Coed Darcy, Wales

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Coed Darcy, Wales

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Welsh Development Agency


Design Code



In 1999 The Welsh Development Agency commissioned an Enquiry by Design through which to develop the creation of a new ‘urban village’ on the site of a former BP oil refinery in South-West Wales.

Located between Neath and Swansea, ‘Coed Darcy’ will be an entire new town on 1,300 acres of brownfield land. The Studio LK team, whilst with the Prince’s Foundation, produced the masterplan and town design code for Coed Darcy.

The development of Coed Darcy is based on the principles of walkable mixed use communities with a village centre at the core of the development. A series of four smaller local centres will connect the existing Llandarcy village and Skewen. The connections are supported by a public transport interchange and local rail halt which will improve access to Llamsamlet and Swansea.

Coed Darcy incorporates 4,000 new homes of mixed price and tenure, 3,000 jobs, open space and an integrated land use pattern supported by a full range of services including 4 new schools, health and community facilities. An international competition was held to select a developer and St. Mowden was chosen.

Coed Darcy achieved outline planning consent in December 2007. A Partnership Board, Coed Darcy Limited (CDL) was established to ensure development quality is achieved and monitored.

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