Eyesore Oswestry site to become shopping arcade and flats
Plans to transform an eyesore town centre passageway into a shopping arcade have been given the go-ahead.
The former Greggs Restaurant in Church Street closed, with the national, fast food chain moving into premises next door.
Now a planning application for the old building and its adjacent passageway has been approved by Shropshire Council.
Known locally as the 'Baker's Oven' passageway, it connects the town centre with English Walls and the Central Car Park.
Ambitious plans are for four retail units with Victorian type shop fronts opening onto the passageway and a larger restaurant opening onto Church Street. It will also see the first floor of the building converted into three flats.
Oswestry Town Council welcomed the application, saying the building was in desperate need of improvement.
"The plans will improve the appearance of Church Street and bring an historic Oswestry building back into use," councillors said.
"The mix of residential and retail units should be encouraged in other town centre sites."