WYG applies its multi-disciplinary capability in planning of new £200m town centre
7 March 2013
The next stage in progress towards a new shopping centre near Talbot Green, South Wales, which has been described as one of the biggest planning applications in the history of Rhondda Cynon Taf Council, is now underway following the Council’s resolution to approve outline planning permission at the end of last month.
The scheme builds on earlier work undertaken by WYG to secure a Local Development Plan allocation for 500 homes, 15 hectares of employment land and the new centre.
The £200m mixed-use scheme for client, Talbot Green Developments , has involved a cross-disciplinary approach involving WYG teams in delivering planning, environmental impact assessment (EIA) coordination, retail/leisure need, noise, air quality, lighting, ecology and archaeology related services, as well as early transport planning involvement.
The new town centre will include a Sainsbury’s supermarket with a net surface area of 80,000 sq ft, 280,000 sq ft (net) of other principally comparison (non food) retail floor space, 8 screen cinema, 80 bed hotel and 64 homes as well as office, community and food & drink facilities, supported by a significant highway infrastructure.
The proposal will see an area of 19 hectares regenerated, much of which is former industrial or commercial brown field land, including special provisions to protect the Pant Marsh ‘Site of Importance for Nature Conservation’. A full planning application for Phase 1 of the centre, which includes the Sainsbury’s supermarket, has also been prepared and submitted. This is due to be considered by the planning committee shortly.
The client’s spokesperson said: “We are extremely pleased with this outcome, which is a step forward towards increasing prosperity in the area and transforming it into an important hub for employment, shopping and leisure.
“During our consultation we were encouraged by the feedback from the people of Talbot Green, Pontyclun, Llantrisant and the surrounding areas, who expressed a strong appetite for the development, which will see substantial investment in the area and the creation of an estimated 1,900 jobs.”
One of the challenges faced during the consultation phase was to address local concerns over the impact of traffic: WYG predicts that the scheme will significantly reduce the outflow of retail expenditure from the area which, with the strategic highway improvements proposed as part of the development, will ease congestion in the locality.
Regional Director, Peter Waldren is looking forward to the next phase: “WYG will continue to support our client, working closely with well-known high street retailers, smaller specialist shops, and entertainment and leisure providers to demonstrate how each building will look and operate. We’re committed to consulting with the local community as we move forward. “
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Louise Gardner, PR and Communications Executive
WYG GROUP LTD
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