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Government lodges plans for 800-home village on edge of Swansea

Words: Roger Milne
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Outline proposals for an 800-home development on the outskirts of Swansea have been submitted by consultancy WYG on behalf of the Welsh Government.

The government has claimed that the scheme would be “an exemplar Welsh village for the 21st century”.

A new primary school, playing fields, local centre, recreation and other community facilities are also planned. The project has been named Pentre Felindre.

The new neighbourhood is earmarked for part of a 190-hectare location allocated as one of six mixed-use strategic development areas in the emerging local development plan.

The land at Felindre is owned by the Welsh Government (134 hectares) and Swansea City Council (56 hectares). The council has already set out some of the site as a yet unoccupied business park – Parc Felindre.

The residential scheme is proposed for land that is largely in agricultural use. Under WYG’s proposals more than half of the 77-hectare site area would be left undeveloped with the three ‘discrete’ built elements of the village arranged around existing woodland.

The government and the city council have formed a joint venture to promote the strategic development area, which was once home to a tinplate works, now demolished. The city centre and coastline lie 6.5km to the south of the area.

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