Illustrative Masterplan

NOTE: Planning Application has been Submitted to Torfaen Council.  Please see Council website for details.

What is the development?

The site is located around 2.4km to the north-east of Pontypool, with its eastern boundary defined by the A4042 dual carriageway. The building areas are split into three main parts: • The former Parke-Davis site • The former Nylon Spinners factory • The Mamhilad Park Estate.

How does the detail of the Mamhilad Strategic Action Area set out in the Torfaen LDP relate to the current plans?

Land is allocated at the Mamhilad Strategic Action Area for the construction of approximately 1,700 dwellings (690 dwellings to be delivered during the Plan Period), employment uses, re-use of the Grade II* Listed Building, neighbourhood centre, primary school, open space and recreation facilities as part of a mixed use scheme to create a sustainable urban village within a landscaped setting.

What is the main reason behind the proposed mixed-use development

The regeneration of the brownfield site is not only a fantastic location for a mixed-use development within the centre of Gwent but it is also sits within the Torfaen Local Development Plan. Furthermore it will make up 70% of Torfaen’s brownfield LDP residential allocation and provide significant economic benefits.
In a nutshell, what is proposed?
Residential - The initial outline application includes approximately 22 hectares of residential development providing up to 975 dwellings. It will include a range of house types including affordable homes.
Employment - The existing office buildings named Caerleon House and Mamhilad House will be retained for employment along with the front section of Brecon House. At least 60% of the Nylon Spinners factory will also be refurbished and retained for the existing employment uses.
Local Centre - A local neighbourhood centre will be provided in a central location, providing a mix of community uses including local retail, community uses and small-scale leisure uses within use classes A1 (shops and retail outlets), A2 (professional services), A3 (food and drink), B1 (business), C3 (dwellings/communal housing), D1 (non residential institutions) and D2 (assembly and leisure).
A Primary School - A 2FE (2 Form Entry) school will also be provided.

How will you ensure sustainability?

The development will include a series of open spaces, linked by tree-lined streets to create walking and cycling routes while providing attractive amenity areas.
The final design will be confirmed at the detailed design stage, however the broad principles to be adopted include:
• A neighbourhood park at the centre of the site, which will provide a setting to the Nylon Spinners factory as well as green focus for the new development.
• A green network of public open spaces running through the site from south to north.
• A formal green space to the north of the Nylon Spinners factory that will also act as a buffer between the retained employment uses in the former factory and the new housing proposed to the north.
The amenity green space will include various children’s play spaces (neighbourhood equipped areas of play (NEAPs), local equipped areas of play (LEAPs) and local areas of play (LAPs), allotments, playing fields, recreational open space and areas of native planting.
All of the existing ancient woodland on site and most of the mature planting around the periphery of the site would be retained.

Will there be any changes to traffic and access points?

There is a traffic strategy and primary access points for the proposed development are taken from the A4042 and Old Abergavenny Road. Existing Public Rights of Way (PRoWs) will be retained. As agreed with Torfaen Council and Welsh Government Highways, a new roundabout will be created to create a significant entrance, and to allow connectivity between various sections of the new community.
A commitment to public transport has also been included – notably cycle routes, local bus services and transport to local railway stations.

Will the site generate increased traffic?

There will be some increase to the number of vehicles compared to current levels, however, levels will not return to those prevailing when the Nylon Spinners and former Parke-Davis sites were in operation.

What is the current site setup?

The former Parke-Davis site has been vacant for almost 20 years.
The former Nylon Spinners factory is a Grade II* listed building. The large majority of the ground floor of the building is occupied by existing businesses, but only a small proportion of the upper floors. A total of 55 businesses occupy the building, employing a total of approximately 380 people.
Mamhilad Park Estate also includes the former offices of ICI which are now occupied by a range of private and public sector occupiers.
This part of the site has been enhanced and upgraded, with new signage, refurbished parking areas and re-surfaced roads, new canteen and crèche facilities and currently employs approximately 1180 people. In the last two years alone, over 100 companies have relocated or set up in business on the site.

What are the proposed timescales?

An outline planning application will be submitted in March 2017 and if approved, the development will be completed in phases. We hope to have a 2018 start date for the 10-year regeneration.

Who is behind the proposal?

Johnsey Estates UK Ltd, which has over 60 years’ experience in successfully delivering developments and will be submitting the planning application.

What other public benefits will be provided to the local community as part of the proposal?

A significant percentage of affordable housing will be provided as well as green and recreational areas, local tax receipts and a dedicated CSR programme. Furthermore, there will be a substantial investment in disabled access given the nature of the flat site.

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