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01/02/2019

Barratt buys large brownfield site for Chepstow housing

Words: Roger Milne
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The largest brownfield development site in Monmouthshire has been sold to Barratt Homes in a move set to boost Chepstow’s housing stock significantly.

The location has outline permission for up to 450 new homes. Barrratt is currently proposing to build 345 new properties.

Known locally as the ‘former Fairfield-Mabey factory’", the 18.2-hectare site is situated between the town centre and the River Wye. It was the Fairfield-Mabey factory from 1965 until 2009, and part of Fairfields Shipbuilding and Engineering Company from 1924 to 1965.

The deal was managed by property consultancy Savills. Gareth Carter, a director in the development team, said: “The site presented many challenges, including the removal of industrial buildings. In addition, site access was only possible via a tunnel below the main railway line, and with over a kilometre of frontage to the River Wye, there were some sensitive ecological issues to address.”

The location was also known as National Shipyard No1 in 1918 and was built up to manufacture and launch ships during the First World War and to manufacture landing craft during the Second World War. More recently the site has been used to produce bridge sections that were transported worldwide.

Steve Williams,Barratt Homes regional managing director, said: “We will now be working closely with the local council on detailed plans for the site… at the present time we plan to begin remediation work in the spring with construction due to begin in the summer.”

In a separate but related development the developer has joined forces with David Wilson Homes and is proposing a 200-home residential scheme at Bayfield on the outskirts of the town.

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