Newport’s Loftus Garden Village named best New Development in Welsh Housing Awards

Loftus Garden Village –

an outstanding

neighbourhood transformed


which has a derelict

industrial site in the heart of Newport - has taken the New Development title at this year’s Welsh Housing Awards. Organised by Institute of

village-style green space, to so

that it brings the countryside into the city. Ranging from one-bedroom apartments family


the Chartered Housing Cymru,

the awards – presented at the Vale Hotel in Cardiff - honour Wales’ highest quality and most innovative housing schemes. ‘Hugely impressive’ The judging Newport’s

panel said modern site of the Pirelli Cable Factory: design of garden

village which is creating 250 Arts and Crafts-style homes on the

hugely impressive, self-funded development combines outstanding

and an

emphasis on nature with effective use of technology for enhanced safety and energy efficiency.” The landmark scheme is being delivered by a partnership of homes provider Pobl Group,

housebuilder Lovell

and Newport City Council. Featuring properties of exceptional build-quality and design, the development has been carefully landscaped with tree-lined roads and features such as

a central pond and 12 and

well as properties market and rent

with 19

available on a the

shared ownership as for social,

intermediate homes

development also

basis. Sixty per cent of homes at

cooperative are

affordable, making a significant contribution to cutting the local housing waiting list. Also notable is the fact that the affordable homes have been delivered using cross subsidy from the outright sale and shared ownership properties,

59 properties. The overall development is expected to be complete in summer 2018. Rhys Parry, Pobl director of development (east), says: “We are over the moon to have won this award for Loftus Garden Village.

Pobl’s vision

for Loftus Garden Village was to create an outstanding mixed tenure development where people would aspire to live, by transforming a run down area into what has now become one of the

Newport City Council, Lovell and the Welsh Assembly Government, so a big thank you to everybody involved in creating such a special place.” Kate Rees,

Lovell regional

managing director, says: “Our team are extremely proud to have had the opportunity to work alongside Pobl and Newport

help create this stunning new community.

City Council to Both its homes

for sale and the affordable properties have attracted

former “This

four-bedroom there

are homes for open market sale

with no requirement for social housing grant from the Welsh Government. The Lovell team has

so far

most desirable Newport.


work on 191 homes at Loftus Garden Village with work well under way on the remaining

postcodes in

“Congratulations must also go to our many partners. Loftus Garden Village is the result of over a decade of hard work and close

collaboration with

exceptional interest, with each phase of development quickly selling out, but this award also recognises that the scheme has been successful on a wide range of levels, from its imaginative village-style design to the focus on engaging and benefitting the local community.” Community involvement has been a key factor in the development

of history, naming the Garden

Village project with strong emphasis on celebrating the site’s

including the

in honour of Newport’s Ruby Loftus. Local resident

her job at

of the development Ruby

gained fame in the 1940s when she was painted by war artist Dame Laura Knight carrying out

the Royal

Ordnance factory which once stood on the housing site. Her story has been commemorated through a series of community projects linked to the housing scheme. The project team has also ensured benefits for current residents by creating employment

and training

opportunities for local people including 20 completions;

apprenticeship 121 work

experience placements (including placements for students from Coleg Gwent) and a number of jobs for local unemployed people.

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