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Plan for new Welsh language nursery in Rogerstone, Newport, approved

Wern Business Centre

A NEW Welsh-language nursery has been approved for Wern Business Centre in Rogerstone.

Plans for Wibli Wobli Nursery were re-submitted on February 8, following an initial refusal due to to safety concerns.

Newport City Council’s planning department stated the site would not have “suitable and safe access arrangements” for children, due to the area being used by Heavy Goods Vehicles (HGV).

As a result, the applicant “totally separated” the parking from the nursery.

The design and access statement reads: “All new movements will be via a dedicated access road, with dedicated parking and no cross over between commercial and children.

“The parking relating to the nursery will enter in a forward gear and leave in a forward gear and have parking and turning to the highways for Wales standards. The drop off/pick up/ short stay is self contained. The staff car park is separate and will remain with Wern House.”

A condition of the permission states the parking area, access, bollards and fencing are to be finished before the nursery opens.

The office block will have a capacity of 50 children at one time and the design and access statements said there is “no history of problems”.

The nursery is proposed to be open from 7.30am until 6pm, Monday to Friday, and employ ten members of staff.