The pro­jects aim­ing to change the face and for­tunes of bor­ough

From hous­ing to health, sport to trans­port, there are planned de­vel­op­ments which could trans­form the face of Rhondda Cynon Taf for years to come. Here An­thony Lewis looks at what they are and how they are pro­gress­ing...

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One of the ma­jor planned de­vel­op­ments in the area is the South Wales Metro which as part of the Cardiff Cap­i­tal Re­gion City Deal is hoped will pro­vide mas­sive eco­nomic ben­e­fits to the area by pro­vid­ing a much im­proved rail ser­vice be­tween Cardiff and the Val­leys.

The £734m pro­ject will in­crease the fre­quency of trains to 12 an hour on the line which serves Pon­typridd and Aber­dare to and from Cardiff.

As part of that in­vest­ment, the coun­cil’s plan­ning and de­vel­op­ment com­mit­tee ap­proved a £100m de­pot to be based at Garth Works In­dus­trial Es­tate in Taff’s Well, which is due to be com­pleted by 2021 and be fully op­er­a­tional by 2023.

The plan also in­volves the creation of a park and ride fa­cil­ity at Taff’s Well rail­way sta­tion.

Karl Gil­more, from Trans­port for Wales, said this is a “step change” in pub­lic trans­port and will im­prove con­nec­tiv­ity in the area.

Coun­cil­lor Gareth Caple said: “This is a fan­tas­tic pro­ject and a wel­come boost for re­gen­er­a­tion. It is a high level of in­vest­ment and a sig­nif­i­cant ma­jor de­vel­op­ment which will un­doubt­edly ben­e­fit the south Wales val­leys.” The coun­cil and Cwm Taf Health Board are work­ing to­gether on de­liv­er­ing five ex­tra care fa­cil­i­ties worth £50m.

It is part of a move away from the tra­di­tional so­cial care model to pro­vide a more mod­ern ser­vice which re­sponds to peo­ple’s chang­ing neeeds.

The six fa­cil­i­ties would house apart­ments where peo­ple can live in­de­pen­dently and have ac­cess to the care they need within their homes.

The coun­cil says they will pro­vide mod­ern ac­com­mo­da­tion op­tions to meet the needs and chang­ing ex­pec­ta­tions of the grow­ing older pop­u­la­tion.

Five ex­tra care de­vel­op­ments are be­ing pro­gressed to meet the need for 300 iden­ti­fied spa­ces in Rhondda Cynon Taf.

RCT al­ready has one cur­rent ex­tra care fa­cil­ity at Ty Heu­log in Tal­bot Green.

The other five fa­cil­i­ties will be built in Abera­man, Pon­typridd, Moun­tain Ash, Tre­orchy and Porth.

As part of the shift, the coun­cil is also look­ing at clos­ing down some of its older care homes for the elderly whilst keep­ing some open and there will soon be a con­sul­ta­tion on these pro­pos­als. The coun­cil is mov­ing to­wards a com­mu­nity hub ap­proach when it comes to pro­vid­ing ser­vices.

Ap­proval has al­ready been given for one in Moun­tain Ash which will re­place

The huge de­vel­op­ment at the Taff Vale site will

An artist’s im­pres­sion of the £2m foot­bridge which will link the Taff Vale de­vel­op­ment with Ynysang­harad Park

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