The Estates and Valuation section within the
Environment Directorate manages the industrial starter units that
Neath Port Talbot County Borough Council has available.
There are ten industrial estates (see menu on the left) with
approximately 220 units throughout the county borough available to
starter businesses. Units/offices range in size from 13.94 sq
metres (150ft) to 464.52 sq metres (5,000ft) which cater for a wide
range of commercial uses, however under planning regulations no
retail is permitted.
estates on interactive map.
Frequently Asked Questions
Who can apply?
The industrial units are provided to assist businesses and
therefore the local economy in their areas. Accordingly
applications will not be considered from individuals wishing to use
them for their own private use e.g. storage of household items.
How can I view a property?
First of all we recommend that you visit the property to ensure
that the location would be suitable for your business.
Before an appointment can be made for an internal viewing of a
property, new businesses need to provide a business plan of their
intended venture. Established businesses need to provide a letter
on intention, outlining as much information about the business,
i.e. how many jobs will be created? What experience you have? How
long in business? Etc.
Applications or enquiries will be received by e-mail in writing
or complete our Contact us form
How much are the business rates?
You will be responsible for paying business rates
separately to the Council. You can ascertain the Rate on the
Valuation Office Agency's website or by contacting the
Council's Non-Domestic Rates Section on 01639 764328
there Business Advice Available?
The Authority is able to provide professional business advice to prospective tenants such as
finance, grants etc. please contact our Economic Development Unit
on 01639 686835.
Will my rent go up during
Your lease will specify when the rent will be reviewed. This
usually means that the rent will increase to reflect any increases
in market rents for similar properties. In some cases, the increase
is a fixed sum agreed when the lease was first granted. It is
important to check your lease to be sure whether there will be a
rent review and, if so, how the new rent will be decided. The rent
payable under a tenancy will normally be reviewed by written notice
or a notice to terminate the tenancy with the offer of a new
tenancy, at a new rent. The length of notice which must be given
should be stated in your tenancy agreement.
What happens if I
don't pay my rent on time?
We expect our tenants to pay rent and service charges on time. If
an account falls into arrears, it is likely that the Council will
charge interest in accordance with the terms of the lease. It may
be necessary for bailiffs to be instructed to collect the amount
owed and payment of their costs.
This procedure involves extra expense for the tenant, so it is
in your interests to make payment you will save money if you pay
the rent when due.
If you are having problems paying on time, it is important that
you inform us of the reasons as soon as possible. Then we may be
able to discuss a way forward and offer a solution.
Is there a 'cooling
Once the tenancy agreement has been signed you are legally bound by
your specific agreement. If you wish to terminate your agreement,
this document will state the required notice period.
What happens when
my lease comes to an end?
This is a complicated subject on
which you should get advice from a Solicitor or a Chartered
Surveyor experienced in commercial property management. Although
the length of the lease may seem to be clear, the law says that in
some circumstances a lease will continue unless the landlord or the
tenant takes specific action to bring it to an end by the service
of written notice in the prescribed form and for the correct
You should not assume you can merely vacate the property at the
end of the lease, as you will continue to be liable for rent if you
haven't given proper written notice.
How do I change
If you are already a tenant, the Council as your landlord and owner
must agree to the change of use specified in your
lease or tenancy in writing. You will have to pay the costs of this
and must make an application by e-mail or letter to the Estates
& Valuation Section.
You may also have to make an application for planning permission
to change the use and pay the appropriate fee. The Planning
Department will advise you whether planning permission is required
and the amount of the fee. They can be contacted by telephoning
The Council's tenancy or lease requires that tenants comply with
the use specified in the tenancy or lease.
What are the
It is wise to remember, that as a commercial tenant, you will be
liable for a number of accommodation related costs which are above
the normal day to day running expenses.
Typically the following costs may also apply:
Rent / Licence Fee
You will be responsible to pay the Council
rent for the premises you are occupying. All rental payments are
due as stated in your lease or tenancy agreement and are normally
payable monthly in advance. Payment is usually by direct debit.
The Council insures the premises, the premium being recharged to
the tenant. However, it is your responsibility to satisfy yourself
as to the extent of cover, to obtain additional cover if required
and to obtain contents insurance.
Normally apply to commercial premises. If they apply they will be
detailed within your lease and could cover services such as
repairs, cleaning, security etc.
Legal and Surveyors Fees
You will be required to meet the Council's costs with regard to
preparing your lease and any consents or licences that may be
needed during the time of your tenancy. These are one off costs and
are chargeable on an as and when required basis. You may also be
responsible for paying the Council's legal fees should you breach
the terms and conditions of your tenancy that requires action to be
taken by the Council. Currently the initial Surveyor & Legal
fees for preparing your tenancy is £250 and will be required when
you accept the Heads of Terms that are sent to you.
methods of payment are available
However on completion of your tenancy agreement the Council will
ONLY accept cash or a banker's draft, for the
deposit the first months rent and the annual building insurance
maintenance will YOU be responsible for?
Again this will depend on the specific clauses in
your Tenancy Agreement. However On the majority of the estates the
tenant will be responsible for the internal aspect of the premises
including the roller shutter door, windows and doors. Otherwise the
Council will maintain the external fabrication of the premises and
the surrounding area including the estate sign.
What services do
the premises have?
It is understood that each unit has electricity and water, although
interested parties should make their own enquiries as to the units
Is storage allowed
outside the premises?
Again this will depend on the specific clauses in your Tenancy
Agreement. However External storage is strictly prohibited at each
of the Estates, unless the unit has a compound. Action will be
taken by the Council should a tenant fail to comply with this
Application Form References are required?
For applications to rent property you will need to supply a bank
reference and two trade or character references. We will send you
an application and reference form to complete and return. Some
Financial institutions charge for this service however this is
included in the fees you pay.
Although the Council is landlord, it is separate and
independent from its role as Planning Authority. Whilst the
landlord may indicate approval to a particular trade, this does not
mean that you have planning permission to commence that trade. You
are required to make your own enquiries as to the suitability of
How to Contact
Please complete our Contact Form. Please
allow 48hrs for reply before contacting the following Estates
Officers in the Estates & Valuation Section, by telephoning
Port Talbot - Tim Johns 01639 686979
Neath & Swansea Valley - Nathan Davies 01639 686987
It will help us if you include in your enquiry your telephone or
mobile phone number and your full postal address. If your enquiry
is about a specific property it will help us if you are able to
describe it by the postal address or in relation to the property
next door to it.
Disclaimer – Neath Port Talbot County Borough
Council have made every attempt to ensure that the information
provided on these web pages are correct. The particulars displayed
do not constitute an offer or any part of an offer. Prospective
tenants should satisfy themselves of the accuracy of the