Plans for £200 million life sciences village development makes step forward


Multi-million pound plans for a life science and well-being village in Llanelli have taken a major step forward.

An outline planning application has now been submitted to Carmarthenshire Council for the innovative project at Delta Lakes, which includes new sport and leisure facilities, along with state-of-the-art services for health and well-being.

Subject to planning approvals, work could start on the £200 million development towards the end of the year.

The life science and well-being village is aiming to create up to 2,000 high-quality, well-paid jobs over 15 years, helping give the local economy a £467 million boost.

Other features of the development include business and research opportunities, education, training and assisted living accommodation. The site will also be landscaped to give opportunities for scenic walks, cycles and recreation.

Cllr Emlyn Dole, Carmarthenshire Council Leader, said: “The submission of an outline planning application is another step forward for an exciting, bold and innovative project that will place Llanelli at the heart of global life science and well-being innovation.

“As well as cutting-edge medical research facilities and services, assisted living accommodation and opportunities for training and education, the life science and well-being village will also boost Llanelli and Carmarthenshire as a whole by creating new high-value jobs, pathways to employment for local people and facilities for community use, including a state-of-the-art leisure centre.”

The life science and well-being village is being led by Carmarthenshire Council, in partnership with Swansea University, the Hywel Dda University Health Board and the Abertawe Bro Morgannwg University Health Board.

The development is part of the £1.3 billion Swansea Bay City Deal programme, which includes 11 major projects across Carmarthenshire, Swansea, Neath Port Talbot and Pembrokeshire.

Work is progressing with the Welsh and UK Governments to develop the bid to secure a £40 million investment for the life science and well-being village as part of this programme.

Signed by the Prime Minister in March last year, the City Deal includes funding from the UK and Welsh Governments, the public sector and the private sector.