Gwent

Gwent is a county found in the south of Wales. It borders Monmouthshire and Herefordshire to the east, Shropshire to the north-east, Powys to the north and Carmarthenshire to the west. Gwent is home to many attractions – from Cardiff Bay’s state-of-the-art business district with its iconic i360 tower, which provides panoramic views across Wales’ capital city, down through miles of sandy beaches on both sides of a dramatic coastline dotted with award-winning surf spots and some spectacular golf courses.

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Where is Gwent?

Gwent is a large county in the east of Wales. The population of Gwent, as recorded by the 2011 census, was 527,000 people living in an area of 1,025 km2 (403 sq mi). It borders England to its east and south with the Welsh counties of Powys and Monmouthshire helping to form its southern border.

Areas in Gwent

Gwent is a large county and as such, there are many different areas in which to live. Some of the more popular areas include:

Newport – Newport is the county town of Gwent and, as such, offers a wealth of amenities including shopping, restaurants and bars. It is also home to Newport railway station which provides links to other major Welsh towns and cities as well as London.

Cardiff – Cardiff is the capital of Wales and is located around 30 miles (48 km) from Newport. It offers all the amenities you would expect from a capital city, including great shopping, restaurants and nightlife.

Cwmbran – Cwmbran is located around 12 miles (19 km) south of Newport and is home to a number of large industrial estates. It offers good transport links to Cardiff and Bristol, as well as a range of amenities including shopping, restaurants and bars.

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Torfaen – Torfaen is located to the northeast of Newport and includes the towns of Cwmbran, Abergavenny and Pontypool. It offers good transport links to Cardiff and Bristol, as well as a range of amenities including shopping, restaurants and bars.

Universities in Gwent

There are three universities located in Gwent: University of South Wales (USW), Cardiff Metropolitan University (CMU) and Newport University.

University of South Wales – USW was formed in 2013 when the University of Wales, Newport merged with Gwent College of Higher Education (now part of Cardiff Metropolitan) and it is one of the largest universities in Wales.

Cardiff Metropolitan University – CMU offers a range of degree courses at both undergraduate level and postgraduate level including business studies, interior design and animation.

Newport University – NU is a university focusing on courses in business, design and the health sector. It also offers degree apprenticeships that combine studying with employment. In addition to these universities, there are numerous further education colleges located throughout Gwent.

Gwent countryside

Top Schools in Gwent

Gwent has a number of high-ranking schools including:

Monmouth School – is a co-educational independent day school for pupils aged 11 to 18. It was founded in 1541 by Henry VIII and is one of the oldest schools in Wales. It has a reputation for academic excellence, with many of its former pupils going on to study at Oxford and Cambridge.

Blaenau Gwent School – this school is located in the heart of Ebbw Vale and serves students from ages 11-18 years old. It has been awarded specialist sports college status and offers a range of sporting opportunities to its pupils.

Coedcae School – is an all boys’ comprehensive secondary school located in Caerphilly. The school has been awarded specialist status in both Technology and Sports.

Ysgol Gyfun Cwm Rhymni – this school is a Welsh-medium secondary school located in Risca. It serves students from ages 11-18 years old and has been awarded specialist status in both Welsh Medium Education and the Arts.

Population of Gwent

As of 2007, 560,500 people called Gwent home, mostly centred around Newport and Cardiff.

 

Reviews in Gwent

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Overall happy but disappointing aftercare

Review Date Aug 2021

Close to 2 large supermarkets, fast food chains and a walk away from town

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Overall happy with our development, we did find a lot of snagging which we would expect with new builds however we found the aftercare for the snags very slow and really quite disappointing. We had very few people come to fix our snags and it came with a long wait. We moved in December and have only now had a pot of paint for touch ups despite being told we would have this upon completion.

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That the help to buy scheme can’t go toward a deposit

How has the building management responded to any problems or issues you have raised:

We have had snags repaired but they came with a very long wait

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Recommend but brace.

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Review Date Jul 2021

All within walking distance. Bin collections are a nightmare every three weeks. Traffic noise isn’t too bad until someone rev’s their car etc.

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Usual snags which got resolved. Few issues with attitudes etc when dealing with certain people or issues.
Design of site and house is perfect, will be lovely when completed just no seems of respect from builders on site, walking around houses swearing and shouting etc.

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How deep to dig with finding snags.

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Started off good, but throughout the year became harder

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Amazing and the perfect home

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Review Date Jul 2021

Everything is amazing, there are shops within walking range and the people that live on the street are so kind and considerate

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The design of the homes are immaculate and everything I wanted in a home, it’s the perfect type of place. It’s cosy and perfect for my family and it would be perfect for anyone else that wanted to live here to. I’ve never felt as good as I do know living in this home

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There’s is nothing bad or anything I wish I had known

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They have been so amazing and helped with any problems we have had

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Lovely property but some suggestions for future development.

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Review Date Jul 2021

Convenient location for transport links to Cardiff as located close to bus stops served by main bus routes and train stations. Not far to major supermarkets (under 2 minutes drive). Not far from a beautiful local park (Bryn Bach), leisure centre and half an hours drive to some beautiful spots in the Brecon Beacons national park. Downside is being located close to KFC as the traffic for the drive through adds an inconvenience on occasion to access the site, however, there are rumours KFC is moving.

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Overall the development has been good. When snags needed sorting they came back with a little more persuasion required on one occasion. However we have sorted the small things out ourselves largely. The main thing was receiving updates from the sales advisors which was scarce and we mainly kept ourselves updated. Lovell’s site manager and customers services were receptive to our feedback and Lee (Site Manager) has been great including the lovely JCB driver currently working on the site.

House is design is good and revisions made were beneficial I.e moving door in lounge. However, we feel the front bedroom room sacrificed a little too much room for the en-suite.

However, the gardens could’ve been thought out more bad drainage put in as gardens were left as mud pits and we are putting in a considerable amount of groundwork (drainage and levelling) to make a lovely garden.

Furthermore when we were sold the property the garden was described as a “slight gradient”. However when James (technical manager) showed us around he told us a completely different story which led to the impression of a larger gradient and random useless steps. We had a bit of a stern discussion with lovell’s solicitors which didn’t get us far. However, When we had our predecoration tour we were happy to see the garden as described.

Driveways are long with three spaces and visitor parking opposite the will be useful. However a foot and a half wider would be nice as it can be tight if not parked up against the house.

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Enquire more information on the property management company and what to expect from their services. As we did during the buying process.

How has the building management responded to any problems or issues you have raised:

Luckily we are located opposite the site offices and Lee the site manager frequently chats and has been helpful when we have had issues or concerns.

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