Exciting New Regeneration Plans Ahead!
July 5, 2019
Rhondda Housing Association has successfully acquired the old co-op supermarket site on Dunraven Street in Tonypandy – which is a prominent scheme within future regeneration plans for the Town Centre.
This investment will revitalise the prominent site in the heart of the Town Centre, by delivering a mixed-tenure development over the coming 2 years. Our plan is to create new bespoke commercial retail space, co-working areas, affordable homes to rent and, potentially our new head office.
We have been in close discussions with the local authority, with both sharing a vision of this site as a key strategic gateway to regenerate Tonypandy town centre. We have appointed key partners and agreed initial concept designs with their architects (see initial concept drawing below) and we are encouraged by the wider potential of this site to reinvigorate the town centre and are looking to open up further discussions with RCTCBC local authority, to ensure there is a co-ordinated strategic response to the project.
We employ 60 staff and own and manage 1800 homes across RCT and were recently awarded the Business in the Community (BITC) Welsh small business of the year award.
Luke Takeuchi, CEO of Rhondda Housing Association said:
“This is an exciting project for us and for Tonypandy and we are delighted to be part of the wider town centre regeneration plans. We have invested in this site as we feel there is genuine potential to improve the area and give local people a vibrant town centre that they can be proud of. RCT local authority have been extremely helpful and encouraging and we are looking forward to working with them closely on this project during the coming months“.
Councillor Robert Bevan, Rhondda Cynon Taf Council’s Cabinet Member for Enterprise, Development and Housing, added: “I welcome this fantastic news that the former Co-Op building in Tonypandy has been purchased, and will be brought back into use. It is a strategic site within our wider ‘regeneration masterplan’ for Tonypandy which, once developed further, will be shared – as we’ve done for Porth.
“This as followed a number of recent improvements for Tonypandy – including work last summer to re-introduce a highway at the pedestrian-only zone of Dunraven Street – which has markedly improved passing trade for businesses. The Council also introduced free parking in 2017, while free Wi-Fi will be rolled out this year.
“I look forward to continuing our collaboration and close partnership with Rhondda Housing Association over their exciting plans for the former Co-Op building, and to see the project progress over the coming months.”
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