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