Homes near Newport school would be 'burden on roads'

CONCERN: St Julians councillor Ed Townsend has spoken out over the 'massive burden on roads' from a housing plan on land south of Glan Usk Primary School in Newport

CONCERN: St Julians councillor Ed Townsend has spoken out over the 'massive burden on roads' from a housing plan on land south of Glan Usk Primary School in Newport

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NEWPORT’S Lib Dem councillor has hit out at an application to build 249 homes on a site near Glan Usk School.

Ed Townsend, councillor for St Julians ward, said planning permission had already been given for 153 houses at the site – but that 249 would place massive burden on local roads.

Green Hill Construction has asked Newport council for planning permission for 249 homes on land south of Glan Usk Primary School, off Herbert Road, Newport.

The application was made a day before workers at the firm were made redundant, with the director of the firm having said it intends to go into administration.

Cllr Townsend said: “The original planning permission was for 153 houses. Now they are asking for 249. That will place a massive burden on the roads.

“The access to this site is through Collier Street – a small terraced street. There are only two ways into the area – Turner Street, which has a single lane underpass and from the traffic light at Clarence Place, which is already over-stretched.”

The councillor, who is the only Lib Dem elected member on the authority, accepts there will be houses built on the site but says the latest application is more than the area can handle.

He added: “Local people would ask the developer to settle for the numbers for which permission has already been given and let them live their lives as peacefully as they can.”

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4:23pm Tue 6 May 14

landyman3030 says...

As a resident that would be affected by this development i can say that locals are not against developing the brown field site that is planned. It is the over development of the extra hundred dwellings that will cram things in. The land owes Newport Council £2 million to pay back for Glan Usk School. It's not difficult to generalise that 153 houses x average £80,000 per dwelling = over £12 million pounds. Obviously there are construction costs, affordable housing and many other things to cost but it is very realistic to say that there is a good profit for the developer to make with 153 dwellings. 248 dwellings x average £80,000 = almost £20 million quid. What a difference i grant you but it is the residents and their children and local business's who will live with the legacy of this decision.
When they built Glan Usk School the traffic surveys all indicated that the impact would be minimal to the residents and existing traffic in the area.
Pop down and see what the residents put up with twice a day 5 days a week. The parents WILL access this new development to get as close to the school as possible. The developer will not accept this point of view. Look at the planning portal to see the objections from Welsh Water and the Environment Agency. The existing drainage is overflowing into local gardens several times a year now and Welsh Water say they have NO plans to invest in the existing system. So many things wrong with this over development. Please wake up Newport Council and see the sense to allow only sensible development.
As a resident that would be affected by this development i can say that locals are not against developing the brown field site that is planned. It is the over development of the extra hundred dwellings that will cram things in. The land owes Newport Council £2 million to pay back for Glan Usk School. It's not difficult to generalise that 153 houses x average £80,000 per dwelling = over £12 million pounds. Obviously there are construction costs, affordable housing and many other things to cost but it is very realistic to say that there is a good profit for the developer to make with 153 dwellings. 248 dwellings x average £80,000 = almost £20 million quid. What a difference i grant you but it is the residents and their children and local business's who will live with the legacy of this decision. When they built Glan Usk School the traffic surveys all indicated that the impact would be minimal to the residents and existing traffic in the area. Pop down and see what the residents put up with twice a day 5 days a week. The parents WILL access this new development to get as close to the school as possible. The developer will not accept this point of view. Look at the planning portal to see the objections from Welsh Water and the Environment Agency. The existing drainage is overflowing into local gardens several times a year now and Welsh Water say they have NO plans to invest in the existing system. So many things wrong with this over development. Please wake up Newport Council and see the sense to allow only sensible development. landyman3030
  • Score: 9

5:27pm Tue 6 May 14

Votefornoneoftheabove says...

Well done to Councillor Townsend for voicing his concerns around this development and it's size and impact on the area.

He understands the issues as he is a LOCAL man representing LOCAL issues, nice to see the other LOCAL St Julians councillors live in Cardiff and Somerton.

The best part is that if you check on the Newport Council website for Rhys Hutchings St Julian's address it states C/O Civic Centre, lets hope the people of St Julians realise this and vote for LOCAL people and the next council elections they may get more done.
Well done to Councillor Townsend for voicing his concerns around this development and it's size and impact on the area. He understands the issues as he is a LOCAL man representing LOCAL issues, nice to see the other LOCAL St Julians councillors live in Cardiff and Somerton. The best part is that if you check on the Newport Council website for Rhys Hutchings St Julian's address it states C/O Civic Centre, lets hope the people of St Julians realise this and vote for LOCAL people and the next council elections they may get more done. Votefornoneoftheabove
  • Score: 12

7:34pm Tue 6 May 14

welshmen says...

To me it's a no brainer, just go and see the traffic there twice a day, you have a job to drive through, with the over development it would be carnage, how about emergency vehicles trying to attend the area....
To me it's a no brainer, just go and see the traffic there twice a day, you have a job to drive through, with the over development it would be carnage, how about emergency vehicles trying to attend the area.... welshmen
  • Score: 7

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