Saturday, January 28, 2023
£200 million regeneration plans for contaminated post-industrial site at Delta Lakes

£200 million regeneration plans for contaminated post-industrial site at Delta Lakes

THESE are the latest images of how the £200 million Llanelli Wellness and Life Science Village will look.

Ground investigation work at the Delta Lakes site is under way and Carmarthenshire Council chiefs say much of the project will be up and running by the end of 2021, as planned.

The wellness village will provide business, education, leisure and health facilities and will be funded by the council, the private sector, and the UK and Welsh Governments via the Swansea Bay City Deal.

The new images depict the first phase of the development, which comprises the community health and wellbeing hub – including a new leisure centre – together with walking and cycling paths, car parking and landscaping.

The facilities will be housed in five buildings up to three storeys high, linked by a street-style layout and connected by a large central atrium.

The street will also have exhibition space and other “breakout” areas across the lake and west to the Loughor Estuary and Carmarthen Bay.

Council leader Emlyn Dole said he was pleased to see ground workers on site.

Samples will be assessed and water and gases monitored on the whole of the Delta Lakes site.

Cllr Dole said: “I am also delighted to see these new design concepts which wholly demonstrates our aspiration to create a pioneering development which will promote health and wellbeing and benefit all generations not just in Llanelli and Carmarthenshire but across South West Wales as a whole.

“This first-of-its-kind project will regenerate a contaminated post-industrial site, bringing new opportunities for education, employment and leisure to the local community.”

The council has set aside capital funding for the new leisure centre, which will include an aquatic centre featuring an eight lane 25-metre swimming pool, a gym, sports hall, hydrotherapy pool, and climbing walls. Top-class diving facilities are also being explored.

The project will also create community health care facilities, life science-based research and business development, and nursing care and assisted living accommodation. A wellness hotel is also planned.

City deal chiefs expect the Llanelli Wellness and Life Science Village to create nearly 1,900 jobs and boost the local economy by £467 million.

Outline planning permission for the project cannot be granted though until the Welsh Government decides on its next steps following a number of call-in requests.

The council’s executive board agreed £600,000 of architect and design costs at a meeting this month, which can be recouped when central Government funding is released.

Council officers have been exploring ways of delivering the project after the executive board terminated a collaboration agreement with a private sector partner last December.

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