Mid Wales

Crickhowell pub conversion plan sparks protest

The Corn Exchange protest in Crickhowell Image copyright Timothy Jones
Image caption Protesters say plans to turn The Corn Exchange in Crickhowell into a shop would 'dramatically change' the town

More than 150 people turned out to object to plans to turn a historical Powys pub into a chain store.

Punch Taverns has lodged a planning application to turn The Corn Exchange in Crickhowell High Street into a shop, with a national retailer interested.

Campaigners say a mini-supermarket, open from 07:00 to 23:00 GMT, would "dramatically" affect the town's independent shops.

Dozens demonstrated against the plan on Friday.

Locals say a national chain could undercut family-run butchers, bakers and existing convenience stores and change the character of the town centre.

More than 1,300 have signed an online petition against the application.

Emma Corfield-Walters, from the Totally Locally Crickhowell Campaign said: "Crickhowell boasts one of the few independent High Streets in Wales, it's one of the towns unique selling points."

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