Barry Quays £230m Waterside Development
Thursday, 7th July 2011A descision on the go ahead for another substantial new development, in the coastal town of Barry is due today. Councillors in the Vale of Glamorgan will today vote on the £230m Barry Waterfront housing and retail redevelopment scheme by Taylor Wimpey, Barratt and Persimmon Homes and Officers have recommended that the committee approve the plans. The Quays development marks the final phase in the large-scale regeneration of the Barry Waterfront 2 project and if approved it will see a new £5m link road from the town centre to Barry Island, a school, hotel, supermarket and up to 2,000 homes. The scheme includes a mix of private and affordable housing, cafes, restaurants; children's play areas and public spaces. The scheme aims to connect the town with the nearby tourist spot of Barry Island, made famous recently by the BBC series Gavin and Stacey, and rejuvenate the waterfront area. It follows earlier redevelopment including a health centre, pharmacy, new road links, 686 new homes, a supermarket and 5,600 sq ft of retail space. The existing waterfront has also been opened up so the public can use it. Speaking on behalf of the Barry Waterfront Consortium, Richard Keogh, said: "This is a hugely important next step to bring this major scheme to Barry. The consortium started this project in 2007, before the global banking crisis and property crash, and has remained committed through some difficult times. "Delivering a major scheme like The Quays is a complex process, and the changing financial climate has created issues that both the consortium and the council are having to deal with. "Barry has long deserved this level of financial investment. This scheme will provide the catalyst for further investment in Barry and the south east Wales area, and is a great opportunity to significantly boost the local economy." The group says it has met with the community who have helped to refine the plans. They claim the project will pump an extra £150m into the economy over 20 years, create 870 new jobs and 175 spin-off jobs from companies and services on the regenerated waterfront.