Plans for Afan Valley Adventure Resort unveiled

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Fresh plans for the £130m adventure park near Port Talbot have been unveiled.

Rock climbing, alpine and water sports would be on offer at the Afan Valley Adventure Resort in Croeserw along with a Bear Grylls Survival Academy, 600 holiday lodges, a 100-bed hotel, restaurants, and parking for around 850 cars.

A 325-acre (130 ha) former forestry plantation at Pen-y-Bryn has been earmarked for the resort, according to the Local Democracy Reporting Service.

Those behind the plans have said 535 full time jobs would be created throughout the two-year build-period and, once operational in 2021, the resort would directly employ 970 full and part time staff.

It is anticipated that a large proportion of the workforce would live locally.

The resort would be the “UK’s first adventure holiday resort of its kind”, catering for stays of between three and seven days, and offering a range of on-site adrenaline-fuelled activities.

Neath Port Talbot councillors are expected to consider the project at a planning meeting in the new year.

The application says the scheme is "significantly more developed" than previously approved proposals for a leisure complex in the area, for which planning permission has lapsed.

Four activity zones - Alpine, Forest, X-Sports and Trax n Trails - would offer activities ranging from zip wires and paintballing to aqua-caving and white water rafting. It is forecast that there would be around 5,000 visitors per week – 260,000 per year.

"The vision has been developed to take advantage of the stunning topography and wider landscape setting for the resort," it says.

It also claims a staff salary bill of just under £13m a year would boost the local and regional economy.

The project is the brainchild of Peter Moore OBE – the man who first brought Center Parcs to the UK – and Gavin Woodhouse, chairman of Northern Powerhouse Developments. NPD also owns a string of hotels and country houses, some of them in Conwy county and Pembrokeshire.

The outline planning application could be considered by the council's planning committee as early as 15 January.