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St. Modwen, the UK’s leading regeneration specialist, has been granted approval to develop a new multi-million pound housing scheme on land to the north of Audley Avenue in Newport, Shropshire.

Councillors on Telford & Wrekin Council’s Planning Committee have given the go-ahead to an amended application for the development of 215 houses, which will include some affordable housing, along with over six acres of public open space, allotments, ecological enhancements and highway works.

The two to four bedroom houses will range from terrace/linked mews cottages to detached properties and there will be allocated car and cycle parking provided for every home. Access will be from a new junction on Audley Avenue and a new pedestrian/cycle route will run through the site, promoting more sustainable methods of transport.

St. Modwen will also fund more than £1 million of infrastructure and community improvements to enhance the local area, including:

Transfer of nearly four acres of land on the adjoining Shukers Field playing fields to Telford & Wrekin Council, together with a financial contribution towards improvements to the sports pitches and the facilitiesProvision of over half an acre of allotment land for use as new allotments, extending the existing allotmentsTransfer of nearly an acre of land adjacent to Burton Borough School for the creation of a new community sports pitchOver £160,000 for the provision of a children’s play area on adjacent landOver £500,000 towards the provision of primary and secondary educationImprovements to public transport

Julie Rossiter, senior asset manager at St. Modwen, said: “We are very pleased to get the go-ahead for our scheme situated north of Audley Avenue, which is just a short walk from Newport town centre.

“It will transform this area into a vibrant residential development and bring social, economic and environmental benefits to the area.”

Work on the new development is set to begin in 2015.