A former council building has been demolished to make way for a new housing development to be built in Newtown.

Robert Owen House in Trehafren has been demolished by local construction firm EvaBuild Ltd. The building had housed council offices and supported accommodation before it closed in 2019.

The land the building occupied will be developed by the council’s Affordable Housing Team to provide new council homes.

Nina Davies, Head of Housing and Community Development at Powys County Council, said: “We have an ambitious target of building 250 new homes by 2025, a key priority in our Vision 2025 Corporate Improvement Plan, and we’re making real progress.

“The site that the Robert Owen House occupied is going to be important as we continue to work towards achieving this ambitious target.

“We want to build affordable homes and are currently developing plans.

“The demolition work is just the first stage in preparing the site for this exciting project."

Powys County Council said it will hold a pre-application consultation to give the local community an opportunity to have their say on the plans before submitting a planning application.