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South Sebastopol

Land at South Sebastopol - Cwmbran - Torfaen

Taylor Wimpey submitted an outline planning application for South Sebastopol in January 2011. Welsh Government Ministers granted planning permission in January 2014 following an appeal. Taylor Wimpey have submitted a reserved matters planning applicaiton to the local planning authority for the first phase of development for 101 houses.

  • Overview

    In January 2011 an outline plannning application for:

    'Proposed residential development (1200 dwellings approximately) and ancillary retail and community development, landscaping and highway site at land west of Cwmbran Drive, South Sebastopol' was submitted for the site. Whilst this application was refused by Torfaen County Borough Council planning committee (against officer recommendation) it has subsquently been granted by Welsh Government Ministers via an appeal.

    Following the Public Inquiry, it was clear that some local residents had specific concerns in respect of the southern access (onto Lowlands Crescent) and the relationship of the proposed development with the canal. To address these concerns a new outline planning application was submitted to Torfaen Borough Council in July 2014, this application was approved at planning committee in October 2014.

  • About the site

    The site is located in Torfaen in south Wales approximately 20 miles from Cardiff. The site is situated with Sebastopol to the north and Cwmbran and Pontnewydd to the south. To the east lies Cwmbran Drive (A4051), to the west lies the ridge line of Mynydd Twynglas which rises to some 472m above ordnance datum (AOD).

    The site extends to approximately 100.6 hectares (249 acres) and occupies an area of sloping hillside. The site has undulating slopes, wooded areas, grassland, streams and the Brecon and Monmouthshire Canal runs north to south, roughly through the middle of the site.

    The site has various opportunities and constraints including:

    • Land is mainly undulating with some steeper slopes;
    • Key views from many areas of the site;
    • Areas of woodland, hedgerow and trees with local conservation interest;
    • The Brecon and Monmouthshire Canal and towpath which runs through the site;
    • The existing footways and Rights of Way on the site;
    • The two Sustrans cycle routes;
    • Existing farm houses and dwellings;
    • The existing communities of Sebastopol and Cwmbran and the potential to integrate with the new community of South Sebastopol.

    The site benefits from existing local services and facilities both to the north within the settlement of Sebastopol and to the south of the development within Cwmbran and Pontnewydd. The local services include education, leisure and retail facilities.



  • What's proposed

    The proposed development will be for approximately 1200 homes and ancillary retail and community development, landscaping and highways. The development will provide a mix of new facilities and will benefit from existing local services and facilities both to the north within the settlement of Sebastopol and to the south of the development.

    The development concept for South Sebastopol is to create five distinct character areas in the form of walkable neighbourhoods set within a network of Green Infrastructure. The overall masterplan effectively responds to and enhances the area's context by considering the following issues access and movement, green infrastructure, residential density and building heights.

    Site location plan

    Figure 2 - Proposed Masterplan


    2 Taylor Wimpey  South Sebastopol Sod Cutting

    A ground-breaking ceremony has been held to mark the beginning of works at Taylor Wimpey’s forthcoming South Sebastopol development near Cwmbran, paving the way for the first new homes to be released for sale in the coming months.


    The first turf was cut by Cllr Bob Wellington CBE, Leader of Torfaen County Borough Council, at a celebratory event held on Tuesday 12th April at the site, off Bevans Lane, Cwmbran, and attended by a host of VIPs.


    Following the ceremony, guests enjoyed refreshments and the chance to speak to staff from Taylor Wimpey South Wales and find out more about the leading housebuilder’s plans for this brand new mixed-use development, including 1,200 new homes.


    Reserved matters approval for the first phase of development at South Sebastopol, comprising 210 homes, was granted by Torfaen County Borough Council in January.


    Ben Thomas, South Sebastopol Project Manager for Taylor Wimpey, says: “The cutting of the first sod and the beginning of preliminary works at South Sebastopol signals another step forward for this prestigious new neighbourhood, and the first homes will be under construction very soon.


    “We were delighted to welcome Cllr Wellington CBE and other local dignitaries to this landmark event and were pleased to give them the chance to find out more about how the plans for our flagship development will come to fruition over the coming years.”


    South Sebastopol will deliver an integrated, sustainable and attractive new neighbourhood as the natural extension to Sebastopol and Cwmbran, set within attractive parkland around a picturesque stretch of the Monmouthshire and Brecon Canal.


    The development will include a proportion of affordable properties which will give local residents and key workers the opportunity to enjoy life in a brand new home within their own community, while Taylor Wimpey will be making significant financial contributions towards improving facilities in the local area.


    The overall masterplan for the development includes a village centre, sustainable transport links including a new bus route through the development, sports pitches and changing facilities, play areas, cycle and leisure trails and extensive areas of green open space, including woodland and conservation grassland.


  • Updates

    Taylor Wimpey submitted a joint reserved matters planning application with Barratt Homes in 2015 for the first phase of development for 101 houses.

    Torfaen County Borough Council approved this reserved matters application in January 2016.

    Infrastructure works started in April 2016.

    House building will commence in October 2016.