National retail chain Timpson could soon be coming to Newtown after council planners approved plans for a unit to be built in a supermarket carpark.

Tesco has been given the green light to build a 17 square-metre timber cladded “pod” to allow Timpson to offer its services such as dry cleaning, key cutting, and watch and shoe repairs at the Pool Road superstore.

No new positions will be created as a result of the retail facility which will be the second Timpson unit in Powys as the business looks to expand its services in mid Wales.

Newtown and Llanllwchaiarn Town Council was in support of the plans, which received no other public reponses during the notification period.


In a report recommending conditional consent, case officer Luke Jones said: “The application site is located within the Area Retail Centre of Newtown. The application site is located within the car parking area of Tesco’s.

"The proposed pod is of a small size and scale and is considered to be of an appropriate design within this location.

"Given the minor nature of the proposal and its location the proposal will not undermine the retail hierarchy.”

Make sure you don't miss out on any of our news, sports and features. You'll see fewer adverts and enjoy great high street offers too. Just click here for your Powys County Times digital subscription.

After considering responses from Hafren Dyfrdwy and officers from Powys County Council’s Highways and Environmental Health services, Mr Jones concluded: “It is therefore considered that the proposed development fundamentally complies with relevant planning policy and the recommendation is therefore one of conditional consent.”

Powys County Council said the loss of five parking bays to build the unit would not have a significant negative impact on Tesco supermarket.

“We do however note that the layout and number of parking bays in relation to the supermarket has been conditioned under previous consents at the site,” Highways Services officer Simon Crew said.