Regeneration Programme

Multi-million pound Regeneration Programme for Port Talbot launched

The £25m housing led regeneration programme is underway with the start of construction on the first development at Green Park in Port Talbot.

Green Park Port Talbot

On site at Green Park in Port Talbot (L-R): Cllr Ali Thomas OBE, Leader of Neath Port Talbot Council; Gareth Davies, Director of Development, Coastal Housing; Stephen James, Site Manager, Wates Living Space; Gillian McGregor, Regeneration Manager, Welsh Government

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 three year programme for Port Talbot will transform the living and working environment of the town centre. It will link up with developments at Harbourside and Aberavon Seafront, and other regeneration activities that are underway in the Sandfields and Aberavon Communities First areas.

The Regeneration programme will deliver a transformed town centre with 140 new homes, 2,000 m2  of additional commercial space and environmental improvements to more than 350 residential properties.

A key aim of the Vibrant and Viable Places programme is to ensure that this investment will deliver 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 throughout the programme.

Ten projects will be delivered as part of the programme. In addition to the development at Green Park, there will be housing developments on the Port Talbot Police Station site and the Glanafan School site will also be redeveloped, once the new school is built in Baglan Bay.

Projects also include 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.

There will also be environmental schemes which will create new pedestrian and cycling linkages between the town centre and Green Park and Harbourside. In addition, a ‘Homes above Shops’ scheme will see under-utilised upper floors in Station Road converted into new apartments.

Launching the Programme in Port Talbot, Council Leader, Cllr Ali Thomas OBE, said: “I am pleased to announce that the Vibrant and Viable Places regeneration programme in Port Talbot is underway.  It is good news for the residents and businesses of Port Talbot and surrounding areas.

“This Regeneration programme 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.

“It 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 are working hard to make Welsh communities better places to live, work and visit and I’m delighted construction work on the first development at Green Park is underway.

“The multi-million pound regeneration of Port Talbot is set to have a transformative effect on the area. The programme will create a thriving, vibrant town centre with fantastic living and working facilities – I look forward to seeing the results of our continued investment in the area.”

For more information on regeneration in Neath Port Talbot visit www.npt.gov.uk/places