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."