Council welcomes planning sign off for Welshpool accommodation for older people.

Image of Neuadd Maldwyn

March 25, 2021

Image of Neuadd Maldwyn Planning permission and listed building consent to convert Neuadd Maldwyn in Welshpool into Extra Care accommodation have now been approved after Welsh Government decided not to 'call in' the applications.

Powys County Council's Planning, Taxi Licensing and Rights of Way Committee gave consent to the plan on Friday, January 22nd but their decision was put on hold after the call-in plea. This week the council heard that this request had been rejected.

The applications by ClwydAlyn Housing Association, working in partnership with Powys County Council, are for 66 one and two-bedroomed ExtraCare units, contained within the former council building on Severn Road and within a new building at the rear of the site. The accommodation will be for people over 60 who currently live in the Welshpool area with an identified care need.

Ali Bulman, is Corporate Director with responsibility for Social Care with the council. She welcomed the Welsh Government decision: "This is really good news and we can now press on with the project to provide much-needed accommodation of this type in Welshpool."

Extra Care schemes provide an independent living opportunity where older people can live in their own self-contained home - with their own 'front door' - while accessing a wide range of communal facilities and access to personal care support packages. Technology Enabled Care - for example tele-conferencing with health partners - will also form a major part of care and support for residents.

Craig Sparrow Executive Director of Development for ClwydAlyn said: " So much work has been put into this exciting new project working in partnership with Powys and Welsh Government to get us to where we are. We are looking forward to starting this project soon for the people of Welshpool and Powys to make this Extra Care scheme for older people a reality.'

 Nigel Brinn is the council's Corporate Director with responsibility for housing. He added: "A review of older people's accommodation in 2018 identified Welshpool as a priority area for the development of ExtraCare. Our gap analysis found that the town has significant demand for such a service with little or no facilities to meet the need so I'm delighted that we can now work together with ClwydAlyn, for the benefit of Welshpool people."

The joint £13m project has been given financial support by the Welsh Government and will bring a number of new jobs to the town.

Newtown's Llys Glan yr Afon was the first ExtraCare establishment to open in Powys - in 2017 - and a planning application for the conversion , and introduction of ExtraCare facilities, at Pont Aur in Ystradgynlais was approved earlier this year.

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