Major plans for a 'world-class leisure resort' in Merthyr Tydfil to include the UK’s largest and longest Indoor Snow Centre in the UK and amongst the longest in the world at c.400m have been submitted.
The project is hoped to create around 1500 jobs in the construction phase, and around 800 jobs once operational. The Rhydycar West project will contribute c.£38.1m in GVA to the local economy per annum.
The c.£300 million scheme also features some of Europe's most exciting and innovative leisure attractions, including an Indoor Tropical Waterpark plus an Indoor and Outdoor Adventure Centre, all supported by a range of accommodation including Woodland Lodges and a Resort Hotel with Sport, Family, and Luxury Spa wings, plus conferencing facilities. The aim is to provide a unique and unparalleled experience for visitors of all ages, making Rhydycar West a must-visit 'all year round' destination for both local and international tourists.
In consultation with Cadw, the project also plans to create a Heritage Trail within the development boundary that would allow controlled access to the historical monuments on the site - all of which are associated with the wider industrial history of Merthyr Tydfil.
Ali Tyebkhan, CEO, of Rhydycar West, stated "We are proud to confirm the submission of the planning application for Rhydycar West. After years of conceptual and technical planning and extensive public consultations, the team is excited to take the next step towards bringing this world-class resort to life."
Andy Coleman, CFO, added, "This is an important milestone for the project, and we believe this will be a huge opportunity for Wales and the Valleys. We have been encouraged by the positive response from the community of Merthyr Tydfil who have demonstrated overwhelming support for our proposals".
The project is also supported by GB Snowsport and Snowsport Cymru Wales to establish the UK National Centre of Snowsport Excellence and will be the official home and training headquarters for the Welsh and GB national, Olympic and Paralympic snow sports teams and elite athletes. The Indoor Snow Centre would conform to international standards and attract international competitions and events. Snowsports Cymru Wales, the national governing body, has campaigned for such a facility of this standard for a decade.
The planning application will now be subject to review by Merthyr Tydfil County Borough Council, and the public will have further opportunities to provide their feedback on the proposal.
For more information about the proposals visit the Rhydycar West website: www.rhydycarwest.com