Spanning more than 1,000 acres, Coed Darcy (translated as Darcy’s Woodland) is one of the most significant regeneration projects currently underway in Wales.
The thriving community set among the breath-taking landscape of Neath with exhilarating views over the Gower Peninsula and Swansea Bay, is already offering businesses and residents a unique place to live and work.
The project is being undertaken by regeneration specialists St. Modwen and will result in 880 local jobs, creating a new community of 10,000 people. Taking 25 years to complete, this major project will provide over 4,000 homes and 500,000 square feet of commercial development space. Link to the timeline: www.coeddarcy.co.uk/timeline.html
Coed Darcy will boast three primary schools and two secondary schools, supported by community and sports facilities for everyone to use. It will also feature a main square, full of essential facilities and a hub of activity for the community. Coed Darcy will also be a place to relax, the community will be surrounded by acres of green open space with a number of sports pitches. Facilities will be linked by cycle paths and walkways, encouraging everyone to make use of sustainable transport and embrace a greener way of living.
Coed Darcy is already recognised as a place to work and to do business, due to the well-established managed business park of Coed Darcy Limited.
The commercial heart is set to grow further with 500,000 sq ft of new commercial space planned at the community.
To pave the way for further commercial development, St. Modwen has plans to develop a new Gateway into Coed Darcy in 2012, which will strengthen links with the M4 corridor.
Coed Darcy will bring £1.2 billion of economic investment to the area over the next 20-25 years, in part through this commercial community.
The original proposals for Coed Darcy emerged during the 1990s when BP, the Welsh Assembly Government, Neath Port Talbot County Borough Council and The Prince’s Foundation for Building Community formed a partnership to find a way of redeveloping the BP Llandarcy Oil Refinery.
St. Modwen is now working with Neath Port Talbot County Borough Council and The Prince’s Foundation for Building Community to bring forward the vision for the site.