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148 new family homes planned for Old Town Dock in Newport

Nearly 150 brand new family homes could soon be built on the edge of the River Usk in Newport as part of a multi-million pound regeneration scheme.

Newport City Homes bought a 10-acre site in Old Town Dock in 2017 with plans to “completely revitalise the area”.

Now, exactly three years later, it has prepared a full planning application for 148 new homes on part of the plot which “forms part of the largest regeneration opportunity in Newport’s dockland area”.

The proposals include a mix of one bedroom and two bedroom flats alongside two bedroom, three bedroom and four bedroom houses as well as a single commercial unit to “further shore up” the already established Blania Wharf pub.



How the new homes will look

The site, between Usk Way and East Docks Road, forms part of the Old Town Dock development scheme and already had planning permission for housing, retail, leisure and office space when Newport City Homes took it on.

The largely flat site is the former Old Town Dock which was built in 1842 and which shipped coal around the world from the Brecon and Monmouthshire Canal. It was eventually filled in during the 1930s after the coal trade dwindled.

The reclamation of the site was one of the first projects undertaken by Newport Unlimited, an urban regeneration company set up by Newport City Council and the Welsh Government in 2002 to drive the long term revival of the city’s fortunes.

Newport City Homes, a social housing provider, has worked on a number of large scale regeneration plans in the city including a £7.9m scheme in Pillgwenlly and a £1.9m scheme in Bettws. Earlier this year, it submitted a planning application for a multi-million pound regeneration of the Ringland area of Newport proposing to build 161 homes.



There will be 148 new homes on the site if planners give the proposals the green light



The development has been designed specifically to create a ‘high quality, sustainable place that is safe for people to live in’

Matthew Davies, executive director development at Newport City Homes said: “Our exiting proposals for a new development at Old Town Dock will provide much needed homes that are well-designed, energy efficient and connected to the wider community.

“With the proposed development of 148 homes at this key location being close to active travel links and public transport, we are ensuring that we maximise the wider benefits of this development in contributing to people’s health, well-being, the environment and supporting the local economy.

These new homes will be built to increased design standards, using alternative construction methods that will not only see carbon reduction in their construction, but also in their future use by residents.”

In a report carried out by Roberts Limbrick Architects, on behalf of Newport City Homes, it says the proposed development at Old Town Dock is a “key spine route” linking the main part of Newport City to the main road and M4.

The development layout, which is still indicative, has been designed specifically to create a “high quality, sustainable place that is safe for people to live in”.

The report states: “The proposal illustrates a scheme which encourages and maximises passive natural surveillance with a safe public realm. The design and orientation of units play a crucial role in creating and maintaining the feeling of a safe environment.”

Newport City Homes will submit a full planning application for the proposed development to Newport Council following a period of pre-application consultation.

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