Work to build almost 140 houses on Aberavon seafront is set to start shortly.
Persimmon say they are breathing fresh life into the former Afan Lido Leisure Centre site by building 137-much needed new homes.
The development, which is being marketed as Awel Afan, has reached another significant milestone after Persimmon completed the acquisition of the site.
Planning permission has already been granted by Neath Port Talbot Council and work is set to start in the coming weeks.
Sharon Bouhali, Sales Director at West Wales, said: “We’re pleased to have completed the purchase of this land. The acquisition takes another step forward to starting work on this development.”
“We have received enormous interest in this project, which is no surprise given its incredible location overlooking the seafront.”
“We expect to release the first homes for sale in early summer and I’m sure they will prove extremely popular.”
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 say 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.
Cllr Annette Wingrave, Neath Port Talbot Council’s Cabinet Member for Regeneration and Sustainable Development, said: “This is a really exciting development in one of our most attractive locations.
“The development of the site for residential use will have the twin benefit of delivering much-needed new housing which will not only visually enhance this end of the seafront, it will also bring more people to live in the area, adding to its vitality and providing more footfall to existing businesses there.”
Awel Afan will be made up of two, three and four-bedroom houses, as well as a range of two-bedroom apartments.
(Lead image: Neath Port Talbot Council)
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