PEOPLE with learning difficulties will be helped to live independently at Llanelli’s former registry office after planning permission was given for the project.

Carmarthenshire Council acquired the Coleshill Terrace building and adjacent office building in 2018 and is behind the supported living accommodation scheme.

There will be two new units – one with four one-bedroom flats, with support available; the other a unit with four en-suite bedrooms, a communal lounge, kitchen, and space for a live-in support worker.

Rear extensions, two communal gardens and a conservatory will also be added as part of a £1.4m renovation.

Health, social care and housing staff will run the facility, which will be for adults with low to medium needs.

Planning officers imposed a number of conditions with the approval, including that the development can be used for supported living accommodation and no other purpose.

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A drainage scheme will also need to be approved before works start on site.

A Carmarthenshire Council spokeswoman said the aim was to start on site in December.

Llanelli councillor John Jenkins, whose Elli ward covers Coleshill Terrace, said he felt the project would fit in well with the community.

“It’s a development to be welcomed, and retention of a historic building in Llanelli,” he said.

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