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.