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Rhondda Cynon Taf Council is delighted to announce its flagship Taff Vale regeneration project in Pontypridd has been granted full planning permission.

The Council’s Planning & Development Committee approved the application on Thursday, September 7, for the redevelopment of the former Taff Vale Shopping Centre site. It represents a major landmark for the flagship project, allowing the Council to provide 14,693sq/m of floorspace in an office-led, mixed-use development in three distinctive buildings.

The Local Authority became the Taff Vale site’s outright owner in April 2015, following a number of failed projects from the private sector to rejuvenate the area. The Council has since completed site demolition and appointed Willmot Dixon as the contractor to support delivery of the project.

The development will become the base for South Wales Metro operator Transport for Wales, alongside a new 21st Century Library, a customer Council contact point and a new fitness facility.

Building A (nearest Gas Road Car Park) and Building B (the centre of the three buildings) will incorporate the major office floorspace, whilst Building C (nearest Bridge Street) will be a gateway building to Pontypridd, and will include the new library, a Council customer contact point for advice and support, a cafe, meeting rooms, community facilities and the new leisure and fitness centre.

A space of 14m will be retained between each building to provide public access, circulation space and to open up views of the river and Ynysangharad Park from Taff Street. The plans include three distinct ‘viewing platforms’ which will project out over the riverbank.

Construction is on course to begin in early 2018, and the scheme will be completed during 2019. The Council has recently released video footage showing how the redevelopment will look upon completion.

Councillor Robert Bevan, Rhondda Cynon Taf Council’s Cabinet Member for Enterprise, Development and Housing, said: “The granting of planning permission for the Council’s flagship Taff Vale regeneration project is a huge milestone, and sends a clear message that this development, on a strategic site in the heart of Pontypridd, is going to be delivered by the Council.

“The scheme will bring jobs to Pontypridd, and has the potential to deliver increased footfall in the town centre – giving a significant boost to existing businesses, and the prospect of attracting more trade and visitors to the area.

“Alongside the major plans to revitalise the YMCA a stone’s throw away, the Taff Vale regeneration will bring a new vibrancy to Pontypridd. These two projects in such close proximity make for exciting times in the local area.

“This priority project continues to gather pace following site demolition, the appointment of a contractor and now full planning permission granted. Work continues to progress ahead of the start of construction in early 2018.”

Posted on Friday 8th September 2017

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