UK’s former Afan Lido site development plans secure clearance

WCN Editorial Team 2 Sep 2021 EUROPE BUILDINGS

Persimmon Homes West Wales has received conditional planning permission to build 137 homes on the site of the former Afan Lido Leisure Centre on the Aberavon Seafront, the UK.

The permission has been granted by the Planning Committee of Neath Port Talbot Council.

Located in beach front, the 3.1 hectare development will include two, three and four-bedroom houses along with a range of two-bedroom flats.

Officially opened by The Queen in the 1970s, the Afan Lido Leisure Centre was burned down by a fire in 2009. Since then, the prime site has been unused.

Persimmon Homes West Wales managing director Andy Edwards said: “The land has laid derelict since the fire 12 years ago and the re-location of the leisure centre. This will bring the area back into use and give people the opportunity to live in the town, many of which will be first time buyers.

“It’s an amazing location overlooking the seafront, which itself has seen significant investment in recent years.”

The firm plans to commence work on the site later this year, with the first occupations slated for next year.

Persimmon Homes expects the development to bring a ‘massive boost’ to the local economy through the construction industry.

Moreover, each home planned to be built is expected to create 1.5 full-time direct jobs, the firm noted.

Neath Port Talbot Council regeneration and sustainable development cabinet member Annette Wingrave said: “The development of the site for residential use will have the twin benefit of delivering much-needed new housing which will not only visually enhance this end of the seafront, it will also bring more people to live in the area, adding to its vitality and providing more footfall to existing businesses there.”

Persimmon Homes plans to commence work on the site later this year. Credit: Jason Goh/Pixabay.

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