Decision Imminent for Newport 1,000 New Homes Development
Plans for a 1,000 new homes development in Rogerstone go before Newport Council this week. Newport planners will decide on Wednesday whether the development will be built at the site of the former Novelis aluminium factory. If approved, a new neighborhood called 'Jubilee Park' could bring a new 300-pupil primary school, shops, restaurants, pubs, a hotel, sports pitches and new roads and up to 1,800 jobs over a decade of construction at the former Novelis/Alcan factory, Rogerstone. Building could start as early as 2014 if planning permission is approved.
The planning committee will hear the application by Walters Land (Rogerstone) Ltd for the comprehensive redevelopment of the former factory, which employed 8,000 people at its peak but closed in 2009 and was demolished two years later. Last year, technical assessments were carried out looking at ecology and infrastructure around the 98-acre brown field site, bound by Tregwilym Road and the River Ebbw.
Walters Land, part of the Aberdare Walters group, is seeking outline planning permission for its plans, which will re-use Mandrake House and the Drill Hill for housing and the community. Planning officers have recommended developers give £2 million to the council to provide or improve facilities at Bassaleg Comprehensive School, as the scheme will generate additional demand for 238 secondary school pupil places, as well as a £150,000 bus subsidy.
Rogerstone Councillor Chris Evans said "The development has the potential to create much needed local jobs and we have to weigh that up. Residents' concerns about traffic and schooling have to be taken into account. I would like to see a schooling provision and some sort of elderly housing scheme as part of the social housing provision. Walters have been absolutely brilliant and should be commended. Their public display of the plans was up for two weeks and they have delivered three newsletters to every house in Rogerstone."