Barry Island redevelopment proposals puzzle council planners
Council chiefs are "puzzled" that the first phase of the redevelopment of a South Wales seaside attraction, which featured in TV comedy Gavin and Stacey, is predominantly for housing.
The owner of the derelict Barry Island Pleasure Park, Barry Island Property Company, unveiled plans this week for a multimillion-pound development on the site, which includes apartments and a fairground.
The Vale of Glamorgan Council has been working with the current owner of the funfair site and a potential new investor to help bring a fairground back to Barry Island.
Rob Thomas, director of development services at the local authority, said: "Whilst it is pleasing to at long last see progress being made, it is puzzling that the first phase of the redevelopment of the site is predominantly for housing.
"The Vale Council's goal is to see the site fulfil its potential as a major attraction on Barry Island. We have always acknowledged that a small amount of housing may be appropriate to assist in redeveloping the majority of the site for leisure purposes.
"However, as we know that the owners are in discussions with a leisure operator whose desire to develop the site has been made clear, we were extremely surprised to see a proposal for housing submitted in advance of wider plans for the fairground site."
Lis Burnett, cabinet member for regeneration, welcomed the news that an agreement with a potential investor was close.
"For some time we have been justifiably concerned at the condition of the site," she added. "The manner in which it has been allowed to fall into disrepair in recent years has been in stark contrast to the council's investment in the beach area and the eastern promenade and shelter.
"Given the lack of progress over recent years and the manner in which the current owners have allowed the site to decay into an eyesore, the council greatly hopes that they can secure this interest so the site can be brought back into beneficial use for the town."