Plans have been submitted to turn a section of the Bear Lanes shopping centre in Newtown into flats.

The new development would see a current section of offices on the Broad Street side of the centre being converted into five new flats.

The plans have been submitted by Dunsmore Estates Ltd, a developer based in Rugby who are looking to convert the “unoccupied offices spaces”.

County Times:

In an application to Powys County Council the company said: “The principal built form encompasses the portion of Bear Lanes facing Broad Street.

“The site forms part of the retail high street within the core of Newtown. All floors of the principal built form front onto Broad Street.

“The two ground floor units are currently occupied by The Works and a charity shop, respectively. The first and second floor are currently unoccupied offices spaces, except for the shopping centre management suite which is located on the first floor.”


“This application is for full planning permission for the proposed partial conversion of existing office spaces at first and second floor levels to form five new apartments.”

“The proposals will provide a much needed supply of sustainable town centre apartments to the local area.”

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They have argued that the “proposed dwellings have been carefully designed to limit visual impact to the principal elevation facing” and that “all apartments have been designed to provide an ample amount of space by utilising Nationally Described Space Standards.”

They have also said that “the ground floor retail function will remain as part of the proposals, in line with planning policy”, meaning there would be no impact on the shops below and “would not have an adverse impact on neighbouring properties”.

They also claim that “highways safety will not be compromised by the development”.