Pro­posal is one of 11 un­der the um­brella of £1.3bn City Deal

Llanelli Star - - Letters -

THE Well­ness and Life Sci­ence Vil­lage planned for Delta Lakes is one of 11 projects be­ing taken for­ward in Car­marthen­shire, Swansea, Neath Port Tal­bot and Pem­brokeshire via a £1.3 bil­lion City Deal. The vil­lage is to in­clude a new leisure cen­tre, in­sti­tute of life sci­ence, a well­ness ed­u­ca­tion cen­tre and a clin­i­cal de­liv­ery cen­tre.

As­sisted liv­ing ac­com­mo­da­tion in­clud­ing ex­tra care hous­ing and a nurs­ing home will also fea­ture, as will a well­ness ho­tel and land­scaped open spa­ces.

The scheme is ex­pected to cre­ate nearly 2,000 jobs over the next 15 years and give the lo­cal econ­omy a £467 mil­lion boost.

Pub­lic sec­tor part­ners in­clude Car­marthen­shire Coun­cil, Swansea Univer­sity, Hy­wel Dda Univer­sity Health Board and the Univer­sity of Wales Trin­ity Saint David.

An out­line plan­ning ap­pli­ca­tion for the Well­ness and Life Sci­ence Vil­lage will be con­sid­ered in com­ing months, and the project should be fin­ished in full in 2023.

The pri­vate sec­tor is ex­pected to con­trib­ute around £127 mil­lion to the project, with £40 mil­lion com­ing from UK and Welsh Gov­ern-ments. But Delta Lakes still needs a busi­ness case sign-off from cen­tral Gov­ern­ment, which last week an­nounced it was un­der­tak­ing “a rapid in­de­pen­dent review” of the city deal.

In a state­ment the UK Gov­ern­ment said: “All part­ners re­main com­mit­ted to the deal, and it has been agreed that work on in­di­vid­ual projects will con­tinue in par­al­lel with the review.”

Other projects in­clude the Swansea Wa­ter­front Dig­i­tal District, pic­tured.

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