The final proposals approved by the Vale of Glamorgan Council include a new link road to Barry Island within the early phases of development, a larger waterfront café quarter, significant waterside open space and park areas, retail space, a new primary school, hotel and approximately 2,000 new homes comprising a mix of private and affordable housing.
Having taken on board comments made during the public consultation period, a range of changes were made to the initial proposals. Briefly, these included:
• The ability to increase the café/bar/restaurant outlet area if demand exists
• A commitment to work in partnership with the Council to deliver the link road as quickly and efficiently as possible
• A commitment to include public art as part of the proposals and remember the history of the site
• A commitment to actively engage with the people of Barry throughout the project period
Mix of uses: The development will include a mix of community, education, residential, leisure (hotel, bars and restaurants), employment, retail and public space that will be complimentary to the existing uses found at Barry Island and within Barry Town. The residential aspect of the development will include a mix of open market and affordable 2, 3, and 4 bed houses plus 1 and 2 bed apartments.
Movement and accessibility: Opportunities for accessing the site by all forms of transport will be maximised including for people arriving on foot, by cycle, train, bus or car. The primary vehicular access through the site will be via an urban street curved between the north of West Pond and Cosy Corner.
Public open space: The areas of the development which are available for everyone to use, including the streets, squares, parks, pedestrian and cycleways and waterfront quays, will serve both the needs of the future residents of Barry Waterfront and the existing adjacent communities.
Environmental: All residential units will achieve the Eco-Homes ‘Excellent’ rating and all leisure and retail buildings will achieve the BREEAM ‘Excellent’ rating. Options to promote renewable energy generation will be explored including both macro-generation opportunities to serve the entire development and micro-generation involving key design elements built into the detailed design of buildings.