Coun­cil agrees to give £2 mil­lion

Llanelli Star - - Letters - Richard Youle @YoulePost [email protected]­di­ 01792 545553

CAR­MARTHEN­SHIRE Coun­cil is to buy a zinc ox­ide fac­tory site in Burry Port which has been ear­marked for homes and com­mer­cial de­vel­op­ment for a decade.

Ex­ec­u­tive board mem­bers were told that the pri­vately-owned land in ques­tion was un­likely to be brought for­ward for de­vel­op­ment in the near fu­ture with­out coun­cil in­ter­ven­tion.

Min­utes of the dis­cus­sion, which was held in pri­vate for com­mer­cial rea­sons, said that re­de­vel­op­ing the for­mer Grillo site would sup­port the coun­cil’s Burry Port re­gen­er­a­tion pro­pos­als and the de­liv­ery of a mas­ter­plan for the town.

The ex­ec­u­tive board agreed to pro­vide £2 mil­lion for the ac­qui­si­tion of the seven-acre site, which ad­joins coun­cil-owned land.

Coun­cil­lor John James, who rep­re­sents Burry Port, said he wel­comed the de­ci­sion.

“It’s good to see things are mov­ing,” he said.

“It’s the gate­way to the har­bour, and it’s an eye­sore.”

The move fol­lows a de­ci­sion last De­cem­ber to grant a long-term lease for the de­vel­op­ment of the town’s har­bour into a top­class fa­cil­ity for boat own­ers and tourists.

Pro­pos­als to de­velop the Grillo site were put for­ward around 10 years ago, and then adopted as sup­ple­men­tary plan­ning guid­ance.

Peo­ple in the town were con­sulted at an early stage, which re­sulted in the pro­posed num­ber of houses and flats — and their height — be­ing re­duced.

But a plan­ning ap­pli­ca­tion was called in by Welsh ministers in 2011 and per­mis­sion re­fused, due to flood­ing con­cerns.

The flood clas­si­fi­ca­tion for the site was changed later and, fast-for­ward to early 2016, the county coun­cil granted out­line con­sent for up to 230 houses and flats and a small amount of re­tail and leisure at the for­mer Grillo site.

An at­trac­tive wa­ter­front area was also part of the con­cept.

A de­sign state­ment sub­mit­ted as part of the out­line ap­pli­ca­tion by Castle­town Es­tates said the Grillo site was one of four parcels of land des­ig­nated as the East­ern Har­bour­side.

Burry Port har­bour had been estab­lished by an act of Par­lia­ment in 1825, and the town was home to

Pic­ture: Adrian White

An ar­chive pic­ture of the site show­ing its prox­im­ity to the har­bour.

Burry Port coun­cil­lors John James and Pat Jones out­side

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