Newport gets £1bn regeneration

Large steelwork site to get massive clean up.

A £1bn regeneration scheme that snakes around a park, lakes and a network of greenways has been given the green light. Newport City Council gave the nod for one of Britain’s biggest clean ups: a 250ha former steelworks site 4.8km east of the city. Builders will build 4,000 homes and offices on the land — owned by metals group Corus — at Llanwern. Redevelopment of the brownfield site is expected to take 20 years. “Three interconnected lakes and a park area will form the heart,” said Anthony Glossop, chairman of regeneration firm St Modwen. “A network of greenways will connect this central park to the new neighbourhoods. The lakes and greenways aim to deal with the potential risk of tidal flooding.” Leicester-based landscape architect Munro + Whitten is working on the project with architects from the Stephen George Partnership. The flood-alleviation measures were approved by Environment Agency for Wales, said Glossop. The site, close to the M4, was singled out as a regeneration flagship for Wales and will include numerous sports and play areas. Work is to start later this year, with the first homes built next year.

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