Record number of homes built in Newport

Posted on Monday 4th July 2016

More than 900 new homes were built in Newport in 2015/16 – the largest number of completions in over 25 years.

Councillor Debbie Wilcox, Leader of Newport City Council, said: “This is a sign of a confidence in a thriving city. Newport has much to offer and people living and working here all contribute to a vibrant economy.

“A wide variety of homes are being built from starter properties to larger family homes. Many of these housing sites also include affordable homes to give more people who want to live in Newport the opportunity to get on the property ladder and own their own home.

Councillor John Richards, Cabinet Member for Regeneration and Investment, said: “There are a number of significant housing developments which have contributed to this record number and they are still building on those sites.

“Most of these are on former brownfield sites and some are set to become new 21st century communities including leisure and educational facilities. Like all cities and major towns, Newport needs to continue to grow and develop

Since 1991/92, the highest number of dwellings completed in one year was at the turn of the century when 714 were constructed.  In 2014/15, 595 properties were built compared with 389 the previous year.

Among the major housing developments are Loftus Village on the former Pirelli site off Corporation Road; City Vizion on the riverside near the city centre; Lysaght’s Village in Lliswerry; Foxgloves Meadows in Bettws; Jubilee Park on the former Alcan site in Rogerstone and Glan Llyn in Llanwern.

Major regeneration work has been taking place in Newport for more than a decade and has included the transformation of the former derelict brownfield site in Old Town Dock.

Friars Walk, the multi-million pound retail and leisure scheme in the city centre opened in November, and the council is leading on the Welsh Government-funded Vibrant and Viable Places (VVP) programme.

Now in its third year, VVP has enabled key buildings in the city centre to have a new lease of life providing homes and business space with private and third sector investment.

Councillor Richards said: “Much has been achieved in recent years by the council working with different partners but there is still more than can be done and we are committed to continuing this good work for the benefit of all those who live and work in Newport.”

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