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March 2005
PLANS FOR TRANSFORMATION OF PONTYPOOL GATEWAY UNVEILED

South Wales developers Broadhall has developed Masterplan proposals for the transformation of Clarence Corner, at the southern gateway to Pontypool.

The exciting plans are based on the Clarence Corner Development Brief that was subject to extensive consultation and approved in 2003. They include a mix of high quality and well-designed residential buildings, commercial and leisure space, the creation of new offices and a car park facility.

The Masterplan is intended to complement the refurbishment and development of the Clarence Hotel where work has already commenced, and will be presented to the Torfaen Council Members, Pontypool Town counsellors from the Operation Group and landlords and tenants today (3 March 05) before submitting for an outline planning application.

Located alongside the A472 and adjoining the town centre, Clarence Corner is close to the new retail development at the Top Car Park Site, and as such, the Council has identified it as an opportunity for a further major expansion of the town centre.

Michael Davies, Broadhall, commented: “For many visitors to Pontypool, Clarence Corner provides their first impressions and undoubtedly, the area has been run down for some years. Developments elsewhere in the area indicate a new confidence in the town, and Broadhall are looking forward to working with Torfaen Council to improve the gateway and create a high quality and well designed development that the local community can be proud of.

“Great care and attention has been put into compiling the masterplan, including addressing current hot issues such as parking facilities. We are excited at the opportunity of turning this into a reality.”

Councillor Neil Lewis, Torfaen Council’s Executive Member for the Environment said: “This is an exciting time for Pontypool which has recently seen the opening of the Crane Street and Tesco retail developments. Clarence Corner is the main entrance to the town so we are confident it can attract major new investment. This is an important step forward in implementing the Torfaen Regeneration Strategy.”


Knight Frank and Hutchings & Thomas are joint letting agents for the Celtic Springs scheme.


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