Planning application approved for a vibrant community development and care home at Crick Road

Monmouthshire County Council’s planning committee has approved planning applications for the construction of 269 homes (68 affordable housing including 7 bungalows) and a care home ­at Crick Road. Monmouthshire County Council and Melin have worked in partnership to deliver this ambitious project to this stage. 

This approval is the first step towards building a site that will be a sustainable place for people to live and work in and improves the well-being of communities, both within the site and beyond to the communities of Portskewett and Caldicot. Key elements include: 

Beautiful homes – excellent design and quality construction will be central to this new development.

Dementia friendly environment – the 32 bed care home is based on the creation of a dementia friendly environment featuring individual ‘houses’, centred in a beautifully designed dementia-friendly courtyard garden. This is further integrated in the distinctiveness, familiarity and legibility of a high quality residential space that is connected so everyone in the community can benefit.·       

Green Infrastructure – green spaces are featured throughout, incorporating a community growing area, retention of protected habitats with opportunities for outdoor play. There are walks interspersed with benches, play areas, and walking routes beyond the site. ·       

Pedestrian footways – link the site so people can walk safely to the existing residential area to the south and the schools and amenities in Portskewett. A new footpath has been included alongside the B4245 to link with Caldicot and the employment areas to the west. 

Road layout – has been further improved to ensure safe and convenient movement across the site for everyone in the community. Where possible, within each development area the roads will have a design speed of 20 mph or less, providing streets that can be safely shared by pedestrians, cyclists and cars.  Cllr Bob Greenland, Cabinet Member for Enterprise and Land Use Planning said: “I would like to thank our partners in Melin and colleagues in Monmouthshire County Council for delivering this aspirational project to this stage. A range of teams including development management, green infrastructure, ecology and highway engineers have worked directly with the developers and architects to deliver plans for a high quality development and public spaces that promote prosperity, health, happiness and well-being for everyone.” 

Adrian Huckin Executive Director of Innovation and Culture at Melin Homes added: “The approval today is the first step towards making this build a reality. The excellent design and quality construction of the site will help to build an inclusive community as well as new homes. We look forward to continuing to work with Monmouthshire Council to make this happen.