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
Current availability of industrial units
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
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
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 the
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 off'
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 period.
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 the
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
of payment are available?
- Direct Debit
- Debit Card
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
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
It is understood that each unit has electricity and water,
although interested parties should make their own enquiries as to
the units suitability.
Is storage allowed outside
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
What 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 your
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 contacting Richard Ford, 01639 686694
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