Long-awaited de­vel­op­ment to bring ‘new lease of life’ to area

Glamorgan Gazette - - News - ABBY BOLTER abby.bolter@waleson­line.co.uk

A DERELICT build­ing on a main shop­ping street is fi­nally set to be de­mol­ished to make way for a new de­vel­op­ment.

The build­ing on Nolton Street in Brid­gend has stood empty since 2006 when the McDon­ald’s restau­rant which oc­cu­pied the ground floor closed down.

Now Coastal Hous­ing Group, which is also build­ing the apart­ments above the new Rhiw car park, is plan­ning to re­place it with a three-storey build­ing.

The planned de­vel­op­ment will in­cor­po­rate two ground floor com­mer­cial units, with eight one-bed flats and two, two-bed flats on the up­per two floors.

Swansea-based Coastal said the ex­ter­nal fa­cade of the build­ing has been de- signed to com­ple­ment the rest of the build­ings in the street.

Stephanie Radford, project man­ager at Coastal Hous­ing Group said: “The de­mo­li­tion of the for­mer McDon­ald’s restau­rant on Nolton St will make way for new, qual­ity apart­ments and com­mer­cial units, ben­e­fit­ing both res­i­dents and busi­nesses in Brid­gend.

“This is Coastal’s sec­ond de­vel­op­ment in Brid­gend, fol­low­ing The Rhiw site which is due for com­ple­tion later this year.

“It’s an area of south Wales that Coastal is com­mit­ted to and we be­lieve the re­gen­er­a­tion of this prom­i­nent site will bring a new lease of life to this part of Brid­gend.”

McDon­ald’s oc­cu­pied the build­ing be­tween 1998 and 2006. An­nounc­ing the clo­sure in Novem­ber that year, a McDon­ald’s spokesman blamed the clo­sure on changing trad­ing pat­terns in Brid­gend.

Above left, the Nolton Street build­ing left va­cant af­ter McDon­ald’s closed in 2006. Above, an im­pres­sion of how the build­ing will look af­ter be­ing de­mol­ished and re­de­vel­oped into com­mer­cial units and flats

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