Call to help shape future of town

People are being encouraged to respond to a consultation on a plan which will help seek investment and guide planning decisions.

Newtown. Photo: Google
Newtown. Photo: Google

The 15 year 'place plan' for Newtown & Llanllwchaiarn has gone out for fresh consultation after nine months work and discussions with community over its content.

The consultation will conclude on Tuesday, March 9.

Newtown & Llanllwchaiarn Town Councillor, Richard Edwards has been leading on the project and he said it would help create a town where people want to "live, work and visit".

He said: “A lesson from history shows that we have always been good at reinventing Newtown, be it with the first Newtown established in 13th Century, the coming of the canal and flannel and textile industry, the regeneration starting in the 1970s, and more recently with the new bypass.

"Now it is necessary to do so again, looking to the trends of the 21st century. With this plan we have built up policies, projects and an evidence base that can be used by local government, private businesses, organisations and individuals to plan projects and seek inward investment for Newtown.

"Of course it won’t solve every problem, but it does suggest a way forward helping us to create a town where people want to live, work and visit.”

The plan includes planning policies – to be taken into account on planning applications – as well as projects and actions for the coming 15 years.

The public consultation on the Newtown & Llanllwchaiarn place plan is hosted by Powys County Council until 5pm Tuesday, March 9, and can be viewed at https://bit.ly/36LqzCc

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