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Councillors back new Swansea neighbourhood

Words: Roger Milne
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A new neighbourhood providing hundreds of new homes at Penllergaer around 7.5 kilometres north-west of Swansea city centre and close to junction 47 of the M4 was backed this week by the city council’s planning committee.

Bellway Homes’ scheme, known as Parc Mawr, is the subject of a holding direction by Welsh ministers who must decide whether to call it in or refer it back to the planning authority.

Members supported a hybrid application for a residential-led, mixed-use development of up to 850 new homes, 20 per cent of which would be affordable, a 75-bed care home, a primary school, and a local centre. As well there are proposals for 13 play areas, two sports pitches, a multi-use games area, BMX track, allotments and many walking and cycling routes.   

The committee also approved detailed proposals for phase one of the scheme, which involves 184 dwellings.

The 79.6-hectare site is currently farmland and farm buildings will be demolished if the project goes ahead.

The site is identified as one of four strategic housing development areas in the adopted local development plan. There were about 700 objections to the scheme. 

The planning report considered by members said the application was “a highly significant development proposal for Swansea, the delivery of which would have a transformative impact upon an established residential area”.

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