Shrewsbury's Pengwern Boat Club club floats an expansion bid

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A boat club on the banks of the River Severn in Shrewsbury has submitted plans to expand its Grade II listed headquarters.

Pengwern Boat Club

Pengwern Boat Club, in Kingsland, Shrewsbury, has tabled proposals for a rear extension of its clubhouse in a bid to increase membership.

The full planning application has been lodged with Shropshire Council by Colin Hayton, of Pengwern Boat Club, and involves the bricking-up of a rear opening and the expansion of a wall to enlarge the men's changing room.

Agents design forum said the Grade II listed building had always been used as a base for the Pengwern Rowing Club and, by extending the rear changing rooms, the club could attract more people.

A design and access statement in support of the plans said: "We have been instructed to produce the planning application for a proposed extension at the rear of Pengwern Boat Club, Shrewsbury.

"This is all proposed at the rear of the building and out of sight from the public eye.

"The proposed extension will bring the rear of the building more in line with another previous extension and will also increase the gents' changing room area."

It added: "The design looks to retain features of the existing structure while slightly increasing the overall size to accommodate an increase in users of the boat club."

The site cannot be seen from the road by the public so we foresee little impact on the surrounding area.

In September 2012 Shrewsbury School unveiled its new £700,000 boathouse which is just a few hundred yards from Pengwern Boat Club, both sited opposite the Quarry Park.

The modernised boathouse and new training room was built despite opposition from Shrewsbury Town Council and some residents at the planning stage.

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