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
- 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
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
- 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
- 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
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
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
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