Masterplan funding announced for Llanelli Wellness and Life Science Village
Welsh Government announces it will fund the Masterplan for the ARCH and Carmarthenshire Council Delta Lakes Wellness and Life Science project.
PLANS for a unique Wellness and Life Science Village in Carmarthenshire are pushing forward.
Welsh Government announces it will fund the Masterplan for the ARCH and Carmarthenshire Council Delta Lakes Wellness and Life Science project. Welsh Government has also agreed to vary the terms of the Llanelli Coast Joint Venture agreement with Carmarthenshire Council to formally include the proposed development, subject to an agreed business plan.
The Wellness and Life Science Village aims to transform the way the region delivers care and promotes wellbeing – partnering first-class health, research and life science, with innovative leisure opportunities to help people live healthy lives.
The proposed multi-million pound development earmarked for Delta Lakes is being led by Carmarthenshire Council. It forms part of the ARCH initiative being taken forward by Abertawe Bro Morgannwg and Hywel Dda Health Boards and Swansea University. It is also one of the projects highlighted in the Swansea Bay City Region City Deal document.
The Masterplan study will build on the feasibility study that is currently being undertaken.
Cabinet Secretary for Economy and Infrastructure Economy Ken Skates said: “The Wellness and Life Science Village is an innovative proposal with the potential to make an impact on the health and well being of residents. It is also designed to boost the region’s economy and skills base in a sustainable way while supporting the regeneration of the area. I am pleased to announce funding for a masterplan and associated business case to take the project forward.”
Carmarthenshire councillor Meryl Gravell, chair of the ARCH Wellness and Wellbeing working group, said: “This scheme is really making progress, the appointment of the project manager and the funding for the feasibility study are significant steps in this development.
“It is an ambitious and unique scheme, which will not only be aimed at improving the health and well-being of people across the region, but will also boost the economy and provide high quality jobs.”
This project is a first for the country and brings together health, science and enterprise to regenerate the area and also help people live healthier lives for longer.
The project concept was derived last year from work undertaken by under ARCH alongside Carmarthenshire Council. The village could see lifestyle and leisure facilities, primary and community-based healthcare and specialist residential care integrated with university research and education space. There will also be business facilities to encourage economic growth.
A feasibility study, funded by the Welsh Government, is currently being carried out for the scheme at Delta Lakes. The site, adjacent to the coastline, has been chosen as the perfect place to deliver the project, which is expected to create 1,000 jobs.
The concept of a Wellness and Life Science Village followed talks on plans to build a new leisure centre in Llanelli and the council’s desire to work collaboratively with health partners, putting additional investment into facilities and services to help prevent ill-health and reduce pressure on frontline health care.