CARMARTHENSHIRE County Council’s Executive Board is set to discuss a multi-million redevelopment of Burry Port Harbour, paving the way for a new leisure quarter and up to 100 new jobs as part of its regeneration masterplan.
The Executive Board will meet next week to consider marketing a large development site near to the entrance of the harbour to enable the delivery of a mixed use leisure led scheme including the potential for shops, a hotel, pub/restaurant and residential use.
The 2.8 acre parcel of brownfield land is earmarked for transformation as part of a joint venture between Carmarthenshire County Council and Welsh Government, driving investment to what is seen as a key development location.
The scheme will complement wider regeneration planned for Burry Port Harbour where, as part of the Llanelli Waterside Joint Venture, investment has already been made in infrastructure and transport to make the area more accessible and to strengthen the link between the Millennium Coastal Path and town centre.
Cllr Emlyn Dole, Leader of the Council and Executive Board Member for Regeneration, said he was excited to move forward the ambitious regeneration plans the town has been waiting for.
“We have a vision to transform Burry Port Harbour, and outline planning permission is already in place for a mixed-use development. We want to further enhance and complement what is already a much-loved location,” he said.
“This site is key to our overall masterplan for the town – it will help attract more investment and will provide hundreds of jobs during the development phase and beyond.
“We are excited about the future of Burry Port and look forward to discussing this exciting scheme in detail at our next meeting of the Executive Board.”
Burry Port Harbour is situated within the 14-mile landscaped Millennium Coastal Park, with panoramic views of the Gower Peninsula and Carmarthen Bay, and is one of Carmarthenshire’s strategic regeneration areas.
The council has already invested heavily in the area – a £2million refurbishment of the historic Grade II listed harbour walls and lighthouse is nearing completion, alongside car park improvements.
The authority is working alongside The Marine Group, which operates the harbour, to improve wet and dry side facilities including the conversion of the former RNLI lifeboat station into a café and is looking for operators for catering facilities on the east side.
It supported the delivery of the new modern lifeboat station which houses two lifeboats alongside operations control room, crew room, changing rooms, office space and a training room for use by crew members and educational talks.
Near to the harbour, the council has recently built two new state-of-the-art primary schools totalling almost £13.5million providing pupils and staff unique and inspiring places to learn.
And construction is currently underway on a £4million eco-friendly home development including apartments and bungalows on land next to the existing Plas Y Mor Extra Care Scheme in the town.
For more information about the Burry Port Masterplan, visit www.carmarthenshire.gov.wales/business