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Country park resort plans on hold

Words: Roger Milne

Ambitious plans to create a country park resort have been put on ice after ministers said a decision on the scheme should be deferred while ministers consider whether to hold an inquiry.

Developers are hoping to build a 120-bed hotel and 78 holiday cottages at the site of an opencast mine in the Amman Valley.

Neath Port Talbot County Borough Council planning committee backed the plans for East Pit earlier this week, but had to put the determination on hold after the Welsh Government said it needed time to consider whether it should be Welsh ministers who make the final decision.

Celtic Energy, which is involved in the project, has said it would make about 70 staff at the mine redundant if the plans were called in or refused.

The proposals involve 585 hectares of land near Gwaun Cae Gurwen and include a lake, campsite, visitor centre, dive centre and shop. If the plans are approved coal extraction would also continue at the site for another three years.

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