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Contractors appointed for £18m Western Gateway scheme in Barry

Broad St Clinic Site. Credit: Google

The Vale of Glamorgan Council has recently appointed consultants AECOM and architects Austin Smith Lord to undertake a detailed feasibility study and prepare a master plan for the ambitious Western Gateway scheme in Barry.

The scheme will redevelop the site of the Broad Street Clinic and a piece of land adjacent to Gladstone Road Bridge, referred to as the Gladstone Road Bridge Compound, into greatly needed new affordable homes and a new health centre for Barry.

Proposals for improving the Gladstone Road traffic junction will also be included in the masterplan. These will make it easier for pedestrians and those using public transport to access the sites, subject to the availability of additional grant funding from Welsh Government.

Chief Executive of the Vale of Glamorgan Council, Rob Thomas, said:“The Western Gateway Project will provide a modern health centre for Barry and much needed new social rented homes, some of which will be reserved for older people.

“Its town centre location will ensure it is easy to access by public transport and residents will have shops and services on their doorstep.

“The development of the scheme has been informed by our long-running placemaking work and as result we believe will truly feel part of the town.

“We have been working closely with Cardiff and Vale University Health Board and Welsh Government and the scheme is a great example of public sector partners working together for the benefit of Vale residents.”

The redevelopment is forecast to cost around £18m. It will be funded by a mix of Welsh Government Transforming Towns grant aid, Social Housing Grant and capital funding from the Council.

It is anticipated a planning application for the redevelopment of the two sites will be submitted early in 2025 following a community consultation.