New vi­sion for well­ness plan

Lat­est on town’s city deal project

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TH­ESE are the lat­est images of how the £200 mil­lion Llanelli Well­ness and Life Sci­ence Vil­lage will look.

Ground in­ves­ti­ga­tion work at the Delta Lakes site is un­der way and Car­marthen­shire Coun­cil chiefs said much of the project would be up and run­ning by the end of 2021, as planned.

The well­ness vil­lage will pro­vide busi­ness, ed­u­ca­tion, leisure and health fa­cil­i­ties and will be funded by the coun­cil, the pri­vate sec­tor, and the UK and Welsh Gov­ern­ments via the Swansea Bay City Deal. The new images de­pict the first phase of the devel­op­ment, which com­prises the com­mu­nity health and well­be­ing hub – in­clud­ing a new leisure cen­tre – to­gether with walking and cy­cling paths, car park­ing and land­scap­ing.

The fa­cil­i­ties will be housed in five build­ings up to three storeys high, linked by a street-style lay­out and con­nected by a large cen­tral atrium.

The street will also have ex­hi­bi­tion space and other “break­out” ar­eas across the lake and west to the Loughor Es­tu­ary and Car­marthen Bay.

Coun­cil leader Em­lyn Dole said he was pleased to see ground work­ers on site.

Samples will be as­sessed and wa­ter and gases mon­i­tored on the whole of the Delta Lakes site.

Mr Dole said: “I am also de­lighted to see th­ese new de­sign con­cepts which wholly demon­strates our as­pi­ra­tion to cre­ate a pi­o­neer­ing devel­op­ment which will pro­mote health and well­be­ing and ben­e­fit all gen­er­a­tions not just in Llanelli and Car­marthen­shire but across South West Wales as a whole.

“This first-of-its-kind project will re­gen­er­ate a con­tam­i­nated post-in­dus­trial site, bring­ing new op­por­tu­ni­ties for ed­u­ca­tion, em­ploy­ment and leisure to the lo­cal com­mu­nity.”

The coun­cil has set aside cap­i­tal fund­ing for the new leisure cen­tre, which will in­clude an aquatic cen­tre fea­tur­ing an eight lane 25-me­tre swim­ming pool, a gym, sports hall, hy­drother­apy pool, and climb­ing walls. Top-class div­ing fa­cil­i­ties are also be­ing ex­plored.

The project will also cre­ate com­mu­nity health care fa­cil­i­ties, life sci­ence­based re­search and busi­ness devel­op­ment, and nurs­ing care and as­sisted liv­ing ac­com­mo­da­tion. A well­ness ho­tel is also planned.

City deal chiefs ex­pect the Llanelli Well­ness and Life Sci­ence Vil­lage to cre­ate nearly 1,900 jobs and boost the lo­cal econ­omy by £467 mil­lion.

Out­line plan­ning permission for the project can­not be granted though un­til the Welsh Gov­ern­ment de­cides on its next steps fol­low­ing a num­ber of call-in re­quests.

The coun­cil’s ex­ec­u­tive board agreed £600,000 of ar­chi­tect and de­sign costs at a meet­ing this month, which can be re­couped when cen­tral Gov­ern­ment fund­ing is re­leased.

Coun­cil of­fi­cers have been ex­plor­ing ways of de­liv­er­ing the project af­ter the ex­ec­u­tive board ter­mi­nated a col­lab­o­ra­tion agree­ment with a pri­vate sec­tor part­ner last De­cem­ber.

Th­ese images show phase one el­e­ments of the £200 mil­lion Llanelli Well­ness and Life Sci­ence Vil­lage

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