Full Planning permission will be sought this week to redevelop the former Taff Vale site, in another major milestone for the landmark regeneration project at the heart of Pontypridd.
And, the Council has now published a short fly-through video showcasing what the development will look like upon completion in 2019.
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 where a shopping centre – known locally as The Precinct – once stood. The Council has since announced a mixed-use, office-led project will be delivered there in three buildings.
In a major coup for the scheme in March 2017, Ken Skates AM, Cabinet Secretary for Economy and Infrastructure, announced the redevelopment will become the headquarters of Transport for Wales. A new 21st Century Library, Pontypridd One4aLL Centre and a new fitness facility will also move in.
In October 2016, the plans were granted outline planning permission, and in July 2017 the Council announced Willmot Dixon as the contractor to support delivery of the project, with construction starting in early 2018.
The recently-released video footage shows how the Taff Vale redevelopment will look upon completion, subject to planning permission.
Councillor Robert Bevan, Rhondda Cynon Taf Council’s Cabinet Member for Enterprise, Development and Housing, said: “The redevelopment of the Taff Vale site is a major priority for this Council, with its potential to deliver substantial economic benefits to Rhondda Cynon Taf and the wider City Deal region.
“The announcement that full planning permission will be sought next month is yet another important milestone for the project, following recent major steps such as site demolition and appointing a contractor to deliver the scheme.
“On top of that, the new fly-through visuals really bring the project to life, adding to the sense of excitement as the Council is delivering this long-term aspiration on a site of huge strategic importance.
“Work continues behind-the-scenes as the Council works closely with the contractor ahead of construction starting in early 2018. The redeveloped site will deliver job creation and transform Pontypridd’s commercial offer, building upon the opportunities offered by the South Wales Metro and the City Deal.”
The Council’s Planning & Development Committee will consider the detailed planning application for this new development on Thursday, September 7.
Posted on Wednesday 6th September 2017