Have your say on proposed city centre planning policy
Posted on Friday 24th April 2015
Newport City Council is to begin a six week public consultation on a proposal to encourage certain types of development in the city centre.
The council is considering establishing a Local Development Order (LDO) which would grant blanket planning permission for non-contentious forms of development in a defined area for the three years.
Only specified uses would be allowed on the lower, ground and upper buildings and there
would be exemptions - for example, only shops would be allowed on the ground floor of properties in the primary and secondary retail areas.
While this policy would mean a modest loss of income for the council, it is believed it would have considerable benefits by increasing occupancy levels and commercial activity.
Councillor John Richards, cabinet member for regeneration and employment, took the decision to begin a public consultation on the proposal.
"A LDO could be another way that the council can help stimulate appropriate development in the city centre and boost its vibrancy. We would ensure that the character and impressive architecture would be protected by not automatically allowing certain uses," said Councillor Richards.
"However, before a final decision is made, we would like to hear the views of those who live, work and shop in the city centre.
"There are a number of exciting projects already taking place in the city centre including Friars Walk and the vibrant and viable places programme, but we will continue to look at all options to make the city centre as attractive as possible."
Comments on the proposed LDO can be made at www.newport.gov.uk/haveyoursay