News: 11 July 2017Outline planning application submitted for new settlement in South Wales

Our Cardiff team has submitted a masterplan and detailed architectural proposals to Torfaen County Borough Council on behalf of Johnsey Estates UK to transform a major 52-hectare brownfield regeneration site in South Wales.

An Outline Planning Application and Listed Building Application have been submitted to create a new, contemporary urban village at Mamhilad. Under the proposals, one of Wales’ largest Listed Buildings will form the focus of a place that will include 975 homes, a new neighbourhood centre with shops, leisure facilities, a primary school and significant employment opportunities, surrounded by areas of attractive open space and woodland.

Located between Pontypool and Abergavenny, the vision for the site will see it transformed from former industrial land into a self-sufficient 21st century community where people will be able to live, work and spend their leisure time. Walking and cycling routes will allow people to get around easily through attractive amenity areas, all in close proximity to the Brecon and Monmouthshire Canal.

The southern part of the site, formerly the Parke Davis Factory, is derelict, but the northern part is home to the Grade 2* listed former Nylon Spinners Factory Building, a number of key existing employment uses and areas of woodland. In recent years, Johnsey Estates UK has invested significantly in the existing Office Park and workspace areas, so that a wide variety of employment opportunities in over one million sq ft of commercial space are already available for the new village.

Our team have prepared a masterplan for the site for the outline application and also provided detailed architectural proposals for the alterations to the listed Nylon Spinners Factory and associated curtilage buildings as well as landscaping designs for the village square and central park.

James Crawford, CEO of Johnsey Estates UK, said: “This application is the culmination of an intensive research and development project by our highly regarded professional team.

"Since the Local Development Plan allocation, we have worked closely with Torfaen County Borough Council and a number of other interested parties in order to ensure that the overall scheme reflects the quality of the rural setting.”

Barry Williams, Associate Urban Designer at Barton Willmore, said: "Mamhilad will be an exciting contemporary new village set within an attractive landscaped setting with the retained Nylon Spinners Factory and the existing Business Park at its heart. It will harness the considerable local built and natural environmental resources to create a new highly sustainable community where people will wish to live, work and visit."

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