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Llandarcy urban village scheme brings 900 jobs

By South Wales Evening Post  |  Posted: November 12, 2012

An artist’s impression of the scheme when finished

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ALMOST 900 construction jobs are likely to be created through the development of a major housing scheme near Neath.

Regeneration specialist St Modwen was today due to officially launch the second phase of housing at the £1.2 billion Coed Darcy urban village at Llandarcy.

A total of 60 homes have already been built with 50 being bought and occupied at the site.

The latest development is expected to see 880 construction jobs created through the development of 302 properties at the northern end of the 1,060 acre development.

A range of homes, townhouses and flats will form the first of three residential neighbourhoods planned at Coed Darcy which will be linked through village greens and play areas.

The mix of two, three and four-bedroom properties is likely to be launched to the market next month.

St Modwen is also close to completing a £3 million scheme to create a new gateway into the community and a new road linking the homes with the M4, which should be ready by March next year.

Rupert Joseland, of St Modwen, was today due to join Andrew Crompton and Stuart Phillips of Persimmon as well as leader Ali Thomas and John Flower of Neath Port Talbot Council to mark the official start of the second phase of housing.

Mr Joseland said: "Coed Darcy is a flagship development for us and a significant regeneration project for Wales.

"It will eventually be home to more than 10,000 residents and will also create more than 4,000 new jobs to support the local economy."

Mr Crompton confirmed Persimmon was due to establish a regional office based in Swansea to expand its operations in West Wales, in addition to its existing business in East Wales.

He said: "Coed Darcy is one of several new projects to commence in West Wales in the next few months, all of which will not only provide new homes but a boost to the local economy and thousands of new jobs."

Councillor Ali Thomas, Leader of Neath Port Talbot Council, said: "The start of works on the new phase of housing is a very positive development for Coed Darcy.

"This is a key regeneration scheme for Neath Port Talbot, set to deliver thousands of homes, new community facilities and local jobs."

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  • Jiffy  |  November 12 2012, 3:53PM

    Holiday homes ?

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  • Lezz_T  |  November 12 2012, 3:36PM

    From the website. "From the glorious Gower to the thriving centres of Swansea, Cardiff and Carmarthen, this is a location that has it all. The natural attractions are magnificent: the beautiful beaches of the Gower Peninsula, the Black Mountain and the Afan Forests, with the Brecon Beacons National Park within a couple of hours drive." That guff could be written about anywhere in South Wales, so who are they targeting not local buyers obviously.

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  • Jiffy  |  November 12 2012, 2:18PM

    Has Coed Darcy moved across town ? According to their website - "...Positioned between the vibrant city of Swansea and the glorious Gower, the urban village of Coed Darcy..." http://tinyurl.com/b3tkjbg

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  • StephenG11  |  November 12 2012, 1:33PM

    As I understand it, most construction companies have very few permanent employees, they rely on casuals and sub-contractors to do most of the building, so there should be local opportunitiers. However, i doubt that you would ever be able to find 900 named workers working on this at any one time. If you dig deeply, I am sure that you will find some calculation along the lines that all the planned work will create or maintain some 900 man years of employment, over the life of the development.

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  • Anon300  |  November 12 2012, 1:06PM

    Ps if they are brand new jobs that aren't yet filled. Where do we sign up??

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  • Anon300  |  November 12 2012, 1:03PM

    Surely these vanacies are already taken by the companys coming to build the development. Their not coming to build these with no staff and looking to take on all new employees. Doh!!

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  • antyall  |  November 12 2012, 12:30PM

    I wounder how much of this will be social housing? There is little or no excuse for arguing who is going to work hear as all will be covered buy the living wage and if there are any contracts given to outside companies Persimmon and St.Modwen should ensure that this is the case. It stands to reason that a project as large as this should have schools as well as other services, such as shops,doctors surgeries and now maybe, we will be able to have an emergency department at NPT hospital,with qualified doctors,presumably the health board has been brought on board. The only fly in the ointment I can see is the lack of jobs in a depressed area,but if the manpower is there employers would be attracted to the area,only time will tell.

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  • Stork  |  November 12 2012, 12:21PM

    Whilst I'm all for creating new jobs in the construction industry. This story is pretty much "hype" by the developers. They won't be building 300 houses straight off in one go, that's not how it works in today's modern building companies. The developers build according to sales and contracts exchanged. If the houses sell famously, they will build continuously. If sales falter, building activity will slow down. House sales are down at the moment, and some people whom I've spoken to say this slump will continue for at least another year, maybe two years. However, even if sales roared ahead, for 300 houses, you would never employ 900 workies. That would be a surfeit of labour, and far too costly.

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  • Neathboy234  |  November 12 2012, 12:07PM

    GorsseinonJoe i support anyone's right to work anywhere within the EU. And i don't want to live in your world where Welsh men and women call only apply for jobs in London and the south east after people who have lived there turn them down. It's seems to me we'd all be living as surfs in your world. And as for wages falling when people move here, where is the evidence for that. Look at the USA anyone can live or work anywhere they wish there and on average they earn more than us. Oh and what would you have do over there, you can only apply for work in the one state that you live in. The other 49 states being out of reach.

  • GorsseinonJoe  |  November 12 2012, 11:56AM

    Good to see you support local jobs and workers Neathboy....not, as for Bulgaria and Romania, can you remember that the Labour Party predicted that they expected 13,000 people from Poland the last time the barriers came down due to EU legislation? How many arrived? Hang onto your hat, is all I can say! What do you think will happen to local jobs when wages are inevitably pushed down when the next wave of East European workers arrives? I''m all for free enterprise as long as it is fair for everyone.

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