TNS boss Mike Harris has been given the green light for Welshpool’s Pinewood Tavern plans

PLANS to redevelop Pinewood Tavern in the middle of Welshpool into tourist accommodation have been approved by Powys County Council planners

Earlier this year, two planning applications were submitted by MKH Portfolio Ltd, a company owned by Mike Harris, the chairman of Oswestry-based The New Saints FC.

The first application explains how the Pinewood would be converted into six vacation units and the second is a classified building permit application.

Parts of the Pinewood complex include two separately listed Grade II buildings.

The program will see the refurbishment of the ground floor Pinewood Tavern – which will remain a pub – and the conversion of redundant hotel rooms into self-contained holiday accommodation.

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The manager’s accommodation in the building would also be converted into holiday accommodation.

The proposals will also see the reformation of an original bar entrance at the corner of Broad Street and Hall Street, the replacement and refurbishment of the upper floor entrance and a replacement extension to the “storefront on the front of number two. Broad Street.

The Pine Tavern.

Five of the six vacation units would have one bedroom while the largest, which has 64.3 square meters of floor space, would have two bedrooms.

Planning Officer Gwyn Humphreys said: ‘The proposed development is found to be fundamentally in line with planning policy and acceptable.

“It is considered, in the light of comments received from the Built Heritage Officer and the CPAT (Clwyd Powys Archaeological Trust), that the proposals would not cause any adverse effect on the character, setting and appearance of the host listed building, of the surrounding listed buildings, nor that of the Welshpool Conservation Area.

The only bone of contention in the report, says Mr Humphreys, stems from objections filed against the proposal in relation to a “lack of provision for the disabled”.

Mr Humphreys said: “While it is acknowledged that the plans submitted do not appear to contain any specific provisions for people with disabilities, it is important to note that this is not a requirement in the planning system. and that it is instead covered by the building regulation process.”

Previous applications, the most recent from 2020, to convert the building into flats have been withdrawn after the council’s built and environmental heritage officers raised ‘significant concerns’ about proposed changes to the building.

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