Mamhilad Urban Village

RPS has provided advice on this mainly brownfield site, which contains the largest listed building (Grade II*) in Wales, for 12 years. We produced a masterplan and Strategic Environmental Assessment and secured its allocation as a Strategic Action Area in the Torfaen Local Development Plan. Subsequently, we have been part of a Project Delivery Group with the Council focused on delivery of a sustainable urban village at the site.

Project timeline

  • 2007

    Start date

  • 2013

    December - allocation of the site as a Strategic Action Area in the Local Development Plan 

  • 2017

    June - submission of planning application 

  • 2019

    Summer - planning application due to be determined

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2007

Start date

2013

December - allocation of the site as a Strategic Action Area in the Local Development Plan 

2017

June - submission of planning application 

2019

Summer - planning application due to be determined

Key details

Project name
Mamhilad Urban Village

Client
Johnsey Estates (UK) Ltd

Location
Pontypool, Torfaen

Services provided

  • Planning
  • Masterplanning
  • Ecology
  • Noise

Challenge

The site contains the largest listed building in Wales, with the former Nylon Spinners factory comprising approximately 1.15 million ft2 of floorspace. The site is adjacent to the Brecon Beacons National Park and the Monmouthshire and Brecon Canal. 

The original masterplan and the development plan allocation envisaged the inclusion of 26 hectares of adjacent greenfield land under separate ownership. However, because this land has not been brought forward by the owner, RPS had to ensure that the full benefits of the proposed sustainable urban village and associated facilities can be adequately brought forward on our client’s land alone.

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Solution

RPS project-managed a multi-discipline team and submitted planning and Listed Building Consent applications which included production of an Environmental Impact Assessment. The development comprises up to 900 dwellings, retention of employment and other uses, a primary school, neighbourhood centre, access, landscaping, open space and associated infrastructure. 

RPS has also obtained consent for minor works to the listed building, changes of use within existing buildings, prior approval for the demolition of the former Parke-Davies offices and for roadside signage on the site. 

We have taken great care to ensure the proposed development will deliver the aspirations of the development plan allocation by providing a new community that responds to sustainable objectives, supports the delivery of the necessary facilities and integrates into the rich industrial setting and surrounding landscape. It was also very important to manage and, where possible, seek to enhance the heritage, ecological and waterscape features of the site.

This has been achieved by regular liaison with the council both prior to and following submission of the applications as well as maintaining dialogue with statutory consultees and stakeholders such as Dwr Cymru Welsh Water, Cadw, the Welsh Government Transport Division and the Canals and Rivers Trust. In addition, two presentations were made to the Design Commission for Wales prior to the applications being submitted. 

Project statistics

52.3
hectare site
1.65 milionft2
built development
900
dwellings

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