Torfaen residents are being invited to have their say on a development for more than 1,500 homes planned for a brownfield site near Pontypool.

Property company Johnsey Estates UK wants to transform a 52-hectare site at Mamhilad into a new community including more than 1,500 homes, a neighbourhood centre with shops and leisure facilities, a primary school and enhanced employment opportunities.

The 52-hectares includes the vacant former Parke-Davis site, the former Nylon Spinners factory and the Mamhilad Park Estate site.

The site, which runs alongside the A4042, is located within the Mamhilad Strategic Action Area, which is allocated for mixed-use redevelopment in the adopted Torfaen Local Development Plan. Given the scale, the development would make up 70 per cent of Torfaen’s brownfield residential allocation.

The drop-in consultation sessions will take place on March 1 and 2 at Mamhilad Park Estate.

The proposed development will include approximately 22 hectares of residential development including a range of family homes and significant percentage of affordable homes.

The development will also include a series of open spaces linked by tree-lined streets to create walking and cycling routes while providing attractive amenity areas.

The proposed green spaces include a neighbourhood park at the heart of the site, various children’s play areas, allotments, playing fields, recreational open space and areas of native planting.

Andrew Wilkinson, chairman of Johnsey Estates UK, said: “We are excited about the potential of this proposed development, which will create a thriving new community at Mamhilad.

“The site’s accessibility, setting and location make it an attractive place to live and work.

“Johnsey Estates has been on site for more than 20 years and in that time a huge amount of investment has taken place. We look forward to progressing to the next stage and seeing the potential of the site come to life.”

An outline planning application will be submitted in March 2017 and if approved, the development will be completed in phases. It is hoped that work would start on the 10-year regeneration in 2018.

Public consultation events are taking place on Wednesday March 1 and Thursday March 2, between 4pm and 8pm in the second floor boardroom of Mamhilad House at the Mamhilad Park Estate.

It will be a drop-in format with representatives from Johnsey Estates, ecological experts, design team members and project planners on hand to answer any questions.

For more information contact 01495 763275.