LLANELLI’S former registry office could be transformed into living accommodation for people with learning difficulties.
Carmarthenshire Council acquired the Coleshill Terrace building and adjacent office building in summer 2018.
The authority wants to create a supported living environment to help people with low to medium needs live independently.
Its planning application makes the case for two new units: one with four one-bedroom flats, with support available; the other a unit with four en-suite bedrooms, a communal lounge, kitchen, and space for a live-in support worker.
The plan is to add rear extensions to help facilitate the new accommodation, create two new communal gardens and also add a conservatory.
A supporting statement submitted as part of the council’s application said: “The programme is designed to enable people to live independently within their community by offering accommodation, with a support service on site.”
Health, social care and housing staff would run the project.
A bat survey has been carried out at the two buildings, plus an outbuilding and shed. No bat activity was detected, but further surveys have been recommended.
Registry office ceremonies in Llanelli normally take place at the Town Hall, Town Hall Square, but all face-to-face appointments have been postponed because of the coronavirus pandemic.
Planning services have also been affected, and new applications can only be sent to the authority digitally at present.
The council’s guidance on planning said: “At present, the council’s priority must be to protect and provide essential services for the most vulnerable in our community, and to that end, officers from planning services are being seconded on an urgent ‘needs must’ basis to support those endeavours.”