Developers say historic Newtown pub should not be affected by neighbouring flats and solar panel plans
A historic pub in the centre of Newtown should not be affected by plans for flats and solar panels at a neighbouring 17th century building, developers have explained.
Earlier this year, Stephen Bowen of Bowen Properties Limited lodged a planning application with Powys County Council to change the use of the first and second floor of Merchant House on Newtown High Street from offices into four one-bedroom flats.
The proposal also includes installing PV (photovoltaic) solar panels to be installed on the southwest roof slope.
The ground floor of the building would continue to provide shop space.
Planning agent Steven Mason of MAD Architecture explained the proposal in a design and access statement.
Mr Mason said: “It is proposed a conversion at first and second floor provides self-contained accommodation that makes efficient use of the space whilst minimising impact on the existing building/structure and neighbouring properties.