The Urbanists were appointed by the Welsh Assembly Government to prepare a revised masterplan and secure outline planning permission for residential and employment uses for a former industrial site in the Newport.
The masterplan for the 6 ha residential element proposed a maximum of 200 units across the site at an average density of 33 dwellings per hectare. High permeability of the site was possible by the numerous points of pedestrian, bicycle and vehicle access to / from the surrounding residential areas. This allowed the layout to integrate with the existing built form. The proposal has significant sustainability credentials being urban, brownfield, and led by the Assembly. 30% of units were also proposed as affordable housing.
The approved indicative layout was achieved through a collaborative design process with the Local Planning Authority and key stakeholders including politicians and residents.
The masterplan for the 2 ha employment element proposed a maximum of 45 units for business and general industrial uses (use classes B1 and B2) providing circa 4,000 sq m (43,000 sq ft).
Planning permissions were granted in early 2011.