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Coed Darcy Urban Village

Alan was a founding member of the Coed Darcy Urban Village project and wrote the original Mission Statement on behalf of BP. During his 7 year involvement with Coed Darcy he learnt much about the need to appreciate, understand and respect the needs of differing interest and stakeholder groups in order to achieve success.

Alan led the planning application process on behalf of BP Oil for the Coed Darcy Urban Village, which achieved Planning Consent in 2008.

The transformation of a 1,000 acre former Oil Refinery into a new proposed sustainable urban village community comprising 4,000 homes and 53,000 sq m of additional development. Coed Darcy is recognised as one of the UK’s “Top 100” Regeneration Projects “Regeneration and Renewal magazine” and has featured in a BBC 2 television documentary “The Prince’s Welsh Village”.

This complex planning application required a suite of supporting technical information including an Appropriate Assessment, Environmental Impact Assessment and Transport Impact Assessment. As the Village will be built alongside a Site of Special Scientific Interest the application also required detailed liaison and consent from the Countryside Commission for Wales.

The Coed Darcy Urban Village Project team comprised representatives from BP, Neath Port Talbot CBC, Welsh Assembly Government and The Princes Foundation and its future development is being taken forward by St Modwen Properties PLC.


“BP D’Arcy Development has made a radical and long lasting difference to the local community in Neath by regenerating industry and more importantly, encouraging self sufficiency”.

Trevor Bates,
The Daily Telegraph