St. Modwen’s Glan Llyn Eastern Sub-Area Masterplan has taken the top prize in this year’s RTPI Cymru Award for Planning Excellence.

Approved by Newport Council in February 2020, Glan Llyn Eastern Sub-Area masterplan is a 600-acre brownfield redevelopment which will transform part of the Llanwern steelworks site into a new neighbourhood for Newport, Wales.

On one of the largest brownfield redevelopment sites in the UK, the Eastern Sub-Area Masterplan unlocks the regeneration of over half the area at Glan Llyn and will provide a number of local facilities which aim to bring residents together and reinforce the feeling of community.

Sitting in a new green and blue grid of open space, lakes and water, the transformed area will include approximately 2700 new homes, a second primary school with sports pitches, and a leisure hub. A local centre will contain retail, community and health facilities for residents and the wider community.

The masterplan not only tackles the legacy of past industrial uses, it also introduces a comprehensive Sustainable Urban Drainage Scheme (SuDS) which incorporates greenways, blueways and lakes to manage flood risk, as well as creating a high quality environment for recreation, enjoyment and enhanced biodiversity across the site.

“The remediation strategy drove much of the masterplan by identifying green and blue waterways, and the significant biodiversity enhancement opportunities realised through SuDS and the landscape strategy. By overcoming the significant coastal and fluvial flooding challenges, a haven for wildlife will be created in this urban environment.” - RTPI Cymru judges’ presentation

The Glan Llyn Eastern Sub-Area masterplan will be automatically put forward for the RTPI National Awards for Planning Excellence in 2021.