Consultation begins on future of former Caerleon campus

Proposed plans for future of Caerleon site. May 2017. Neil Gibson

Members of the public are being given another chance to voice their views on a planning application for the redevelopment of the former college site at Caerleon.   

A consultation on detailed plans runs from Monday, May 15. Residents will have the opportunity to comment on the proposals that will be submitted to Newport City Council after feedback from the 28-day consultation is considered.

The plans include protecting the original College building, giving it a sustainable future by converting it into flats. The site’s rugby pitch will be retained for community use, as will a large amount of open recreational space.

The main building will be the heart of the scheme and will continue to provide a visual landmark as part of the wider landscape.

The planning application includes:

  • Retaining open space and landscaping,
  • Keeping the key original heritage buildings: converting the old College Building into 42 flats; converting the T J Webley, Ty Hywel and Felthorpe House into six dwellings, and keeping the College Road gate piers;
  • 2,400m² of flexible business/non-residential space in the modern Kegie building;
  • Building up to 263 new houses at the site, substantially on the same footprint as former student halls and teaching buildings that will be removed to make way for new, lower-rise residences;
  • Retaining the existing rugby pitch;
  • Detailed expert surveys as part of the pre-planning process so that any effects on traffic, local services, and air quality can be assessed and if necessary mitigated.
  • The consultation documents are available to view on the website ( or at the security lodge at the entrance to the former campus site during normal working hours from Monday to Friday.

Proposed plan for the future of Caerleon site. May 2017.The proposed timescale for the development, based on a buyer being found and construction beginning in 2018, is for the works to be completed by 2025.

A University of South Wales (USW) spokesperson said: “The aim is for the development to provide both jobs and a long-term future benefit for the Caerleon community by providing housing for all ages, including young families, and space for businesses or public services.  

“Further public consultation is the next step in the process leading to the redevelopment of the site.

“We hope that the feedback will help inform the outline planning application so that the site has certainty and a secure future that benefits the community and retains the historic buildings.

“USW conducted a full-scale consultation with the community last year, and much of that feedback is reflected in this new planning application, informed by detailed expert environmental, transport and infrastructure surveys as part of the pre-planning process.

“Our commitment to a sustainable university across the region, including in Newport, is absolutely unchanged. We recognise the importance of the regeneration of the city to the future of the region, and we see the University as a huge part of that.”