RETIREMENT LIVING BLOCK TO REPLACE FORMER POLICE STATION

The demolition of the former magistrates court and police station in Abergavenny has moved a step closer after Monmouthshire planners gave an application to build retirement living apartments their recommendation.

The plans are due to be considered by Monmouthshire County Council’s planning committee on 7 August.

If approved, the buildings will be replaced with 47 apartments complete with guest suite, a rechargeable buggy store, substation and parking.

The application comes from specialist retirement builder McCarthy and Stone.

Twenty-four of the apartments would be two-bedroom while 23 would be one-bedroom.

The report to be considered by the planning committee reads: “The first detailed consideration is the principle of the loss of the existing buildings (magistrates court and police station) which are both also subject to a concurrent Conservation Area Consent application.

“The buildings have been subject to limited external change since their construction, and are very much true to their era. However, neither structure makes a significant contribution to the character of the CA and their loss will not fail to preserve it.

“Therefore the loss is considered acceptable in principle, although their scale and mass is appropriate and as such any replacement building(s) would need to respect this.”

The application’s design and access statement reads: “The proposals are practical, honest, sustainable and sensitive to the surrounding area.

“The use of the site and the position of the buildings and open spaces have been explained and justified based on the analysis of the site and surrounding areas.

“The amount of development proposed has been indicated and the density shown to be appropriate for the site and wider community.”