Have your say: public views sought for Newport housing development

January 2015
Newport residents are being invited to air their views on the planned development of the former site of the Whiteheads Steelworks at an upcoming public exhibition.

The exhibition will showcase to the public how the disused brownfield site is to be transformed into a vibrant urban community with 500 new homes – 50% of which will be available at below-market rents – and a site for a new primary school. The Whiteheads Development Company, a not-for-profit housing development company behind the project, is urging people in the surrounding communities to attend the consultation to have their say on the proposals.

The exhibition will take place at the YMCA on Mendalgief Road from Wednesday 21st January to Wednesday 28th January. Members of the public are invited to attend the drop-in between 8.30am and 8.30pm to view the proposals for the former steelworks and feed comments back to the development team. Representatives from the Whiteheads Development Company will be on-hand during the afternoon of the 21st to launch the display and discuss the plans in detail with visitors.

The development is expected to deliver a £140m economic boost to the area, creating up to 1500 jobs in the process. Subject to a successful planning application, remediation of the site is expected to commence in early 2015, with the first houses available in late 2016.

David Ward, CEO of the Whiteheads Development Company, said: “The Whiteheads Steelworks were a key part of Newport’s landscape for almost 100 years. At its height, the site employed 2000 of people, including many different generations of local families. The site had a huge role in Newport’s industrial heritage and that’s why we’re placing the community at the very heart of the consultation process by urging people to come along and have their say.

“The development will deliver much-needed affordable housing to Newport as well as create local employment opportunities and boost the construction industry. This neglected wasteland will be transformed into a thriving urban community where people want to live and where properties are within the financial reach of young and lower-income families.

“Initial soundings with local councillors and decision-makers on the plans have been positive and we’re looking forward to sharing the plans with other key groups at the exhibition.”

The exhibition will run in the public reception area at the YMCA in Newport from Wednesday January 21st to Wednesday January 28th January. A further consultation event for members of the public, public service providers and key stakeholders will be held on Friday 30th January. More details on this event will be made available in due course. The Whiteheads site is allocated for housing within Newport City Council’s Local Development Plan and the development will be subject to a successful planning application.