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Rheola Estate

Regeneration Plans for Rheola Estate

Councillors are to consider proposals for the future of the Rheola Estate in the Neath Valley.

Rheola Estate Regeneration Plans

The proposals are part of a masterplan drawn up between Neath Port Talbot Council and the estate's owner following consultation with the Welsh Assembly and Cadw.

The planning application has been submitted and includes a residential development on part of the estate to raise some of the funding needed to take the leisure and tourism plan forward.

There are proposals for holiday log cabins to be located on the estate along with a leisure complex which would include a swimming pool, spa, gym, restaurant, bar and shop, for use by tourists staying at Rheola and for the wider public.

A planning application has already been submitted previously to relocate the market to the former TRW site.

The Rheola Estate is on the outskirts of Resolven in an area that is included in the Council's plans for the regeneration of the Neath Valley. With the Waterfall Country nearby, the area is well visited by tourists and the development fits into the Council's tourism and leisure strategy.

Head of Regeneration, Gareth Nutt, said, "There has been interest shown by industrialists to develop the site but the Council sees the future regeneration of the Estate and this part of the valley focussing on tourism and leisure.

"This is a beautiful part of the Neath Valley and this masterplan will act as a catalyst to bring forward the Council's aspirations for the valley."


The 95 acre site includes the original Rheola house designed by Regency architect John Nash in 1809. Experts place the estate as one of the top five most important John Nash projects in Britain.

The estate now has an industrial heritage following the building of a munitions factory on the land in 1939. It is currently used as a weekly indoor market.