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A Consortium has acquired the land for sale necessary to complete their £250m scheme to build 2,000 homes in Barry. It is known as the Barry Waterfront Consortium and involves Persimmon Homes, Taylor Wimpey and Barratt Homes who collectively have taken ownership of 100 acres of land from the Associated British Ports. However the sum paid for the land is not being made public. Even though a planning application has been submitted to the Vale of Glamorgan council in August 2009, they have not secured outline planning consent yet.

The development has gained its name The Quays in reference to the maritime history of the area. The proposed scheme will include a primary school and a link road connecting town to Barry Island.

The plan was to acquire the land for sale and begin phase one of the development around the same time, however the council has not even given a date yet when they will consider the outcome of the application. Richard Keogh, who spoke on behalf of the Consortium said that the fact that they had purchased the land was a clear indication that they intend to fully develop the site. He said that local people were all for the proposals and that everything is in place apart from the planning permission coming through. He believes that the regeneration project that will take place in Barry will have a positive impact through the jobs that will be created.

He referred to the St Athan project which has been deferred and felt that it was important that this project gets off the ground as soon as possible.

The outline application is for up to 2,000 homes as well as shops, restaurants, bars and offices. There will also be parks and public spaces with the primary school and community facility which will be 4,000sq ft. Since the Consortium lodged the application they have worked with the planners to address every point and in June they submitted a details application for the link road that will run through the scheme. The road will connect the town and Barry Island.

The scheme, which will be over a nine year period, will see an initial 1,900 jobs created. 700 jobs will be created through employers at the waterfront. 800 direct and indirect jobs will be created in the local area as a knock-on effect of the scheme. 900 more jobs will be created through the South East region.

Mr Keogh believes that his discussions with the council have been very positive so far and have accommodated requests to revise the scheme to add value to the local people. He feels that all the preparatory work is in place and so the scheme should simply move forward.

However even if the scheme gains full planning consent from the council it could still be called in by the Welsh Assembly Government. Now that they have acquired the land for sale they need to press on with development but without planning the scheme is at a standstill.

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