Plans for 'monstrous' block of flats in Newport rejected

Plans for 'monstrous' block of flats in Newport rejected

Plans for 'monstrous' block of flats in Newport rejected

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A CONTROVERSIAL bid to build a block of flats near Newport’s George Street bridge – previously branded “monstrous” – have been rejected by city councillors for the second time.

Planning committee members voted yesterday against a recommendation to approve the application for 77 flats to be built in a 14-storey building in Coverack Road.

Twenty two letters and emails and a 248-strong petition opposing Messrs Webber & Hill’s proposals were sent to Newport City Council.

Planning permission for the same development was turned down by the authority in 2011 on the grounds that 50 parking spaces was “unacceptable” and that the scale of the building would have an adverse effect on existing residents in nearby streets.

Despite increasing the number of parking spaces to 94, it was still claimed the development would be detrimental.

Victoria ward councillor Majid Rahman told the meeting the plan contravened planning guidance set out in the Newport Unitary Development Plan and the Model Design Guide for Wales.

He added that the flats would be “out of character” with the family homes surrounding it and that it was unsustainable due to the large number of unsold flats already in his ward.

He said: “There’s a potential that Victoria ward will be left with another empty property, but this time of monstrous proportions.”

Councillors were also concerned with the height of the flats, which would have been up to 14 storeys high.

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6:21am Thu 5 Jun 14

Katie Re-Registered says...

Just as well, had it instead gone ahead judging by the planned height of it anyone living within several miles radius might just as well have given up on the prospect of ever seeing daylight again!
Just as well, had it instead gone ahead judging by the planned height of it anyone living within several miles radius might just as well have given up on the prospect of ever seeing daylight again! Katie Re-Registered
  • Score: 14

7:11am Thu 5 Jun 14

Walter Devereux says...

A sad decision, going against the advice of their own officers. How can this city ever hope to grow with these dinosaurs deciding things?
A sad decision, going against the advice of their own officers. How can this city ever hope to grow with these dinosaurs deciding things? Walter Devereux
  • Score: -25

9:06am Thu 5 Jun 14

jerymp says...

Good to see a council acting in the interests of the people.
Good to see a council acting in the interests of the people. jerymp
  • Score: 27

9:20am Thu 5 Jun 14

Mervyn James says...

I thought the day of huge blocks of lats was over, Newport flattened the 'Star' flats in Alway and Ringland, they only created issues. What we don't need are more modern ghettos in Newport.
I thought the day of huge blocks of lats was over, Newport flattened the 'Star' flats in Alway and Ringland, they only created issues. What we don't need are more modern ghettos in Newport. Mervyn James
  • Score: 17

9:34am Thu 5 Jun 14

jerymp says...

Walter Devereux wrote:
A sad decision, going against the advice of their own officers. How can this city ever hope to grow with these dinosaurs deciding things?
it would be interesting if The Argus let us know why these officers thought that Newport needed another large block of flats in this position.
[quote][p][bold]Walter Devereux[/bold] wrote: A sad decision, going against the advice of their own officers. How can this city ever hope to grow with these dinosaurs deciding things?[/p][/quote]it would be interesting if The Argus let us know why these officers thought that Newport needed another large block of flats in this position. jerymp
  • Score: 9

9:41am Thu 5 Jun 14

Walter Devereux says...

Mervyn James wrote:
I thought the day of huge blocks of lats was over, Newport flattened the 'Star' flats in Alway and Ringland, they only created issues. What we don't need are more modern ghettos in Newport.
You are yet again confusing "council flats" with privately-owned apartments. Cities across the world have prestige blocks of apartments. If we ever have any aspirations to grow as a city we need these developments, not to concrete over never-ending green fields.
[quote][p][bold]Mervyn James[/bold] wrote: I thought the day of huge blocks of lats was over, Newport flattened the 'Star' flats in Alway and Ringland, they only created issues. What we don't need are more modern ghettos in Newport.[/p][/quote]You are yet again confusing "council flats" with privately-owned apartments. Cities across the world have prestige blocks of apartments. If we ever have any aspirations to grow as a city we need these developments, not to concrete over never-ending green fields. Walter Devereux
  • Score: 2

10:58am Thu 5 Jun 14

jerymp says...

Walter Devereux wrote:
Mervyn James wrote:
I thought the day of huge blocks of lats was over, Newport flattened the 'Star' flats in Alway and Ringland, they only created issues. What we don't need are more modern ghettos in Newport.
You are yet again confusing "council flats" with privately-owned apartments. Cities across the world have prestige blocks of apartments. If we ever have any aspirations to grow as a city we need these developments, not to concrete over never-ending green fields.
If eventually something was done to improve the state and aspect of the river at low tide Newport could be an attractive city but to line the banks with huge overpowering blocks of flats just to give wealthy people a nice view would be wrong. Use this potential for the benefit of the public not sell it for a quick buck.
[quote][p][bold]Walter Devereux[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Mervyn James[/bold] wrote: I thought the day of huge blocks of lats was over, Newport flattened the 'Star' flats in Alway and Ringland, they only created issues. What we don't need are more modern ghettos in Newport.[/p][/quote]You are yet again confusing "council flats" with privately-owned apartments. Cities across the world have prestige blocks of apartments. If we ever have any aspirations to grow as a city we need these developments, not to concrete over never-ending green fields.[/p][/quote]If eventually something was done to improve the state and aspect of the river at low tide Newport could be an attractive city but to line the banks with huge overpowering blocks of flats just to give wealthy people a nice view would be wrong. Use this potential for the benefit of the public not sell it for a quick buck. jerymp
  • Score: 8

7:09pm Thu 5 Jun 14

Tosh Lines says...

Walter Devereux wrote:
Mervyn James wrote:
I thought the day of huge blocks of lats was over, Newport flattened the 'Star' flats in Alway and Ringland, they only created issues. What we don't need are more modern ghettos in Newport.
You are yet again confusing "council flats" with privately-owned apartments. Cities across the world have prestige blocks of apartments. If we ever have any aspirations to grow as a city we need these developments, not to concrete over never-ending green fields.
Such as the countless empty ones littering Cardiff Bay. Overpriced, hideous and the first to plummet in value when boom turns to bust. Let's learn from the mistakes of others.
[quote][p][bold]Walter Devereux[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Mervyn James[/bold] wrote: I thought the day of huge blocks of lats was over, Newport flattened the 'Star' flats in Alway and Ringland, they only created issues. What we don't need are more modern ghettos in Newport.[/p][/quote]You are yet again confusing "council flats" with privately-owned apartments. Cities across the world have prestige blocks of apartments. If we ever have any aspirations to grow as a city we need these developments, not to concrete over never-ending green fields.[/p][/quote]Such as the countless empty ones littering Cardiff Bay. Overpriced, hideous and the first to plummet in value when boom turns to bust. Let's learn from the mistakes of others. Tosh Lines
  • Score: 10

8:16pm Thu 5 Jun 14

Limestonecowboy says...

Any city centre has modern high rise due to space limitations.
Any city centre has modern high rise due to space limitations. Limestonecowboy
  • Score: 2

10:17pm Thu 5 Jun 14

charlie, newport says...

This site needs to redeveloped, but maybe a bit less than 14 storeys might be better.
This site needs to redeveloped, but maybe a bit less than 14 storeys might be better. charlie, newport
  • Score: 9

2:40pm Fri 6 Jun 14

portman says...

This will go through on appeal
This will go through on appeal portman
  • Score: -6

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