A number of trees will be felled at the site of a new housing development in Newtown.

Powys County Council is currently in the process of building 32 one-bedroom flats on the site of the former Robert Owen House in the town.

As part of the development, existing trees that have been deemed to be poor quality or in poor health are to be removed, with new trees planted which the council says will offset the loss to an “acceptable level”.

Cllr Matthew Dorrance, deputy leader and cabinet member for a fairer Powys, said: “As part of this development, a survey was conducted and found that there were a number of trees that are poor quality or in poor health.

“We are committed to supporting a greener future for our housing estates so we be removing the existing trees and will be planting high quality, native trees and shrubs as part of this exciting development, which will meet the needs of the local community.”


The landscape management plans for the development follows the recommendations contained within the arboricultural report including the need of a strong scheme for mitigative tree planting for the loss of the existing trees.

Cllr Jackie Charlton, cabinet member for a greener Powys, added: “We understand that the removal of trees can be emotive for the local community when it comes to new developments.

“However, it is important that if they are to be removed then an appropriate planting scheme is in place to ensure that we maintain the local biodiversity to help deliver a greener Powys.”