On this page we display your comments and opinions and also we invite readers to post their views about this development and related matters.
We start with comments added to this site in recent weeks, then have a section containing selected comments from the petition.
Finally you can add your own comments at the end – or click this link to go straight there.
Recent Comments on this Website.
21st April 2015 at 6:23 am
In my experience, developers almost always ask for more than they expect to get, wear out the opposition, then accept something like half of the starting number, so do bear this tactic in mind. Would the campaigners accept 14 houses, the figure mentioned as possible by an inspector? What proportion should be social housing?
21st April 2015 at 8:32 am
The planning authority should ONLY consider Brown Field sights for further development . This is , yet again, a travesty of protection of areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty.
24th April 2015 at 12:46 pm
Another concern for me is the potential impact on the little brook Afon Ysgolheigion. A footpath is planned to exit the development onto Goat street and a footpath will have to be built on the east side of this very beautiful stream. I know this is a small issue compared to the ones listed above, but I don’t understand the needless destruction of vegetation in this brook.
Good luck team
26th April 2015 at 8:46 am
Newport is full of holiday homes, local youngsters stand no chance of getting on the housing ladder as they can’t compete with “outsiders” coming in and buying second homes. If they work in or around Newport the chance of finding an affordable house to rent let alone buy is impossible. When you can get £350 plus a week renting a house for holiday makers , youngsters stand no chance. In my opinion if houses are going up 75% should be affordable and youngsters helped to live and work locally. Knowing the area it’s far to big a development anyway….in the summer it’s gridlocked with cars trying to pass and visitors who come to Newport to get away from traffic jams and being packed in like sardines will get fed up trying to get along packed lanes, having no where to park and the beautiful countryside they’ve come to see covered with another exclusive housing estate .
gwenda joyce jones
26th April 2015 at 1:28 pm
this will spoil the area and the community
29th April 2015 at 2:15 pm
Very well put – it really is that simple. Let us not be distracted by the “affordable homes” argument. This is not some act of altruism borne out of a recognition for the plight of the masses by a few beneficent individuals. This is a scheme to benefit a few individuals at the expense of a whole community.
26th April 2015 at 5:14 pm
I can’t imagine the congestion during the Summer period, which is already bedlam as it is due to narrow roads and lanes. Market St would be insufferable and the adverse effects in whole, is difficult to fathom.
30th April 2015 at 9:38 am
Personally, I can’t wait for these houses to be built as I have lived in Newport most of my life and worked in Pembrokeshire since I left school but I have never been able to afford to buy my own house here as the ones that have been for sale have been snapped up as holiday or retirement homes. Time for us Welsh people to reclaim our town!
30th April 2015 at 4:29 pm
The Group is all for affordable housing to buy and rent in Newport. The information provided on this site and documentation which has been submitted as part of this campaign, has supported housing for local people, particularly young people. We have also stated that we are not happy that the percentage of affordable housing, has been reduced on this application from 70% as promised in the 2010 development plan, to 40%, while the open market housing has been greatly increased. We would like to see plans put in place to ensure suitable sites within Newport are provided for majority affordable homes; but we do not support an application which purports to provide houses for local people, but in reality is an estate of open market houses, with the affordable/social housing alienated on a small section of the estate. The application is contrary to the Local Development Plan, which allowed this site to be included in order to address the local housing needed. This application does not address that need. As a Welsh born person, who has lived here for nearly 50 years, and learned Welsh, any suggestions that the objectors to this proposal are only non-Welsh in-comers is completely untrue.
Selected Comments from our petition
Mr Clive Baker
This is a National Park – isn’t that supposed to mean planning is extremely restricted? We want the area to continue to be an attraction for locals and holidays makers. We can see plenty of new housing estates in Milton Keynes where we live!
In my opinion the developer has instructed the agent to produce a scheme that far exceeds the amount outlined in the LDP document cramming the maximum number of units into a medium site, the only people to gain are the developers as Newport is natourious for very high housing prices. Although there are 13 affordable units within the proposal these will be out of the reach of local people on local wages and why produce a plan that segrigates people who are on lower wages by placing the affordable units in one corner of the site this is contary to policy and causes social unrest. In my opinion these types of units should be mixed within the development to aid social inclusion.
Ms Sue Carver
I fully support the objections raised by the BDOP. In addition, the proposed development is grossly out of scale in such a sensitive location, praised for “The importance of the overlapping effect of trees, woodland and hedgebanks” that “create the feel of a town in a woodland when viewed from the north east across the estuary – a unique feature in the coastal context of this part of the National Park.”
(Source: Pembrokeshire Coast National Park — planning guidelines)
Ms Mandie Colman
this hideous plan is a total blot on the landscape.
Mr David Hunter
I object to this development in its entirety. It is in the wrong location. It destroys the setting of the Landscape of Historic Interest recognised in the National Park Plan.
It creates a “native reservation” of affordable housing trapped st one corner of the site where there are existing brownfiled sites in Newport and sites closer to the village school and other amenities that would not require families to cross the main road. indeed it does not address the core issues Newport has as identified in the local plan as it is a commercially driven development.
Mrs Janet Lochery
Out of character with the rest of Newport . Traffic problems , and maintenance of the National Park will suffer
Mr Robbie Manson
Unlike as with the Bettws Newydd debacle, the Members of the National Park Authority still have time, this time around, to avoid betraying the good folk of Newport again. They are watching.
Ms Ros McGarry
This development will ruin Newport if it is allowed to go ahead. It is contrary to the Local Development Plan. The number of housing is 2/3 more than put into the plan. The narrow lanes around the site will not cope with the extra 50+car it will create and will have a knock-on effect in town. The site abuts the conservation area and the church and castle. Newport as we know it will never be the same again.
As someone who was brought up and raised in Newport and continues to visit on a regular basis, I am deeply concerned about the impact this new development will have on what has to be one of the finest seaside villages Pembrokeshire has to offer. My fear is that the negative impacts will be substantial and the changes irreversible. I would urge the National Park Planning Authority to reject this application as it clearly contradicts earlier promises made on maximum development size.
I am particularly concerned that this proposed dense housing estate
1. will further extend the built boundary of Newport
2. will spoil the view from Newport up Carningli and from Carningli down to Newport
3. will grossly exceed the number of properties for which any original planning permission may have been granted
4. will place unacceptable pressure on approach roads which cannot be widened
5. will place an artificial barrier between affordable and unaffordable housing
6. will exceed the capacity of the available sewer drainage
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