225 homes will be built at Newport ex-Panasonic site

South Wales Argus: HOUSING PLAN: The former Panasonic site in the Duffryn area of Newport HOUSING PLAN: The former Panasonic site in the Duffryn area of Newport

HUNDREDS of homes are set to be built in Newport as part of a £40 million plan for the site of the former Panasonic factory in Duffryn.

Over 225 houses will be constructed on the 18.5 acre site, which was home to the Panasonic electronics plant until it closed in late 2012.

Andrew Crompton, of housebuilder Persimmon said the homes would “suit a range of customers” including first-time buyers and “families seeking more space.”

Chris Sutton of agents JLL, who worked to arrange the sale of the site for housing said there were limited options to re-use of the factory. He added they worked “closely” with Newport City Council to secure planning permission within a “short period of nine months” to turn the site over to housing.

Carol Jones of Panasonic welcomed the news, saying “Panasonic successfully operated from the Duffryn site for over 25 years and the company is pleased to see that the site has now attracted a fresh round of investment for the city of Newport.”

Panasonic had been based at the Duffryn site since 1987 and at its peak employed more than 600 people. But by March 2012 that number had been reduced to 251, before it was announced a further 164 jobs were to be axed at the plant due to the production of telephone exchange systems being moved from the site to Vietnam.

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1:28pm Thu 29 May 14

Citywatcher says...

Do the council realise that the City will have no specialist health services after 2019 as they are moving to the new SCCC at Llanfrechfa. At the time the SCCC was planned this site and other recent decisions like the old CORUS site at Mendalgief Road were not planned for housing. So now there will be an increase of 700 homes x 4 people without a major hospital in the City!
Do the council realise that the City will have no specialist health services after 2019 as they are moving to the new SCCC at Llanfrechfa. At the time the SCCC was planned this site and other recent decisions like the old CORUS site at Mendalgief Road were not planned for housing. So now there will be an increase of 700 homes x 4 people without a major hospital in the City! Citywatcher
  • Score: 8

1:44pm Thu 29 May 14

mr david says...

Plus the 1,200 in roger stone
Plus the 1,200 in roger stone mr david
  • Score: 10

1:46pm Thu 29 May 14

DDDog1 says...

Great more homes,where's the extra jobs coming from?
Great more homes,where's the extra jobs coming from? DDDog1
  • Score: 0

2:27pm Thu 29 May 14

mikeyd says...

All the brickies are over here in Oz! Bring in the Polish and the Bristolions to build them!!
All the brickies are over here in Oz! Bring in the Polish and the Bristolions to build them!! mikeyd
  • Score: -3

2:57pm Thu 29 May 14

Floppy backed says...

DDDog1 wrote:
Great more homes,where's the extra jobs coming from?
Exactly! Where are all these people working? Newport will soon be swomped by housing with little commerce or retail. More demand on NHS, sewage, water, energy etc. Lets hope these use as much renewables on site.

Just be another rabbit warren - 225 houses is a lot of housing usual tiny rooms, postage stamp gardens and paper thin walls with absolutely no architectural merit in sight. Surely building one bedroom flats would be more beneficial to the economy and first time buyers.
[quote][p][bold]DDDog1[/bold] wrote: Great more homes,where's the extra jobs coming from?[/p][/quote]Exactly! Where are all these people working? Newport will soon be swomped by housing with little commerce or retail. More demand on NHS, sewage, water, energy etc. Lets hope these use as much renewables on site. Just be another rabbit warren - 225 houses is a lot of housing usual tiny rooms, postage stamp gardens and paper thin walls with absolutely no architectural merit in sight. Surely building one bedroom flats would be more beneficial to the economy and first time buyers. Floppy backed
  • Score: 10

3:40pm Thu 29 May 14

Walter Devereux says...

Quite obviously an increase in population will drive demand for retail and prove that major facilities should be based in our city and not elsewhere. How else are we supposed to attract these things? By reducing our population relative to other places? We need to keep growing.
Quite obviously an increase in population will drive demand for retail and prove that major facilities should be based in our city and not elsewhere. How else are we supposed to attract these things? By reducing our population relative to other places? We need to keep growing. Walter Devereux
  • Score: 10

3:43pm Thu 29 May 14

Good Job No Kids says...

Lot's of people wondering where the jobs for these new residents are.

Chances are most of them are already working in Cardiff or Bristol. Newport is now just a large commuter town as property prices in Cardiff & Bristol are significantly higher and the same money buys a lot more in Newport.

Newport has very little industry and even less well paid employment for many reasons, unfortunately the WAG spending plan is kept between jcts 30 & 32 of the M4 on the South side.
Lot's of people wondering where the jobs for these new residents are. Chances are most of them are already working in Cardiff or Bristol. Newport is now just a large commuter town as property prices in Cardiff & Bristol are significantly higher and the same money buys a lot more in Newport. Newport has very little industry and even less well paid employment for many reasons, unfortunately the WAG spending plan is kept between jcts 30 & 32 of the M4 on the South side. Good Job No Kids
  • Score: 18

3:55pm Thu 29 May 14

Walter Devereux says...

Nonsense. Newport has net inward commuters, second only to Cardiff.
Nonsense. Newport has net inward commuters, second only to Cardiff. Walter Devereux
  • Score: 7

4:12pm Thu 29 May 14

p stani says...

We need more roads in Newport, not more houses do these people up the civic ever go out and try to drive anywhere in this town,it is a disgrace.
We need more roads in Newport, not more houses do these people up the civic ever go out and try to drive anywhere in this town,it is a disgrace. p stani
  • Score: 5

4:24pm Thu 29 May 14

mr david says...

Yes the roads in newport are in a bad state lots of pot holes,they do a cheap job just put the tare down then let the cars roll it in.It will be ok for 2/3years ,if they did a good job it would last 10/12 years .
Yes the roads in newport are in a bad state lots of pot holes,they do a cheap job just put the tare down then let the cars roll it in.It will be ok for 2/3years ,if they did a good job it would last 10/12 years . mr david
  • Score: 9

4:31pm Thu 29 May 14

landyman3030 says...

plus the 250 planned to be shoe horned into the Glebelands site....plus how many thousand at LLanwern steelworks site and Llanwern village. And don't forget the planned travellers camp at Ringland.
plus the 250 planned to be shoe horned into the Glebelands site....plus how many thousand at LLanwern steelworks site and Llanwern village. And don't forget the planned travellers camp at Ringland. landyman3030
  • Score: 11

5:09pm Thu 29 May 14

Walter Devereux says...

landyman3030 wrote:
plus the 250 planned to be shoe horned into the Glebelands site....plus how many thousand at LLanwern steelworks site and Llanwern village. And don't forget the planned travellers camp at Ringland.
And your point is? This is a strategy for growth and it was recently validated by an independent planning inspector. How do you expect Newport to compete if it does not grow? Do you expect department stores to set up shop in every small village? Of course not. We need to expand and then businesses will see us as a viable destination.
[quote][p][bold]landyman3030[/bold] wrote: plus the 250 planned to be shoe horned into the Glebelands site....plus how many thousand at LLanwern steelworks site and Llanwern village. And don't forget the planned travellers camp at Ringland.[/p][/quote]And your point is? This is a strategy for growth and it was recently validated by an independent planning inspector. How do you expect Newport to compete if it does not grow? Do you expect department stores to set up shop in every small village? Of course not. We need to expand and then businesses will see us as a viable destination. Walter Devereux
  • Score: 1

5:17pm Thu 29 May 14

Robodad says...

Citywatcher wrote:
Do the council realise that the City will have no specialist health services after 2019 as they are moving to the new SCCC at Llanfrechfa. At the time the SCCC was planned this site and other recent decisions like the old CORUS site at Mendalgief Road were not planned for housing. So now there will be an increase of 700 homes x 4 people without a major hospital in the City!
Citywatcher, i get tired of reading ill informed quotes like " ... without a major hospital in the City!" The Royal Gwent is NOT closing or moving, it will still be there when the new hospital opens.
[quote][p][bold]Citywatcher[/bold] wrote: Do the council realise that the City will have no specialist health services after 2019 as they are moving to the new SCCC at Llanfrechfa. At the time the SCCC was planned this site and other recent decisions like the old CORUS site at Mendalgief Road were not planned for housing. So now there will be an increase of 700 homes x 4 people without a major hospital in the City![/p][/quote]Citywatcher, i get tired of reading ill informed quotes like " ... without a major hospital in the City!" The Royal Gwent is NOT closing or moving, it will still be there when the new hospital opens. Robodad
  • Score: 18

5:47pm Thu 29 May 14

Magor says...

If a major employer wanted to build a large factory in Newport it would miss out because there is not much land left.
If a major employer wanted to build a large factory in Newport it would miss out because there is not much land left. Magor
  • Score: 4

6:00pm Thu 29 May 14

scraptheWAG says...

i imagine most will be housing association in newport
i imagine most will be housing association in newport scraptheWAG
  • Score: 0

6:05pm Thu 29 May 14

scraptheWAG says...

landyman3030 wrote:
plus the 250 planned to be shoe horned into the Glebelands site....plus how many thousand at LLanwern steelworks site and Llanwern village. And don't forget the planned travellers camp at Ringland.
are they selling most of the flats by the river are all still empty
[quote][p][bold]landyman3030[/bold] wrote: plus the 250 planned to be shoe horned into the Glebelands site....plus how many thousand at LLanwern steelworks site and Llanwern village. And don't forget the planned travellers camp at Ringland.[/p][/quote]are they selling most of the flats by the river are all still empty scraptheWAG
  • Score: 4

10:48pm Thu 29 May 14

landyman3030 says...

Walter Devereux wrote:
landyman3030 wrote:
plus the 250 planned to be shoe horned into the Glebelands site....plus how many thousand at LLanwern steelworks site and Llanwern village. And don't forget the planned travellers camp at Ringland.
And your point is? This is a strategy for growth and it was recently validated by an independent planning inspector. How do you expect Newport to compete if it does not grow? Do you expect department stores to set up shop in every small village? Of course not. We need to expand and then businesses will see us as a viable destination.
My point is obvious to anyone who knows Newport. The Glebelands site was originally for 150 houses but it is the developers greed that they are now trying to extend to 250 properties on a site which has got very restricted access issues. Go to the council planning portal and view 13/1279. See the objections.
As for Llanwern village there is no plans to extend the access for 4000 houses apart from the existing village access off the SDR. Pop into the village and see how many are up for sale.
Llanwern steelworks is ideal for housing. Brownfield site converted to housing. The only problem is the road infrastructure connecting that area to anywhere towards the city centre is at capacity now before these houses are built. The traffic for accessing the SDR at Pullmans roundabout ( KFC ) is backed up to Landrover dealership daily.
The travellers camp speaks for itself. Nobody including the travellers wants that size camp in One place.
Independent planning inspectors might know facts and figures but very rarely have to live with the reality. Independent traffic inspectors said Caerleon Road and Bank Street would be unaffected by Glan Usk school. Again pop along and see the fun that is school traffic seizing up Caerleon Road twice a day.
Who are we competing with? Cardiff? No chance. Cwmbran? Free parking and no drunks in the centre. Pontypool? Deader than Newport. Chepstow? They have tourism and somewhere people want to go and see. Bristol? Out of our league. How can you compare Newport to a small village?
If you build houses on unsuitable sites with no infrastructure to support them and no industry to support the population what do you achieve?
All the big name stores are already here.....built on out of town sites allowed by the council. Maybe we need to build on the city centre and move people into the city centre. Ask your independent planning inspector about that Walt.
[quote][p][bold]Walter Devereux[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]landyman3030[/bold] wrote: plus the 250 planned to be shoe horned into the Glebelands site....plus how many thousand at LLanwern steelworks site and Llanwern village. And don't forget the planned travellers camp at Ringland.[/p][/quote]And your point is? This is a strategy for growth and it was recently validated by an independent planning inspector. How do you expect Newport to compete if it does not grow? Do you expect department stores to set up shop in every small village? Of course not. We need to expand and then businesses will see us as a viable destination.[/p][/quote]My point is obvious to anyone who knows Newport. The Glebelands site was originally for 150 houses but it is the developers greed that they are now trying to extend to 250 properties on a site which has got very restricted access issues. Go to the council planning portal and view 13/1279. See the objections. As for Llanwern village there is no plans to extend the access for 4000 houses apart from the existing village access off the SDR. Pop into the village and see how many are up for sale. Llanwern steelworks is ideal for housing. Brownfield site converted to housing. The only problem is the road infrastructure connecting that area to anywhere towards the city centre is at capacity now before these houses are built. The traffic for accessing the SDR at Pullmans roundabout ( KFC ) is backed up to Landrover dealership daily. The travellers camp speaks for itself. Nobody including the travellers wants that size camp in One place. Independent planning inspectors might know facts and figures but very rarely have to live with the reality. Independent traffic inspectors said Caerleon Road and Bank Street would be unaffected by Glan Usk school. Again pop along and see the fun that is school traffic seizing up Caerleon Road twice a day. Who are we competing with? Cardiff? No chance. Cwmbran? Free parking and no drunks in the centre. Pontypool? Deader than Newport. Chepstow? They have tourism and somewhere people want to go and see. Bristol? Out of our league. How can you compare Newport to a small village? If you build houses on unsuitable sites with no infrastructure to support them and no industry to support the population what do you achieve? All the big name stores are already here.....built on out of town sites allowed by the council. Maybe we need to build on the city centre and move people into the city centre. Ask your independent planning inspector about that Walt. landyman3030
  • Score: 10

11:04pm Thu 29 May 14

landyman3030 says...

scraptheWAG wrote:
landyman3030 wrote:
plus the 250 planned to be shoe horned into the Glebelands site....plus how many thousand at LLanwern steelworks site and Llanwern village. And don't forget the planned travellers camp at Ringland.
are they selling most of the flats by the river are all still empty
They haven't been built yet. This land owes the council £2 million quid because they had to pay a portion for the school. Developers keep increasing the house numbers but keep dropping out. The latest one wants to increase the original proposal by 100 dwellings into a site that has contamination, flooding, access and drainage issues. Approximately 400 houses and businesses in Riverside accessed by two constricted roads. And they want to add another 250 dwellings, some 4 storeys high along the riverbank over powering the area. Highways won't object to the development but want £75,000 quid off the developer to assist in overcoming the traffic issues that will be raised at the daily traffic jam that is Clarence Place and on Caerleon Road. Existing businesses in the area have grave concerns about access continuity for their businesses. There is a long standing ASBO problem in the area in general all along Caerleon Road with a dispersal order in place from bank Street to Constance street and Caerleon Road to the river. That's what growth in a confined space looks forward to Walt.
[quote][p][bold]scraptheWAG[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]landyman3030[/bold] wrote: plus the 250 planned to be shoe horned into the Glebelands site....plus how many thousand at LLanwern steelworks site and Llanwern village. And don't forget the planned travellers camp at Ringland.[/p][/quote]are they selling most of the flats by the river are all still empty[/p][/quote]They haven't been built yet. This land owes the council £2 million quid because they had to pay a portion for the school. Developers keep increasing the house numbers but keep dropping out. The latest one wants to increase the original proposal by 100 dwellings into a site that has contamination, flooding, access and drainage issues. Approximately 400 houses and businesses in Riverside accessed by two constricted roads. And they want to add another 250 dwellings, some 4 storeys high along the riverbank over powering the area. Highways won't object to the development but want £75,000 quid off the developer to assist in overcoming the traffic issues that will be raised at the daily traffic jam that is Clarence Place and on Caerleon Road. Existing businesses in the area have grave concerns about access continuity for their businesses. There is a long standing ASBO problem in the area in general all along Caerleon Road with a dispersal order in place from bank Street to Constance street and Caerleon Road to the river. That's what growth in a confined space looks forward to Walt. landyman3030
  • Score: 5

8:03am Fri 30 May 14

33daverave says...

mikeyd wrote:
All the brickies are over here in Oz! Bring in the Polish and the Bristolions to build them!!
Mike , the Polish ones are already here.Problem is they can't band out or set up jack walls properly ,lovely halves in the middle..............
..and they're the good ones.
[quote][p][bold]mikeyd[/bold] wrote: All the brickies are over here in Oz! Bring in the Polish and the Bristolions to build them!![/p][/quote]Mike , the Polish ones are already here.Problem is they can't band out or set up jack walls properly ,lovely halves in the middle.............. ..and they're the good ones. 33daverave
  • Score: 2

8:15am Fri 30 May 14

Katie Re-Registered says...

When the Panasonic factory closed down I was actually quite surprised to hear a rumour that the jobs were relocated to Germany - as I believe the costs for Panasonic would surely be higher over there, wouldn't they? How strange.
When the Panasonic factory closed down I was actually quite surprised to hear a rumour that the jobs were relocated to Germany - as I believe the costs for Panasonic would surely be higher over there, wouldn't they? How strange. Katie Re-Registered
  • Score: -1

11:32am Fri 30 May 14

Citywatcher says...

Robodad wrote:
Citywatcher wrote: Do the council realise that the City will have no specialist health services after 2019 as they are moving to the new SCCC at Llanfrechfa. At the time the SCCC was planned this site and other recent decisions like the old CORUS site at Mendalgief Road were not planned for housing. So now there will be an increase of 700 homes x 4 people without a major hospital in the City!
Citywatcher, i get tired of reading ill informed quotes like " ... without a major hospital in the City!" The Royal Gwent is NOT closing or moving, it will still be there when the new hospital opens.
Robodad do you understand that Specialist Critical Care is being moved from the Royal Gwent to Llanfrechfa? this will mean that yes there will be a hospital but for the vast majority of the City population they will have to be transported to Cwmbran when they have a serious life threatening event. I hope you are not one of those waiting for an Ambulance to travel to the duffryn area and then fight their way through traffic to the east side of Cwmbran. the local hospital that remains will be for elective surgery / treatment not Critical patients!
[quote][p][bold]Robodad[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Citywatcher[/bold] wrote: Do the council realise that the City will have no specialist health services after 2019 as they are moving to the new SCCC at Llanfrechfa. At the time the SCCC was planned this site and other recent decisions like the old CORUS site at Mendalgief Road were not planned for housing. So now there will be an increase of 700 homes x 4 people without a major hospital in the City![/p][/quote]Citywatcher, i get tired of reading ill informed quotes like " ... without a major hospital in the City!" The Royal Gwent is NOT closing or moving, it will still be there when the new hospital opens.[/p][/quote]Robodad do you understand that Specialist Critical Care is being moved from the Royal Gwent to Llanfrechfa? this will mean that yes there will be a hospital but for the vast majority of the City population they will have to be transported to Cwmbran when they have a serious life threatening event. I hope you are not one of those waiting for an Ambulance to travel to the duffryn area and then fight their way through traffic to the east side of Cwmbran. the local hospital that remains will be for elective surgery / treatment not Critical patients! Citywatcher
  • Score: 7

1:24pm Wed 4 Jun 14

welshmen says...

Wales is a catchment area for London's Immigrant overflow, they have to build these homes for the thousands who don't qualify for London housing rents, they are already shipping out thousands to the North and the North-East, Sheffield has been under this housing pressure and has the New immigrants fighting the last immigrants to arrive.

This is a BBC report regarding the unrest: several paragraphs pasted...

Quote: Tensions between local people and Roma migrants could escalate into rioting unless action is taken to improve integration, David Blunkett has warned,the former home secretary fears a repeat of race riots that hit northern cities in 2001.

His concerns centre on the Page Hall area of Sheffield, where Roma migrants from Slovakia have set up home,but he also accused the government of "burying their head in the sand" over the scale of Roma settlement in the UK.

In an interview with BBC Radio Sheffield, he said the Roma community had to make more of an effort to fit in with British culture.

"We have got to change the behaviour and the culture of the incoming community, the Roma community, because there's going to be an explosion otherwise. We all know that."

'Downtrodden village'
The Sheffield Brightside MP said he feared a repeat of the violence that erupted between Asian and white youths in Bradford and other cities in 2001.

More recent Roma migrants... carry the double burden of both a tough, discriminatory environment in countries of origin, and the winds of austerity and hostility in the UK”

Sylvia Ingmire
Roma Support Group
"If everything exploded, if things went really wrong, the community would obviously be devastated. We saw this in Bradford, Burnley and Oldham all those years ago when I first became home secretary. We saw that the community itself were the losers."

He called on the Roma community in Page Hall to change aspects of their "behaviour", such as congregating on the streets on summer evenings and dumping litter, which he said was "aggravating" local people.

"We've got to be tough and robust in saying to people you are not in a downtrodden village or woodland, because many of them don't even live in areas where there are toilets or refuse collection facilities. You are not there any more, you are here - and you've got to adhere to our standards, and to our way of behaving, and if you do then you'll get a welcome and people will support you."

Mr Blunkett said the local population in Page Hall, which he said was made up of people with "Pakistani backgrounds, Somali, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Yemeni and traditional white working class" also had to make an effort to reach out to the Roma community. Unquote...

UKIP are the Only Party willing to get us out of the European Union and return power to the British people to rule ourselves, this has to be better than what we doing now....
Wales is a catchment area for London's Immigrant overflow, they have to build these homes for the thousands who don't qualify for London housing rents, they are already shipping out thousands to the North and the North-East, Sheffield has been under this housing pressure and has the New immigrants fighting the last immigrants to arrive. This is a BBC report regarding the unrest: several paragraphs pasted... Quote: Tensions between local people and Roma migrants could escalate into rioting unless action is taken to improve integration, David Blunkett has warned,the former home secretary fears a repeat of race riots that hit northern cities in 2001. His concerns centre on the Page Hall area of Sheffield, where Roma migrants from Slovakia have set up home,but he also accused the government of "burying their head in the sand" over the scale of Roma settlement in the UK. In an interview with BBC Radio Sheffield, he said the Roma community had to make more of an effort to fit in with British culture. "We have got to change the behaviour and the culture of the incoming community, the Roma community, because there's going to be an explosion otherwise. We all know that." 'Downtrodden village' The Sheffield Brightside MP said he feared a repeat of the violence that erupted between Asian and white youths in Bradford and other cities in 2001. More recent Roma migrants... carry the double burden of both a tough, discriminatory environment in countries of origin, and the winds of austerity and hostility in the UK” Sylvia Ingmire Roma Support Group "If everything exploded, if things went really wrong, the community would obviously be devastated. We saw this in Bradford, Burnley and Oldham all those years ago when I first became home secretary. We saw that the community itself were the losers." He called on the Roma community in Page Hall to change aspects of their "behaviour", such as congregating on the streets on summer evenings and dumping litter, which he said was "aggravating" local people. "We've got to be tough and robust in saying to people you are not in a downtrodden village or woodland, because many of them don't even live in areas where there are toilets or refuse collection facilities. You are not there any more, you are here - and you've got to adhere to our standards, and to our way of behaving, and if you do then you'll get a welcome and people will support you." Mr Blunkett said the local population in Page Hall, which he said was made up of people with "Pakistani backgrounds, Somali, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Yemeni and traditional white working class" also had to make an effort to reach out to the Roma community. Unquote... UKIP are the Only Party willing to get us out of the European Union and return power to the British people to rule ourselves, this has to be better than what we doing now.... welshmen
  • Score: 1

5:45pm Wed 4 Jun 14

Bobevans says...

The road network in the area is already at saturation point yet the are building thousands of more homes without upgrading the roads. It is simply crazy
The road network in the area is already at saturation point yet the are building thousands of more homes without upgrading the roads. It is simply crazy Bobevans
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