A BARRY couple aiming to build a hydrotherapy pool in the town are set to apply for planning permission.

Natalie and Craig O’Shea, along with business partner Sarah Moignard, have already cleared the plot of land – between Tynewydd Road and Woodlands Road – which they bought at auction last March.

They now have detailed architects’ drawings and hope to submit plans to the Vale Council in the next few weeks.

Their proposal – for the Woodland Aquatic & Wellbeing Centre – has received glowing endorsements from Adam Cairns, chief executive of Cardiff and Vale University Health Board, and Simon Jones, Disability Sport Wales development officer for the Vale.

Local MP Alun Cairns has also given his backing to the project, saying it would provide ‘a much-needed facility for the local community’.

Natalie said: “We have had all the land cleared and have been working hard on the architecture so we get the right building.

“We are very happy with the plans. It is very much dependant on funding, but we are hoping that with a positive attitude it will all come together.”

The trio are seeking financial support from the Barry Regeneration Scheme, the Waterloo Foundation and British Gas to add to their own significant financial investment in the project.

“At the moment there is no facility like it in the Vale,” added Natalie.

“It will give people the chance to experience pain-free movement.”

The design would allow access for people with all forms of disabilities, with a variety of changing facilities and hoists.

The building would also have its own parking facility, and would be an alternative environment for children and adults to learn to swim.

“We went for a pre-planning application meeting before Christmas and the planners were very impressed with the design and proposals,” added Natalie.

“We have had nothing but positive feedback from everyone, including local businesses and residents.”

Alun Cairns, MP said: “To know that this derelict area on the corner of Woodlands Road and Tynewydd Road could provide a much needed facility for the local community is something I’m keen to support.”

●For further information or to demonstrate your support for the plans, visit the Woodlands Aquatic and Wellbeing Centre Facebook page or email woodlandsaquatic@hotmail.co.uk