Growth and spatial options

Where are we now and where are we trying to get to?

Newport City Council is preparing a Replacement Local Development Plan (RLDP) to cover the period 2021-2036.

When adopted this will replace the current Local Development Plan (LDP).  

The RLDP will contain policies and proposals which together will provide for the development needs and aspirations of the city as well as protecting and enhancing its social, cultural and environmental assets.

The council is in the very early stages of preparing the RLDP. The council is working towards preparing the preferred strategy, but must first identify the optimal growth and spatial options available for the RLDP.

Growth and spatial options consultation

The growth and spatial options paper presents different housing and employment growth options and broad options for where that growth could be located (spatial options).

Housing and employment growth options have been identified using technical research which is presented alongside this paper.


Growth and Spatial Options Paper

Technical Research:

Demographic Evidence

Employment Land Review - Executive Summary

Employment Land Review - with appendices


The purpose of the housing and employment growth options is to introduce different scales of growth which have been derived using different methods or assumptions to gain feedback to inform the preferred growth strategy that will be delivered by the RLDP.

Different spatial options are presented to provide an indication of how growth could be distributed across Newport, albeit no specific locations have been assessed at this stage. 

Once these have been through a process of engagement, they will be used to inform the preferred strategy for the RLDP.


The council is seeking comments on growth and spatial options to inform the preparation of the RLDP.

This stage of public engagement is not required by statute. It is an informal consultation stage which will shape the preferred strategy.

Non-statutory consultation on the growth and spatial options will take place from 25 January 2023 to 8 March 2023.

Your feedback will help refine the growth and spatial options to best represent the communities that live in, work in, and visit Newport.

If you’d like to share your comments on the matters discussed in this paper, you can do so using either of the following forms:

PDF (editable) Consultation Form

Word Consultation Form

Your comments are welcomed in either Welsh or English and should be received by the council no later than 8 March 2023.

Consultation events

We will be holding a series of consultation events to give you an opportunity to discuss the growth and spatial options consultation.

Please keep checking the website regularly for updates on this over the consultation period.

View the documents

You can also view the documents on the growth and spatial options for the RLDP in person:

  • Newport Central Library (Tuesday – Friday 9.30 am to 5.30 pm; Saturday 9.30 am to 4 pm)
      • Jan/Feb - Pop-up library, Reception Desk, Unit 16 Kingsway Centre
      • Feb/March - Central Library, Local Studies Library, John Frost Square, NP20 1PA
  • Newport City Council, **BY APPOINTMENT ONLY** (Monday - Friday 9 am to 4.30 pm.)
      • Newport City Council, Civic Centre, NP20 4UR

Please contact the Planning Policy Team to arrange an appointment: