Neath Port Talbot Council have given the go ahead to a new proposed £250m Science and Innovation Campus. The Council granted detailed planning permission to the University which is in its final stages of an EU procurement process to build the new campus at a site on Fabian Way.
The detailed designs which have been approved by the Council build upon the previously approved outline planning application. If the procurement process is concluded successfully, work will begin on site early next year, with the first students arriving in 2015.
The University claim the ambitious project will attract inward investment to Wales and promote the growth of high-technology clusters and will establish the region as a vibrant location for modern, high technology companies, bringing even greater eventual impact.
We are delighted to have obtained the green light from Neath Port Talbot Council and are most grateful for their support and positive engagement with this major project.
In addition to enabling the University to build upon academic strengths, the new campus will be a driver for economic regeneration.
The campus will be good for the University; good for Neath Port Talbot, and good for the whole region.
The money - from European Investment Bank and the Welsh Government - will help fund development of a new Science and Innovation Campus.
An announcement is expected today about a new campus at Swansea University that could be a 'world-leading' site for research and teaching.