£5.6m Development Planned for Former Barry Magistrates Court
A multi-million pound proposal to redevelop the former Barry Magistrates Court has been announced and the housing association behind the scheme wants local people to pass judgement on the plans. The £5.6 million Newydd Housing Association scheme at Thompson Street includes proposals for retail units, shops, cafes and restaurants, as well as affordable homes.
The courthouse closed in December last year - despite a long campaign by local people and politicians to retain the facility, which went as far as a legal challenge at the High Court. With cases now heard in Cardiff, the redevelopment - taken on by Newydd - will be funded by the housing association and a Welsh Government Social Housing Grant. The Welsh Government's Barry Regeneration Area programme has previously contributed over £1m to Thompson Street Public Realm improvements.
Newydd said the redevelopment would provide 52 ‘much-needed’ affordable houses and flats in the area. It said the proposal also includes 13,000 square feet of retail space available for rent, ‘assisting the wider regeneration of Barry town centre’. Newydd chief executive Paul Roberts said: "We are very excited about the opportunities this new development will offer local people in terms of job creation and affordable homes, as well as the regeneration of Barry. We urge local people to voice their opinion so we can modify the plans accordingly."
Associate director of Brinsons Estate Agents, Richard Thomas said: "There is latent retail demand for Barry, but the town does not offer sizeable units with clear open spans. We hope that even though the property is off the main retail pitch, it will still manage to soak up the demand.”
Landowner Dave Edwards said it was a ‘wonderful opportunity’ for Barry town centre to provide much-needed housing and retail space, and this was 'at the forefront of his company Forecorners’ when purchasing the site.
The proposals can be viewed and commented on at the former Magistrates Court, Thompson Street, from 8am to 10am, noon to 2pm, and 4pm to 7pm on Wednesday, August 22. Detailed drawings and 3D models of the proposals will be on show at Wednesday’s event, and it is anticipated that a planning application will be submitted to the Vale Council this autumn. Anyone who wants to find out more about the scheme, or who is interested in the housing, is invited to attend.