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Whiteheads Residential Development

Client: Whiteheads Development Company

Location: Newport, South Wales

We secured a unanimous resolution to grant planning permission for 529 new homes in Newport.  The resolution was achieved on behalf of the Whiteheads Development Company, a subsidiary of the Tirion Group.  The scheme will be delivered at the former Whiteheads Steelworks site in Newport.  

In addition to the 529 new homes (50% of which will be delivered as affordable housing), 24 assisted living units, the scheme also includes a new primary school, retail units and a pub / restaurant.  The scheme is a key regeneration project in Newport that will transform a derelict strategic site into a high quality residential neighbourhood.   


We were responsible for preparing the planning application and negotiating a positive planning decision.  A key challenge that we were able to overcome during this process was agreeing suitable mitigation to address local noise from industrial use and road and rail traffic.  We achievedthis by working with the noise consultant and scheme designers to develop a suitable site layout that would provide users with suitable outdoor noise levels and agreeing a glazing and ventilation strategy for noise sensitive properties to denser suitable indoor noise levels.  In addition, we were able to agree a reasonable level of planning obligations within the context, which involved undertaking an ‘open book’ process with the Council to agree the development model and scheme viability.  

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Completion of the planning agreement and issue of the permission is due imminently.  We will now be advising the Whiteheads Development Company and Lovell Homes as the scheme progresses to start on site in early 2018. 

Images courtesy of Powell Dobson Architects