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Work to lay new cables in Newport industrial estate could cause months of roadworks

Vantage Data Centres in Newport (Pic: Google)

WORK to lay new electrical cables in a Newport industrial estate could cause up to four months of disruption.

The city council’s planning committee has unanimously approved the laying of 1.5 kilometres of underground cables at the Celtic Technology Centre, near Duffryn.

At a meeting on Wednesday (December 6), planning officer Grant Hawkins told the committee the cables would serve a data centre following an “increase in demand for power”.

A nearby substation will soon “reach capacity”, he added.

The applicant, Vantage Data Centres, will carry out the works along the carriageway of Dyffryn Lane and Celtic Way in 30-metre sections, laying the cable in a trench, which will then be backfilled before workers move onto the next section.

The planning committee was reminded the site was close to reens belonging to the protected Gwent Levels area, but council documents show planning officers were “generally satisfied” with the applicant’s details of pollution prevention.

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