Grillo site in Burry Port could be sold to housing developer

Grillo site in Burry Port could be sold to housing developer

A CHUNK of land by Burry Port harbour with outline planning permission for up to 320 homes could be sold by Carmarthenshire Council to a developer.

Executive board members are being recommended to dispose of the land, which comprises two adjacent plots owned by the council and the Welsh Government, when they meet on April 26.

The development of the land is considered a key part of a wider masterplan for Burry Port.

The larger of the two plots used to be occupied by the Grillo zinc oxide factory before it closed in 2006. A company called Castletown Estates Ltd gained outline consent in 2016 for up to 230 homes there, plus some retail and leisure space, but the scheme didn’t progress.

The council then agreed to buy the Grillo site for £2 million to help speed up its development.

The plan is for more housing on the adjacent plot, taking to the number of homes up to 320, with both sites served by a new road off the B4311.

The report before the executive board has recommended developing the land in partnership with a private company, with a minimum design standard set out beforehand.

The disposal would provide a capital receipt for the authority but would be done via an “open procurement procedure” rather than an open market sale.

There is also a smaller piece of land to the south of the two plots, close to the beach, where a further 40 homes could be built in a later phase.

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The executive report said a “creatively designed harbourside scheme” was the objective.

“Development proposals should have full regard to the site’s prominent position on the waterfront and must complement the current and proposed facilities within the harbour and Millennium Coastal Park,” it said.

Other elements of the Burry Port masterplan include employment units, and a commercial and leisure-led scheme.

Separately, a company called The Marine Group is to upgrade the 450-berth marina and revamp the historic marine house building.

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