Councillors have strongly objected to plans to reduce the number of affordable housing at a site in Llanidloes.

At a recent town council meeting, councillors discussed planning matters which included a housing development at Lower Green in Victoria Avenue.

Applicants, PAR Homes Ltd based in Howey, has submitted an application to modify the plans to build 31 two and three-bedroom houses which were approved in 2007.

They are asking to change the amount of affordable housing from nine to three.

"I think it's out of order for Llanidloes," town Mayor Cllr Janet Crisp said. "It's not a very good idea. This area should have more affordable housing so we can keep the youngsters here."

Cllr Margot Jones echoed the Mayor's comments adding that "we should strongly object to this. We must do all we can to make sure this objection is strong."

Gareth Price, chartered building surveyor, wrote a letter to Powys County Council's planning department.

He said: "I attach to modify the Section 106 agreement to negotiate the affordable housing element down to 10 per cent being the current LDP target for this area. We suggest amending clause 2.1.1 to include plots 12, 18 and 24 as the affordable units.

"We would also request amending other areas of the Section 106 to bring it in line with current guidance, such as including the latest version of your mortgagee in possession clause and maximum price definition."

A decision has yet to be made by Powys County Council.