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An outline planning application has been submitted by St. Modwen and Davidsons Developments Ltd to Telford & Wrekin Council for the South East Newport Masterplan.

The application for the site, which lies one mile to the south of Newport town centre, has been developed following discussions with Telford & Wrekin Council, plus other key stakeholders, and the local community at two public exhibitions.

Following the public exhibitions, a number of revisions have been made to the planning application in response to community feedback. The application now proposes the creation of up to 350 homes instead of the 400 originally proposed; an Extra Care housing scheme; 4.5 ha of employment land and a food store with petrol filling station and car wash, with the potential to create in excess of 750 new jobs; open space and landscaping provision, including a new all-weather sports pitch and landscaped park; demolition of existing industrial buildings, plus improvements to local highways and infrastructure. A detailed planning application has also been submitted for the superstore element of the proposed scheme.

The proposed development comprises two individual parcels of land divided by Station Road and offering a total 27.88 ha of sustainable development space, well served by public transport and within close proximity to a range of existing shops and services.

Julie Rossiter, Senior Asset Manager for St. Modwen commented:

“This scheme has been developed in association with local stakeholders to meet the long-term needs of Newport. The submitted proposal has evolved to incorporate the feedback received during the community engagement period and now includes new features such as an increased open space provision, a wide range of housing to meet the needs of local people and the retention of trees and hedgerows.

“We believe this scheme will provide much needed additional residential accommodation to the local area, along with an Extra Care facility, new business park and a quality food store to meet the shopping needs of Newport and its catchment area. This development will make a positive contribution to the local economy allowing for the retention of people, jobs and inward investment within Newport.”

James Wilson, Managing Director of Davidsons Developments Ltd said:

“Davidsons Developments Ltd are new to the Shropshire area; however, our quality-design focus on the delivery of new homes fits with the existing character feel of Newport. This project fits with our guiding principles of quality place-making and the building of outstanding family homes, and we look forward to delivering a scheme that will be an asset to the town in the years to come and of which we can all be justly proud. Davidsons have recently won a design award at Melbourne in South Derbyshire and hope to be able to repeat this at Newport. We would encourage residents to take a look at our website”

The proposals for the mixed-use development have been carefully planned to contribute to regeneration, design, sustainable development and construction principals. With sustainability at its heart, the scheme will offer strong connections to surrounding areas, plus extended bus services. The scheme has been designed to provide an attractive setting, including significant areas of open space for leisure and informal amenity, plus new balancing ponds. The development will also be in keeping with its surroundings, providing a safe and attractive environment for a high-quality new community that reflects Newport’s strong local identity.

Subject to planning approval, the developers anticipate that initial site works could commence in summer 2012.