Ken Skates AM, Secretary for the Economy and Infrastructure in the Welsh Government, has agreed that the original buildings at the University of South Wales campus in Caerleon should be listed by Cadw.
“I recognise the importance of this site and I am pleased to confirm that following careful consideration of a listing request submitted to Cadw earlier this year and a recent visit to the site by my officials, I feel that the former Caerleon Training College near Newport should be awarded listed status.
“I will now be seeking the views of the owner, the local planning authority and the Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments of Wales (RCAHMW) about possibly listing the main building, gate-houses and gate-piers at Caerleon College as buildings of special architectural and historic interest before making any final decision. Any listing would regulate the demolition of the building through a process known as listed building consent.”
Councillor Cliff Suller, on behalf of his fellow councillors in Caerleon has issued the following Statement.
“We welcome this news, and feel that it is a step in the right direction. We, along with others in the town, asked Mr Skates to take this action.Like many of our constituents we are deeply opposed to the University’s plans for any major redevelopment of this site on environmental grounds, and we also value the historic association between the town and the original college buildings. We look forward to the University’s response.”