City centre

City centre - a vibrant and viable place

A diary of transformation, beginning with Commercial Street.

City centre regeneration projects are taking shape under Newport's vibrant and viable places programme (VVP).

Newport City Council has been awarded over £17 million by the Welsh Government under its VVP regeneration funding framework.  Newport received the largest award in Wales and was one of only three authorities to get the full amount bid for.

This is expected to lead to a significant further investment thanks to partnerships with the third and private sectors.

Historic properties in High Street are being transformed with financial assistance from the programme. The former Kings Hotel has been converted into high quality apartments and the former Yates building is being refurbished as a 60-bed Premier Inn hotel.

In Commercial Street, the landmark National Buildings has received a major facelift, with work completed on a new look for the shop fronts and the residential upper floors.

On Cardiff Road transformation of a former derelict building in a prominent position near the Royal Gwent Hospital is complete. The property has been converted into apartments for the Seren Group. Fifteen new residents are now enjoying the results of the building being restored in keeping with its conservation area location.

The VVP will help to create up to 600 new jobs, create or improve over 400 homes and assist more than 850 people to gain work-based learning and skills opportunities.


Compulsory purchase of land - Commercial Street, Newport

Newport City Council has made a Compulsory Purchase Order application in respect of The Hornblower Public House, 126 Commercial Street, Newport.

This property forms part of a significant VVP project which would deliver a new entrance to the Park Square Car Park, up to 30 affordable apartments in a sustainable location and an improved retail unit.

Hornblower CPO (pdf)

Hornblower plan (pdf)

Newspaper notice (English) (pdf)

Newspaper notice (Cymraeg) (pdf)

Statement of reasons (English) (pdf)

Statement of reasons (Cymraeg) (pdf)