A planning application to build three houses on the site of a former nursery in Berriew has been submitted to Powys County Council.

The application to build three dwellings on the site of Crimond Nursery, in Refail, by Berriew, near Welshpool, is currently with Powys County Council.

The plan for the nursery, which is closed, would see a large commercial greenhouse demolished to make way for three residential properties, which the application claims will be an improved use of the site.

A design and access statement submitted with the bid reads: “An alternative use of residential development on this site would be seen as an improvement of its current state.

“This alternative use, would ensure the site complements with the surrounding setting of residential development, and not cause any conflict of uses. Residential use of this site will complement the existing area better than the commercial nursery.


“The scheme will have a significant positive impact on the immediate and surrounding area, in providing a number of family orientated properties, which will ensure the pupil numbers of the school remains healthy.

“It will also improve the setting of the site, in replacing a relatively disused yard at the centre of the village that would integrate well with the existing built development.

“The proposed scheme will inevitably boost the local economy, in providing additional housing in the village, providing work during construction to local businesses and labourers.

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“Socially, the development will provide more children for the primary school, one mile away in Berriew. Smaller schools within Powys are currently struggling to remain open and this development will assist in ensuring Berriew school remains necessary and open.”

The application also included a section outlining a proposition to improve access to the area, making it easier for anyone occupying the houses to enter and exit the public road nearby and allowing each house to have its own private drive.

Arbor Vitae were commissioned by Roger Parry and Partners to carry out a Preliminary Ecological Appraisal of the site to assess the impact of the development on any habitats or protected species.

The report recommended that the project adopt a wildlife sensitive lighting plan for any nocturnal animals in the area and adhere to a pollution prevention plan to minimise the risk of polluting the nearby canal.