 to 2,445.”

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Inside Neuadd Maldwyn

A corresponding increase in individuals who have dementia of 83 per cent from 497 to 910 is expected.

The report continues: “With no extra care, only 115 sheltered accommodation units available and only eight residential care beds for dementia per 1,000 population, there is a clear demand.”

The report adds that, extra care housing is the “ideal provision” to address “current gaps” in service and to meet the current and projected demand.

The original decision to go ahead with the scheme with Clwyd Alyn was taken by cabinet in May 2019.

The former headquarters for Montgomeryshire County Council,  Neuadd Maldwyn, was declared as surplus to PCC’s requirements, following a review of office accommodation in North Powys.

In Welshpool, closing Neuadd Maldwyn is part of an issue that has seen protest marches and petitions against the decision.

Staff from Neuadd Maldwyn would be scattered around other offices including the former library on Brook Street which is being converted into offices.

The library in turn has been moved to the Powysland Museum .

The building, now a home to both museum and library has been re-branded as, Y Lanfa/The Wharf.

Neuadd Maldwyn dates back to 1927 when it was built for the former Montgomeryshire County Council, extensions were added in the 1930s and 1950s.

The report will go in front of Cabinet for a decision soon, and will also include comments from the scrutiny meeting.