Ship­yard set for 345 homes and park

Western Daily Press (Saturday) - - News -

PLANS to trans­form a for­mer ship­yard into a new neigh­bour­hood with 345 homes, of­fices and a river­side park have been lodged with

Mon­mouthshire coun­cil.

A re­served mat­ters ap­pli­ca­tion has been sub­mit­ted for the re­de­vel­op­ment of the for­mer Mabey Bridge site in Chep­stow, draw­ing a num­ber of ob­jec­tions just days after its sub­mis­sion.

Out­line plan­ning per­mis­sion for the de­vel­op­ment with up to 450 homes was ap­proved by Mon­mouthshire County Coun­cil last year, de­spite con­cerns about a “lack of af­ford­able hous­ing” in the plans.

The de­vel­op­ment would in­clude a range of homes in­clud­ing apart­ments, houses and some shel­tered ac­com­mo­da­tion for the el­derly.

New of­fices and com­mer­cial leisure fa­cil­i­ties would also be built on the 41-acre site un­der the plans sub­mit­ted by Bar­ratt Homes.

A to­tal of 237 of the homes would be three-bed­room, 82 four-bed­room and 26 would be two-bed­room homes.

Bar­ratt Homes says this re­flects the high de­mand for fam­ily hous­ing in Chep­stow.

The de­vel­op­ment would also come with 901 park­ing spa­ces, in­clud­ing 18 for vis­i­tors.

A river­side park in­clud­ing a com­mu­nity or­chard and play ar­eas would also be built on the site which lies on the banks of the River Wye.

The pro­posed re­design of Bom­bar­don Square is based on the float­ing Bom­bar­don struc­tures which were used to pro­tect Mul­berry Har­bours dur­ing the in­va­sion of Nor­mandy in 1944.

The Mabey Bridge ship­yard was one of the main cen­tres around the UK where these were man­u­fac­tured.

But a multi-use games area which was ap­proved in the mas­ter­plan is not in­cluded in the new ap­pli­ca­tion due to a “third party land con­straint.”

A to­tal of 1.5 acres of land is pro­vided for af­ford­able hous­ing and 1.2 acres for em­ploy­ment land.

The ap­pli­ca­tion also aims to main­tain that the grade-II listed Brunel House re­mains a dom­i­nant fea­ture of the area.

The for­mer mill build­ing will be re­tained in the plans and con­verted for ei­ther com­mer­cial, res­i­den­tial or com­mu­nity use.

Con­cerns have been ex­pressed since the plans were out­lined, with sev­eral ob­jec­tions lodged.

Ob­jec­tors have voiced con­cerns over the im­pact of the pro­pos­als on traf­fic is­sues and pol­lu­tion in Chep­stow, while also ques­tion­ing if there is suf­fi­cient in­fra­struc­ture in place for the de­vel­op­ment to go ahead.

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