Plans to redevelop the former Taff Vale shopping centre site in Pontypridd have been given the green light.
The site, which is now owned by Rhondda Cynon Taf council will become the base for South Wales Metro operator Transport for Wales, alongside a new 21st Century Library, a customer Council contact point and a new fitness facility.
The site, known locally as the Precinct – was closed in 2011 as part of redevelopment plans and construction will begin in 2018.
Councillor Robert Bevan, Rhondda Cynon Taf Council’s Cabinet Member for Enterprise, Development and Housing, said:
“The granting of planning permission for the Council’s flagship Taff Vale regeneration project is a huge milestone, and sends a clear message that this development, on a strategic site in the heart of Pontypridd, is going to be delivered by the Council.
“The scheme will bring jobs to Pontypridd, and has the potential to deliver increased footfall in the town centre – giving a significant boost to existing businesses, and the prospect of attracting more trade and visitors to the area.
“Alongside the major plans to revitalise the YMCA a stone’s throw away, the Taff Vale regeneration will bring a new vibrancy to Pontypridd. These two projects in such close proximity make for exciting times in the local area.
“This priority project continues to gather pace following site demolition, the appointment of a contractor and now full planning permission granted. Work continues to progress ahead of the start of construction in early 2018.”