Shrewsbury’s former HMP Dana Prison - one of Shropshire’s most iconic sites – is now for sale.

The landmark site, which consists of an imposing ornate gatehouse and historic walled prison complex, offers buyers a unique and exciting development opportunity.

Planning permission is already in place to convert the former prison site - part of which dates back to the 18th century - into a mixture of luxury apartments and student accommodation.

Situated in Howard Street, with stunning views over Shrewsbury and the River Severn and close to Shrewsbury Castle and railway station, it has planning permission for an interesting mixed use development.

Also for sale is the adjacent visitors’ car park, benefitting from planning permission for the development of a further nine large luxury apartments.

Toby Shaw, who is marketing the property for Towler Shaw Roberts, says he anticipates a high level of interest in the former HMP Shrewsbury, which was closed in 2013 by the Ministry of Justice and sold the following year.

He said: “The vendors have invested considerable effort into achieving an exciting vision for the site and it is now available for sale. Due to other commitments the vendors have reluctantly decided to bring the property to the market.

"It really is a unique opportunity to develop and convert an iconic complex close to Shrewsbury’s medieval town centre.”

There has been a prison on the site since around 1787, with the present prison building constructed in 1877.

Mr Shaw said the site falls within the Castlefields Conservation Area and the main prison complex, including part of the perimeter wall and gatehouse, are Grade II Listed.

"Originally built as a walled prison, The Dana has a fascinating history and since its closure, it has stimulated considerable interest from TV companies and national media which reflects its iconic nature,” said Mr Shaw.

Part of the site is also currently used by a company to host bespoke tours of the prison, which will remain in occupation for the foreseeable future.

The site extends to approximately 1.03 hectares, with the adjacent visitors’ car park approximately 0.16 hectares.

Unconditional offers are invited for the freehold interest of the properties, with offers considered for the site as a whole, or individually for the former prison complex and the visitors’ car park site.

They must be submitted by 12 noon on Monday, July 8 to Toby Shaw of Towler Shaw Roberts LLP, TSR House, Brassey Road, Shrewsbury, Shropshire, SY3 7FA and clearly marked ‘The Dana Shrewsbury Tender’.

Mr Shaw can also be contacted for further details and to arrange viewings on (01743) 243900.

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