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The Royal Mint Visitor Centre Approved

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Plans for a £7.7m Visitor Centre at The Royal Mint - the only one of its kind in the world - have been given the go-ahead byRhondda Cynon Taf Council.

Planning permission was granted by the Council's Development Control Committee on March 5, allowing the development of this unique visitor attraction to go ahead.

Cllr Andrew Morgan, Leader of Rhondda Cynon Taf County Borough Council, said: "We are delighted planning permission has been granted for the Royal Mint's exciting new Visitor Centre, which will be the only one of its kind and a world-class tourist destination.

"The benefits of the Visitor Centre to the wider economy, including local businesses and other tourist attractions, will be vast as it will create new jobs in the area and potentially attract thousands of visitors to the County Borough each year.

"The realisation of these plans will represent a significant investment within RCT by an organisation of international importance and prestige and this is why the Council has worked closely with colleagues from the Royal Mint in developing the plans for the Visitor Centre over recent years.

"In an official statement, the Royal Mint said it has come "one step closer to opening the doors of South Wales' newest visitor experience" after plans for its Visitor Centre received final planning approval.

On their website, the Royal Mint, based at Llantrisant Business Park, Pontyclun, said: "Construction of the purpose-built centre at The Royal Mint's home in Llantrisant can now start in earnest, with the breaking of ground for the new building expected to take place in April this year. Completion is planned for Spring 2016.

"The Royal Mint, Britain's oldest manufacturing organisation, currently makes coins and medals for around 60 countries worldwide, so it is no surprise that news of the Visitor Centre has attracted enquiries from the UK and across the globe from members of the public anxious to get behind the scenes to see where their money and medals are made.

"Once it is open to the public, visitors to The Royal Mint will be able to take a tour of high-security plant in the heart of Rhondda Cynon Taf, gaining first-hand knowledge of the manufacturing journey from concept to coin.

Visitors will also be able to discover the often poignant stories behind The Royal Mint's medal-making processes.

A series of engaging static and interactive experiences will bring to life the 1,000 year-old institution's rich heritage.

Shane Bissett, The Royal Mint's Head of Commemorative Coin and Medals, said "This is an exciting development in our mission to welcome visitors to a unique behind the scenes experience.

"The new Visitor Centre will showcase over 1,000 years of coin-making history,  and showcase the heritage, craftsmanship and innovation for which The Royal Mint is known all over the world.

"The plans for The Royal Mint Visitor Centre also include landscaped frontage and visitor parking at the site and will create 40 new jobs as well as safeguard a further 21.

Announcing the funding during a visit to The Royal Mint, Tourism Minister Edwina Hart said: "The new visitor centre will be an all-year and all-weather visitor attraction showcasing a unique product and a global brand and will incorporate a rich heritage resource alongside a live factory working environment. The project has the potential to be an iconic attraction for Wales."

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