Burrows Yard

Proposals for a 40,000 sq ft multi-million pounds redevelopment of the eyesore Burrows Yard site in Aberavon were given the go-ahead last night (Thursday, December 9, 2004) by Neath Port Talbot County Borough Council.

South Wales-based developer Dovey Estates intends to transform the run-down and derelict site into an attractive retail-led development. Work is due to start on site in early 2005 and be completed in early 2006.

Dovey Estates is currently involved in detailed discussions aimed at securing a major food retailing group as anchor tenant for the scheme, while a number of other retailers have already expressed interest in acquiring adjoining space.

The redevelopment site includes a disused petrol station and the former Skelton Thomas building. The development will be low rise to complement the neighbourhood and it will include some public art features, landscaping and on-site parking.

Mike Baroth, Chief Executive of Dovey Estates, said, “We are delighted that Neath Port Talbot councillors have demonstrated their support for what is a very exciting development, that will both create jobs and help the regeneration of the area.

“We have received first-class support from the local authority and we will continue to work very closely with councillors and officers throughout the forthcoming planning process to ensure the completed scheme fits in with the needs of the Aberavon community and provides them with a quality development.”

Proposals include the improvement of Ysguthan Road while a new entrance to the site will be built from Water Street.

Interim arrangements are being made for the depot at Burrows Yard to be vacated quickly and the services operating out of the depot to continue uninterrupted. It will be business as usual as far as residents are concerned.

The long term plan is to relocate these services to an integrated centre on the Briton Ferry end of the Baglan Energy Park.

The Leader of Neath Port Talbot Council, Derek Vaughan, welcomed the news. He said, “This is another part of the ongoing strategy to improve Water Street. It is linked to the council’s Port Talbot Southern Corridor plans which includes the development of the former Blancos site.

“Derelict buildings on the Green Park site will be demolished along with Burrows Yard which no longer provides the modern service the council would like to deliver.

“It will run parallel with the housing renewal scheme for Aberavon and Sandfields East and investment into Neath Port Talbot will be encouraged bringing with it more job opportunities.

“The council is doing all it can to help facilitate this project and are looking at other areas of Water Street that need to be attended to.

“This project is a key milestone in the council’s programme to change the face of Aberavon.”

Dovey Estates, based in Cardiff, is one of South Wales’s most successful private development companies.

Current developments include the 90,000 sq ft Neptune Court office scheme in Cardiff Bay, a major retail project in Malpas, Newport, and the planned redevelopment of the 24-acre former Whitland creamery site, Carmarthenshire.