Whiteheads Development Company Limited, part of the Tirion Group, was granted Planning Permission today by Newport City Council to construct 529 homes on the 42-acre site of the former Whiteheads steelworks in the Pillgwenlly area of the city. The project is being supported by Welsh Government via a commercial loan to help deliver the remediation of the site and the initial phases of the project.
The 529 residential properties will include 265 affordable and sub-market housing, together with 24 assisted living units and 264 homes for open market sale. A pub/restaurant, retail units, community facilities and highways infrastructure are also included in the development. A site has also been provided for a new primary school.
Additional benefits will include:
- £2.14m contribution to the new school made up of the gift of the remediated site plus a financial contribution;
- Upgrading of Pill Playing Fields; and
- The major reconstruction of Mendalgief Road to turn it into a high quality residential street.
The development is also expected to deliver:
- £70m of direct investment and £200m of added value (GDP) in the local economy;
- 800 construction jobs and 400 supply chain jobs;
- A minimum of 30 construction apprenticeships; and
- 500 other training opportunities; and
Remediation of the site was completed in January 2017 by civil engineering company Walters and work is expected to commence in the coming months with the first houses available by summer 2018. Up to 50% of the resulting homes will be made available at below-market rents.