Glynneath Town Centre and Cwmgwrach Village Centre
The Council has recently adopted a regeneration strategy for Glynneath prepared by Powell Dobson Urbanists. A full version of the Glynneath Town Centre Regeneration Strategy can be viewed here.
The study was part funded with a grant from the Western Valleys Regeneration Area and was initiated following the identification of Glynneath as a key town in the Western Valleys. The strategy identifies a clear vision for the regeneration of the town provides a framework to take forward improvement and development projects.
The consultant held interactive workshops with key stakeholders in the community and held a public consultation exercise to identify the needs and aspirations of the local community.
As a result of the consultations and background research, a twofold vision has been identified for Glynneath:
- to establish Glynneath as a base for tourism, taking advantage of its proximity to the Brecon Beacons National Park and other attractions
- to develop Glynneath as a model sustainable town that offers a high quality of life. This element will draw together environment, community, energy, retail, employment and residential matters to fully realise the potential of the town
The following regeneration projects have been recommended by the consultants as key elements of the regeneration strategy for the town:
- Town Improvement Projects: physical regeneration projects for the town centre and gateways which will define the heart of the town and create a distinct sense of place. The aim of the regeneration actions is to create an attractive and vibrant town centre environment and a hub for visitors.
- Community Development Site: redevelopment of an area in the town, adjacent to the Welfare Grounds for residential use and community facilities.
- Business Workshops: extension of the fully occupied Glynneath Village Workshops complex to provide additional premises for community enterprises together with an enterprise centre to actively promote and support community enterprises.
- Park Avenue Development Site: development of the 25 acre site with residential and commercial potential to reinforce the role of Glynneath as a growth town in the Neath Valley and to enhance the sustainability of the community.
- Glynneath Business Park: development of the site for a Primary care centre, elderly care home, business and potentially some retail use. The further development of this site is essential to maximise employment and investment benefits for the communities.
The programme will be delivered in a phased manner as funding and development opportunities allow. Key to the success of the Strategy will be the coordination and delivery of the regeneration plan in partnership with the local community and stakeholder organisations.
In February 2014, Neath Port Talbot Council secured £360,000 to kick start the programme. The funding from the Welsh Government’s Western Valleys Regeneration Area initiative was used for the projects in and around the town centre:
- Glynneath town square enhancement works to improve the appearance and accessibility of the town centre.
- Acquisition and improvement of Riverside car park, a town centre car park at the bottom of Oddfellows Street.
- A study to identify options for the redevelopment of the Trem Y Glyn site.
The Council has worked with the Glynneath Regeneration Group to identify and develop these projects. The group brings together members from Neath Port Talbot Council, Glynneath Town Council, Blaengwrach Community Council and representatives from the voluntary and private sectors. The Group has been established to provide leadership and co-ordination for the delivery of the vision, objectives and actions of the Glynneath regeneration programme.
The Regeneration team manages a number of property grant schemes aimed at improving business premises in commercial areas. The emphasis of the initiatives is on encouraging business growth and new ventures, creating employment and enhancing the commercial environment through high standard property improvements. The grants will complement other work being undertaken to regenerate town centres.
Click here for further details on property grants.