Plans in for Port Talbot business park
Plans have been unveiled for the first phase of an office and light industrial development next to Port Talbot Parkway train station.
Guinevere Holdings, a subsidiary of property investment and development company Richard Hayward Properties (RHP), submitted the proposals to Neath Port Talbot Council.
The six-acre former factory site in Cramic Way has been opened up as a result of the completion of Harbour Way, the new A4241 Southern By-Pass, a direct dual carriageway link to the M4.
It is also near Port Talbot's train station which is currently undergoing a multimillion-pound improvement programme.
Subject to planning consent, phase one of the Cramic Way redevelopment will comprise more than 52,000 sq ft in three buildings, providing 27 units ranging from 1,250 sq ft to 3,000 sq ft, with parking for 110 cars.
The aim was to bring established businesses to the area and encourage a new generation of start-ups, as well as acting as a catalyst for further regeneration of the Port Talbot Docks area, according to RHP principal Richard Hayward.
He said: "This is a fantastic development opportunity benefitting from the new road link and other regeneration in the area, including the Justice Centre, the Harbourside Research & Development Campus and, most recently, the start of the station transformation. The project will serve to further enliven and boost Port Talbot's economy."
The developer hopes planning consent will be granted before the end of the year, with a start on site pencilled in for early 2015.
Commercial property consultancy Lambert Smith Hampton is acting as letting agent for the scheme. The three buildings have been designed by Cardiff-based architect Downs Merrifield.