PLANS for a long-awaited police and custody suite near Llanelli have taken a step forward.

Dyfed-Powys Police wants to build the new facility on land west of Heol Aur, Dafen, and held a virtual public consultation with people in the area on May 27.

Last year, the force’s police and crime commissioner Dafydd Llywelyn approved a decision to pursue the purchase of the Welsh Government-owned site, valued at £375,000.

Planning documents are available via consultants Asbri Planning as part of a public consultation until June 25.

Mr Llywelyn said: “This is a major investment for us which will see an ambitious, modern, sustainable, fit-for-purpose policing hub and custody suite that will meet the needs and expectations of modern policing.”

Planning permission will be needed from Carmarthenshire Council.

Dyfed-Powys Police’s lead on the project, chief inspector Richard Hopkin, said: “This (new) build will not replace the existing presence of our neighbourhood team in Llanelli town centre, but will enhance the service across the town and the wider communities.”

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According to planning documents, the new building will have 18 cells, plus interview rooms, virtual court facilities, 141 parking spaces, electric car charging points and solar panels.

It will be open 24/7, employ around 180 staff, and replace custody suites in Llanelli and Ammanford, although custody capacity will be retained as and when and required at Ammanford.

It is expected to cost £12 million to £15 million.

A transport statement submitted as part of the planning documents said the traffic impact would equate to less than one additional vehicle per minute at the nearby Industrial Park roundabout.

“This level of traffic increase would not be noticeable against daily fluctuations in background traffic and therefore the impact is not considered to be significant,” it said.

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