Application to transform services site

A new block of shops and offices could be built under plans to “transform” a run-down services site next to a main road.

Shropshire Council will make a decision on the plans
Shropshire Council will make a decision on the plans

Adastra Services on the A41 at Tern Hill was bought last year by Baljinder Singh Chatha and Kalvinder Raghbir Chatha, who have now revealed plans to partially clear the site to make way for modern business units.

The building which houses Tasty’s cafe and three flats is set to be bulldozed along with the HS Tyres premises, while the convenience store will be retained and the Pit Stop cabin relocated.

The proposed new building will provide five shop units, with five first-floor offices above.

Mr and Mrs Chatha, who own the Newcott chip shops in Tern Hill and Prees Heath, say they have a number of prospective tenants already lined up.

A design and access statement from the applicants’ agent, Market Drayton-based architect Rodney Bellamy, says current tenants have been informed of the plans.

HS Tyres will move into one of the new units once built, while the cafe and two flats are currently vacant. The tenant of the third flat will move to another property owned by the applicants.

The statement says: “The applicants have received interest for their proposals from many local residents and businesses who appreciate the prospect of additional shops and office premises with good parking facilities.

“Around six potential applications for tenancies have been made to the applicants for leases for shops or offices already.”

Mr Bellamy says the condition of the existing buildings is “not good”, leading the applicants to “set out to transform the appearance of the site”.

The existing two accesses off the A41 will be retained, while a new access lane will be created behind the proposed building to allow for deliveries. A total of 40 car parking spaces will be provided along with three lorry bays.

Sutton upon Tern Parish Council has raised no objection, nor has Shropshire Council’s highways department.

The application will now be decided by Shropshire Council.

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