We’ve got big ambitions at Newport City Homes – our plans involve various developments around the city, where we have purchased new land and will build new homes; and our regeneration schemes – improving our existing portfolio to make sure we’re fit for the future.
Some of our ambitions have already become a reality. Our first new-build homes were unveiled in 2018, providing safe, warm and welcoming spaces for Newport families. Our £10million Pillgwenlly regeneration scheme is set for completion and will help to tackle anti-social behaviour in one of the most deprived communities in Wales.
Our finance arrangements are changing too, to make the most of our assets; people, homes and relationships — supporting us to build more homes and deliver our 2020 Vision. With 2795 new and affordable homes needed in Newport within the next 5 years, there are two things firmly on the NCH agenda: challenge and change.
Our Glen Court development was officially completed in Spring 2018, marking our first completed new build properties since our inception in 2009.
Local contractor P&P Buildings helped us to deliver the scheme in Bettws, which created 11 new family homes and a bungalow equipped for people with disabilities.
The project marked a landmark moment for Newport City Homes – the start of delivering our ambition of helping to tackle the housing need in the city
The development team on-site at Glen Court in Spring 2018
As part of our development contracts, a financial amount is donated to our Community Benefits fund – which is used to feed back into projects which benefit the local community. The contribution for Glen Court was used to improve the gateway into Bettws Shopping Centre.
Our regeneration of Albany Chambers on Skinner Street in Newport centre has now been completed in partnership with developers MVR Solutions, where we have developed nine affordable one and two-bedroom apartments within the listed building.
Our Albany Chambers development has been designed to provide social housing for residents who have a need to be located within the city centre for employment, education, training or support purposes, and are suitable for single people, couples or small families with children over the age of 14.
The £7.5 million development and regeneration of Ringland is our flagship regeneration scheme. Working with Powell Dobson Architects, the plan involves several phases, including the building of 170 new homes within the area and the relocation of Ringland Shopping Centre, with on-site work expected to start in December 2020.
The overall masterplan is expected to take approximately five years to complete, with several phases in place throughout. Our current activity revolves around Cot Farm and Mountbatten Close.
Phase One of the Ringland Masterplan started in January 2019 by our contractors Lovell, on the redevelopment of the Cot Farm estate, which will bring 56 modern homes and apartments for social rent to the area.
The design and build scheme involves demolishing the existing maisonettes and will create 26 modern two- and three-bedroom homes and 30 one- and two-bedroom apartments on land at Hendre Farm Drive. This stage of development is expected to be complete by March 2020.
Our work at Mountbatten Close also forms part of the Ringland Masterplan and involves demolishing the existing four-storey 1960’s apartment block, replacing this with affordable housing similar to the design of our Cot Farm scheme above.
Our plans include a block of 12 affordable flats and 12 semi-detached affordable houses, with 37 parking spaces provided.
We’ve held extensive consultation with the local community and have had an overwhelmingly positive response to the regeneration plans.
We’ve partnered with developers United Living on a £10 million regeneration scheme for Pillgwenlly, and have worked closely with residents and retailed who have helped us in developing our plans.
We have demolished garages in Knight Close, Coulson Close, Francis Street and Alma Street, with nine flats and two three-bedroom houses expected to be complete by April 2019.
We're pleased to support the local community in Pill through various ways, including a new local community hub opening underneath our apartments and support of anti-social behaviour initiatives within the area.
Somerton Road (Kings)
We're working with developers P&P Builders to develop 25 new affordable homes on the site of the former King's Head Pub in Lliswerry.
Since beginning the project in October 2018, significant progress has been made, and we've worked closely with the local community - including regular visits from Lliswerry Primary School, who have visited the development several times as part of an ongoing project on construction.
We’re working with P&P Builders to develop the Centurion site in St. Julians – previously known as The Centurion pub. The development includes planning for six apartments and four houses, with 12 parking bays. Work is expected to be completed by March 2020.
Our work on Caerau Road begins in Spring 2019 and is expected to last until April 2020. The completed development will be made up of six apartments over four stories.
Following the success of our Albany Chambers development, we have now secured planning permission in partnership with developers MVR Solutions for 15 affordable apartments on the site of the previous Arts College in Charles Street.
A former sheltered housing scheme, Longmeadow Court currently has five blocks of poor quality accommodation. We’re looking at how we can develop this site in partnership and consultation with the local community.