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Brynmawr factory finally loses its fight for re-use

Brynmawr Rubber Factory looks to be finally doomed to demolition this week after developer David Mclean Developments submitted a detailed planning application for a £33 million replacement mixed-use scheme on the 24ha site.

Drawn up by architect Milsom Kane, the new 'Lakeside Park' scheme for the former Dunlop Semtec site at Brynmar, Newport, incorporates 270 homes, a retail park with food store, a leisure element including public house and fast-food restaurant, as well as new landscaping planting and extensive parking. But the famous acp factory, listed Grade II* but with listed- building consent to be pulled down, will finally be razed after decades of architectural attempts at re-use.

Milsom Kane partner Ken Kane said that the local authority has given up finding another use for the building. 'It's been controversial, but the controversy has been getting less. So many have tried, but it's not suitable for any use we can put it to.'

Subject to planning approval, work should start in the spring.

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