Newport councillors approve homes plan

First published in Gwent news South Wales Argus: Photograph of the Author by

PLANS for more than 60 homes in Newport have been approved by councillors - despite opposition from Newport Unlimited.

Redrow Homes wants to build 63 houses in Newport on land between Alexandra Gate in Old Town Dock and Riverside Park- instead of flats as it had previously intended.

Newport Unlimited said Redrow failed to meet plans to create an environment distinct from the suburban model of detached and semi-detached homes in other parts of the city.

But councillors approved permission for the development at a planning committee meeting at Newport civic centre.

Redrow Homes applied for planning permission to build the 43 two-storey houses, 13 three-storey houses and eight two-and-a-half storey houses on a mothballed site at its Alexandra Gate development.

Planning consent had previously been given for 11 apartment blocks and 27 houses - but the site was mothballed after the downturn in the housing market amid problems in selling flats.

According to a report to Newport council planning the regeneration company said the plans did not satisfy the need to create a unique and quality environment for the Newport Old Town Dock area.

It argued planning guidance for Old Town Dock was about creating a built environment "distinct from the suburban, city housing model of detached and semi-detached houses that have emerged elsewhere within the city fringe."

"This proposal clearly fails in this aspiration," it says.

However, Labour planning councillor Paul Hannon, pointed to problems some of the flat provision on the other side of the river had faced in finding occupiers.

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4:57pm Sat 5 Jan 13

areyour4real says...

Newport Unlimited?
Sounds like an act you would see on Britain's Got Talent.

On their web site it says.....

"The newest city in Wales, Newport is also one of the most dynamic and business-friendly, a thriving destination attracting companies from all over the UK."

They are clearly either very hopeful or desperate fantasists.
Newport Unlimited? Sounds like an act you would see on Britain's Got Talent. On their web site it says..... "The newest city in Wales, Newport is also one of the most dynamic and business-friendly, a thriving destination attracting companies from all over the UK." They are clearly either very hopeful or desperate fantasists. areyour4real
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5:01pm Sat 5 Jan 13

portforever says...

wish the same councillors would do the same for the eyesores that are the black horse and king pubs. maybe some much needed social housing or sheltered housing, rather than the mess it is now...
wish the same councillors would do the same for the eyesores that are the black horse and king pubs. maybe some much needed social housing or sheltered housing, rather than the mess it is now... portforever
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5:37pm Sat 5 Jan 13

Slider02 says...

high rise buildings are needed in a city 20 -30 floors plus - not 2.5 floor homes - like where do you get half a floor from ? ? ? ?.

high rise shows prosperity low rise shows the oposite
high rise buildings are needed in a city 20 -30 floors plus - not 2.5 floor homes - like where do you get half a floor from ? ? ? ?. high rise shows prosperity low rise shows the oposite Slider02
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5:51pm Sat 5 Jan 13

Mr Bump. says...

Are Newport Unlimited still going? Why? they should have been wound up years ago and dragged through the streets of Newport naked.
Are Newport Unlimited still going? Why? they should have been wound up years ago and dragged through the streets of Newport naked. Mr Bump.
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10:17pm Sat 5 Jan 13

welshmen says...

Paul Hannon, pointed to problems on the other side of the river that they couldn't find occupiers for the flats, i don't think there's a problem with occupiers, there's plenty of them in Newport and the rest of Wales according to the latest census, might not speak our language but need some where to live to claim benefits, the problem is private Landlords would rather buy houses not flats, in 2010 a Social housing Charity in Newport got paid £1125.00 +Vat a month for two bed accommodation, i wouldn't dare guees the rent now, And finally at least Redrow Homes are trying to do something about the housing shortage in spite of Newport Labour Planning Committee...
Paul Hannon, pointed to problems on the other side of the river that they couldn't find occupiers for the flats, i don't think there's a problem with occupiers, there's plenty of them in Newport and the rest of Wales according to the latest census, might not speak our language but need some where to live to claim benefits, the problem is private Landlords would rather buy houses not flats, in 2010 a Social housing Charity in Newport got paid £1125.00 +Vat a month for two bed accommodation, i wouldn't dare guees the rent now, And finally at least Redrow Homes are trying to do something about the housing shortage in spite of Newport Labour Planning Committee... welshmen
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10:25am Mon 7 Jan 13

NakedDancer says...

What Newport has always lacked is a Master Plan for the medium/long term that defines what sort of City it wants to be and therefore actions can be put in place to try to deliver that. It appears that Newport Unlimited has agreed such a plan with Newport Council.

What is really worrying about this article is a) Councillors and Newport Planning Dept are so easily diverted from the agreed plan and b) the plan doesn't seem viable if the commercial and residential premises being built aren't being occupied.

In the current economic climate the Councillors should have agreed a new Master Plan before changing course on planning decisions. They are just making it up as they go along again which is why the city is a jumble of disjointed ideas.
What Newport has always lacked is a Master Plan for the medium/long term that defines what sort of City it wants to be and therefore actions can be put in place to try to deliver that. It appears that Newport Unlimited has agreed such a plan with Newport Council. What is really worrying about this article is a) Councillors and Newport Planning Dept are so easily diverted from the agreed plan and b) the plan doesn't seem viable if the commercial and residential premises being built aren't being occupied. In the current economic climate the Councillors should have agreed a new Master Plan before changing course on planning decisions. They are just making it up as they go along again which is why the city is a jumble of disjointed ideas. NakedDancer
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11:29pm Mon 7 Jan 13

portman says...

Redrow (yeller bellies are back!)finish what you promised this time !No more running!when your backs are against the wall.Newport Unlimited all hot air!
Redrow (yeller bellies are back!)finish what you promised this time !No more running!when your backs are against the wall.Newport Unlimited all hot air! portman
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