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Plans to develop Afan Lido approved

01 September 2021

Plans to develop Afan Lido approved

Plans for almost 140 houses on Aberavon seafront have been approved.

Persimmon Homes West Wales is breathing fresh life into the former Afan Lido Leisure Centre site by building 137-much needed new homes.

The planning application was approved by Neath Port Talbot Council.

Opened by the Queen in the 1970s, the Afan Lido was destroyed in a fire in 2009 and the site has been unused since.

Persimmon has received a huge number of enquiries since the plans were revealed earlier this year.

Andy Edwards, managing director at Persimmon Homes West Wales, said: “We are delighted that this development has received planning approval. The response from the local residents has been overwhelmingly positive.

“The land has laid derelict since the fire 12 years ago and the re-location of the leisure centre. This will bring the area back into use and give people the opportunity to live in the town, many of which will be first time buyers.

“It’s an amazing location overlooking the seafront, which itself has seen significant investment in recent years.

“We anticipate starting work on site later this year, with the first occupations set for 2022.”

The development will bring a massive boost to the local economy through the construction industry and its multiplier effect. According to figures from the House Builders Federation, for every £1 spent on housing, £3 goes back into the economy.

Each home built also creates 1.5 full-time direct jobs – and at least twice that number in the supply chain.

The development will be made up of two, three and four-bedroom houses, as well as a range of two-bedroom flats.

Persimmon Homes is one of the largest housebuilders in Wales and recently supported Afan Lido Girls FC with a game-changing grant of £20,000 through its Building Futures campaign.

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