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Joint statement re Project Gwyrdd

In the following statement, Newport City Council and St. Modwen the landowner and developer of the £1bn Glan Llyn scheme, outline their concerns about the possible location of a proposed incinerator to the east of Newport, adjacent to the Glan Llyn development.

Nick Alexander, senior residential land manager, St. Modwen says:

“We have strong concerns about the incinerator proposals outlined in Project Gwyrdd. If located near Glan Llyn, the incinerator will generate a lot of traffic including heavy goods vehicles, noise issues as well as dust and smells along the edge of the new community we are committed to creating at Llanwern.

“St. Modwen’s Glan Llyn development will transform the former Llanwern Steelworks into a sustainable community which will eventually provide around 4,000 homes and 6,000 jobs locally.”

Councillor Bob Bright, Newport City Council Leader, adds:

“St. Modwen’s scheme is a massive investment for Newport and a key regeneration project for the City and South Wales. Project Gwyrdd is a partnership between five local authorities and Newport City Council formally signed up to it in 2009. It is a project that, as an Administration, the Council has inherited and it is being driven by Welsh Government.

“The final site for the incinerator is yet to be decided and it is by no means a done deal that it will be located in Newport especially given a suitable site with planning permission already exists in Cardiff. There is currently no planning permission for the Newport site, and an application for this is still to be considered by the Council. The Planning Committee is independent and impartial members make decisions they believe are most appropriate after weighing up all the considerations.

“There is a meeting planned between the Council and Welsh Government officials to raise these shared concerns about this project, the technology used and will ask them to seriously consider where it should be located.

“The new Labour administration will follow the correct Council procedures to ensure that we have environmental sustainability at the heart of our City, doing all that we can to achieve the highest possible recycling levels, but this will not be at any price.”