Tetra Tech has secured planning permission from Torfaen County Borough Council for the redevelopment of the former Monmouthshire County Hall Site, Turnpike Road, Cwmbran.
Working on behalf of Kier Living Ltd, the proposals deliver 143 dwellings including 42 affordable homes, with associated open space, landscaping, access and infrastructure works. The redevelopment will deliver a variety of house types and sizes, including two-, three- and four-bedroom homes.
The former Monmouthshire County Hall Site has lain vacant with two historic unsuccessful applications since the former County Hall buildings were demolished in 2013. The site is surrounded by protected ancient woodland and a public right of way crosses the site to the south.
Negotiations with Torfaen County Borough officers helped shape the design and layout, whilst ensuring valuable site features are retained and enhanced. Careful consideration has been paid to safeguarding the woodland and maintaining a right of way across the site. A comprehensive planting scheme and natural public open space enhance the wooded character of the site. In addition to affordable housing, the redevelopment delivers improved local crossing facilities. The proposals were unanimously approved by Councillors at Planning Committee.
Rob Mitchell, Associate at Tetra Tech, said: “We are delighted to obtain planning permission at the former County Hall site. This challenging site has required careful discussions with officers which has delivered a high-quality, characterful scheme on a well-known site which has lain vacant for too long. Kier Living’s proposals succeed where others have failed and not only preserve the woodland but incorporate it as a key asset, and I’m sure this will deliver a characterful place to live.”
Ben Stephenson, Development Manager at Kier Living, added: “We’re really pleased to get our second consent in Wales and are looking forward to getting started.”