People, Places, Business

Work starts on Green Park

Work starts on new housing development in Port Talbot

Site preparation works are underway at Green Park for the first of a number of housing led regeneration projects in Port Talbot.

Green Park Port Talbot

The £4.5m investment at Green Park will be delivered by Coastal Housing on behalf of Neath Port Talbot Council.

Earlier this year Neath Port Talbot Council secured funding from the Welsh Government’s Vibrant and Viable Places (VVP) programme to undertake a number of Regeneration projects in the town centre, working alongside key partners.

The investment at Green Park marks the start of a three year £25m housing led regeneration programme in Port Talbot which will deliver a transformed town centre with 140 new affordable homes, 2,000 m2  of additional commercial space and improvements to more than 350 residential properties.

Contractor Wates Living Space will build 34 affordable homes including houses, bungalows and flats in close proximity to the town centre, alongside the River Afan.

Construction is due to start in December and expected to be completed by November 2015.

In addition to VVP funding the project has also secured Social Housing Grant from the Welsh Government.

Other regeneration projects to be undertaken as part of the Vibrant and Viable Places Programme include Port Talbot Police Station and the ‘Homes above Shops’ scheme in lower Station Road.  The Glanafan School site will also be redeveloped, once the new school is built in Baglan Bay.

There are also proposals for an Employability Centre utilising the old Fire Station building in Water Street, a Centre for Culture and Arts based in the Plaza Cinema, and an integrated transport hub at Port Talbot Parkway which is currently undergoing a multi-million pound redevelopment.

The Vibrant and Viable Places programme will offer significant local employment, training and community benefits.  It is anticipated that training placements will be offered for apprentices and local jobseekers and temporary construction jobs will be created through the programme.

Welcoming the start of the work, Council Leader, Cllr Ali Thomas, said: “I am pleased to see that the work on first project at Green Park is underway.  It is good news for the residents and businesses of Port Talbot and surrounding areas.

“This Regeneration programme in Port Talbot will complement other recent successes such as the completion of Harbour Way, the first phase of the town’s Harbourside quarter and the redevelopment of the Parkway station.

“The Vibrant and Viable Places Programme will bring about a genuine transformation of the town, ensuring Port Talbot plays a major role in the future of the Swansea Bay City Region”.

Minister for Communities and Tackling Poverty, Lesley Griffiths, said:

“We want communities across Wales to be vibrant, viable places to live, work and socialise. Ensuring high quality, safe and affordable housing is available is central to this.

“I’m delighted the Welsh Government has been able to make a multi-million pound investment in Green Park. The start of works is a key milestone. Once finished, the project will make a significant contribution to the wider regeneration of Port Talbot, which is set to have a transformative effect on the area.”

Gareth Davies, Coastal Housing’s Development Director said, “We are committed to the ongoing regeneration of Neath and Port Talbot and were delighted to be chosen by Neath Port Talbot CBC as one of their preferred developers for the Vibrant and Viable Places programme.

“Through working in close partnership with Neath Port Talbot CBC we aim to play our part in growing and sustaining the local economy and delivering the shared vision for more attractive and prosperous communities in both towns.

“We are pleased that work is now underway on our Green Park development which, with a total of 34 houses and apartments, is an exciting scheme for Port Talbot that will provide high quality affordable homes for families in the area.

“Following on from a number of other schemes we have completed in Neath Port Talbot including Customs House and Jubilee Court we hope Green Park will be just as well received.”