Council planners to target major regeneration schemes

Written by: Jez Abbott
Published on: 8 Apr 2015

Friars WalkA city council is boosting its planning team to help deliver major development projects in the heart of the Welsh city.

Newport City Council planners are homing in on initiatives such as a city-centre redevelopment including cinema, shops and restaurants, according to development services manager Mark Hand.

He told Planning: “We are an ambitious council; going for growth rather than trying to turn things away. We are working on an international convention centre at the nearby Celtic Manor Resort.

“Newport has a target of building 10,000 homes by 2026 and has secured £15m from the Welsh government to prompt housing-led regeneration by converting Victorian buildings and flats above shops into homes.”

Newport City Council is seeking to recruit a chief planning officer responsible for leading the development management, planning policy, conservation and building control services.

Another current project includes the city's Friars Walk retail and leisure development with 5,100 homes, three primary schools, community hubs, lakes and a business park.

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