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Urban regeneration in Wales

Wales has gained a reputation for regeneration thanks to areas of redevelopment that have taken place where the Welsh coal industry once stood.

The Land Reclamation division of the WDA, offers grants to recycle derelict land and brownfield sites leading to many towns and cities are joining the ranks to rejuvenate themselves.

Regeneration projects such as the £250m plan for Llanelli's waterside, the SA1 development in Swansea and local regeneration projects like Victoria Dock in Caernarfon and Barry Waterfront scratch the surface of development Wales is going under.

The revival of Cardiff docklands was the The first large-scale regeneration, and its success has triggered a ripple effect.

SA1 Swansea Waterfront has become one of the largest industrial transformations owing to an investment of £200m. The first residential phases is now complete - combining living and working under one roof in a New York style 2 storey duplex.

The waterside regeneration bug has spread to Llanelli. Once a town whose fortune lay in tin and steel, it is now thriving from a colossal regeneration scheme.

You only have to visit Wales' first Nicklaus-designed golf course at Machynys Peninsula Golf & Country Club in the Millennium Coastal Park for proof that Llanelli is back on the map.

The £2m Discovery Centre has a top location on the beach, and is set to attract one million visitors by 2008.

What was once 2,000 acres of wasteland is now a thriving hub for leisure and tourism in Carmarthenshire. Cardiff Bay has become the second largest regeneration scheme in Europe and the Llanelli's Millennium Coastal Park is the biggest land reclamation project in the UK.

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