South East Wales

£230m Barry waterfront revamp faces 'technical' delay

Barry Waterfront
Image caption 'Technical issues' could back some work by up to 12 months, says the consortium behind the scheme

A proposed £230m regeneration of Barry Waterfront is facing delays of up 12 months due to technical issues, says the consortium behind the project.

Plans for homes, cafes, a hotel and a new link road were approved by Vale of Glamorgan council in July 2011.

Barry Waterfront Consortium, which is behind the project, has said it has delays due to "technical issues".

The plan includes private and affordable housing, cafes, restaurants, play areas and public spaces.

The plans were put forward by a consortium of developers - Taylor Wimpey UK, Persimmon Homes and BDW Trading (Barratt South Wales) - in August 2009.

A spokesman said: "The preparation of the Barry waterfront site for future development was always going to be challenging.

"Our ongoing investigative work has raised some technical issues that could extend the preparation phase of the project by six to 12 months.

"We continue to work closely with our project team to minimise any delay and are committed to delivering the first phase of the link road, the Asda supermarket and first phase of housing as soon as possible."

But Paul Hayley, who chairs the civic societies group Pride in Barry and who is a former president of the town's chamber of trade, said the delay was to be expected.

"There are some technical delays to work that needs to be done on the site but that's to be expected when you take over a site like a former coal port," he said.

'Not unusual'

"This is a very minor hiccup and doesn't mean a great deal bearing in mind there are many different strands delivering on so many different levels."

"With the 30% increase in trade from Gavin and Stacey, whereas some businesses used to close down in winter, now they are successfully trading all through the winter."

Vale of Glamorgan council director of development services, Rob Thomas, said: "I am aware that the consortium is dealing with particular site-related issues that may impact on the timescale for taking forward the development.

"Such a situation is not unusual on major regeneration projects of this nature."

Since 2010, the Welsh government said it had committed £6.5m towards 35 projects in Barry.

Last month it announced £692,000 to transform the former Butlin's holiday camp at Barry Island, which closed 17 years ago, into a community venue.

In January, Barry First Group has called for link road from Barry town to its waterfront to be speeded up after it emerged it would not be ready for five years.

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