This ambitious project aims to deliver health, wellbeing and economic benefits to the people of Llanelli and the South West Wales region through the regeneration of development land along the Llanelli coastline.
It includes a new ‘state-of-the-art’ sports centre, a wellness and spa hotel, support for new business start-ups, growth and research and development, assisted living, a health care centre, a learning and development facility for wellness and life sciences, together with high quality housing.
The aim is for all the different elements to have complimentary facilities and resources which interlink through a central hub.
The project will incorporate a number of specific buildings set within and around Delta Lakes. Together with associated landscaping, footpaths and parking facilities, the development proposes to create an eco-park which will have a village / community atmosphere and where premises are interlinked and visitors are able to spend time within a quality environment.
The project will focus on development of high quality, environmentally-efficient buildings and open space.
The project will create significant job opportunities across many professions. The construction industry will benefit significantly as will organisations involved in the servicing and maintaining of buildings once occupied. There will be a wide range of jobs in the health sector across all levels with many jobs created in the running of the sports / leisure centre and the wellness hotel.
Research and development activity in the life science, health and ICT sectors will generate new businesses which will establish and grow through the business support and incubation facility. New businesses will be joined by already-established businesses looking to expand and diversify, strengthening South Wales’ vibrant SME community.
We expect the job opportunities to recognise both the immediate needs of the area and the longer term aspirations of younger people. We will work alongside our educational partners to develop new and exciting training courses.
The project has high aspirations to benefit the locality by aligning the job, training and research opportunities with the improvement of the health and wellbeing of the people of South Wales.
The project is being led by Carmarthenshire County Council in partnership with Hywel Dda and Abertawe Bro Morgannwg University Health Boards and Swansea University.
The partners have all signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the one primary focus: to deliver a transformational and innovative project for the people of the region.
The whole project could mean a local investment of more than £200million to build, although each component of the project will be costed individually in order to identify the most effective phasing of development over the coming years.
To deliver such a project, a mixture of public and private funding opportunities are to be explored and private sector partners may be included as the project develops.
It is currently at the concept stage where ideas are being developed into feasible plans. A masterplan for the site was completed in December 2016 and over the next year, a business plan and the masterplan will be developed so that planning applications can be submitted.
Construction will not start until all feasibility assessments have been completed and planning approvals secured.
Yes, we have established a communications / consultation group and we will be giving people the opportunity to have an input into the details of the development.
We welcome a wide range of opinions so that we can create a development suitable for the whole community. We are looking at holding focus groups and will keep people up-to-date with newsletters as well as through local media and on our website. Also, look out for a survey which will be hosted on our website and made available in Llanelli library, the leisure centre and the hub in the near future.
The planning process will also require a formal consultation period when plans will be available to view and your comments welcomed.
We want to provide a local facility that will focus on health and wellness improvements which local residents can use and benefit from. We will be working with all the partners to understand what can be provided on site and will aim to provide opportunities and benefits for all age groups.
No. The Local Health Board is a partner on the project and is working closely with the council to identify services that could provide better outcomes for patients if they are delivered in the community rather than in a hospital environment, for example, some nursing and therapies assessment and treatment. This will enable space in the hospital to be freed up for patients who need to be seen in hospital.
No. The current health services are facing increasing demand and we need to organise our services so that the sickest patients can be treated in the hospitals and those who don’t need to be in a hospital environment can be treated in the community.
It is inevitable that there will be an increase in traffic especially during the construction phase, although the road infrastructure around the site has been designed to suit a development of this size.
As part of the plans we will improve access to the site via public transport links, as well as ensuring that there is sufficient parking available.
We are focusing on wellness so open space is a key consideration for the partners. There will be new buildings in the Delta Lakes area, however, the lake will remain a key feature and we will provide landscaping and walks around the lake that will be open for everyone to enjoy. We will also be creating an eco-park as part of the development on the surrounding land.
Yes the leisure centre will be closing, but not before the new one at Delta Lakes is opened.
No decisions have been made as yet, but it is likely the building will have to be demolished due to its condition.
This has been considered, however, the new leisure centre will be at the heart of the wellness village at Delta Lakes, and we also believe this location is better in terms of access. Practical issues such as the need to demolish the existing leisure centre makes building a new leisure centre on site more difficult too.
Prices are reviewed annually as part of the wider pricing policy for leisure facilities across the county, but we do not expect to see similar products currently offered at Llanelli Leisure Centre increasing any more than the normal rate.
No, all memberships will be honoured and transferred over.
We haven’t finalised all the details yet, however there will be a larger swimming pool and fitness offer.
Yes, there will be various outdoor facilities, most of which will be free of charge, for example, play / activity zones; walkways and paths (linking to the Millennium Coastal Park).
A transport strategy is being developed for the site. People will be able to get there by foot, by car or by using public transport. Its connectivity to the Millennium Coastal Park and local communities is key to the development.
Page updated on: 06/04/2018
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