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28/03/2017

Mixed-use scheme submitted in Swansea

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An outline planning application that includes shops, restaurants and residential units has been submitted to the City and County of Swansea Council.

The site, which comprises the former St David’s shopping centre and the LC car park, has been temporarily rebranded as Swansea Central. Rivington Land is managing the site’s development for the council.

Outline planning permission is being sought for the refurbishment, alteration or demolition of existing building and structure on the site north of Oystermouth Road. This excludes St Mary’s Church and St David’s Church.

A maximum of 84,050 square metres of floor space is proposed. This would comprise retail, commercial, office, residential and leisure uses, as well as a multistorey car park. According to the plans, nothing would rise above seven storeys in height.

The plans suggest that on the south side of Oystermouth Road, 40,700 square metres of floor space is proposed. This would include a new digital indoor arena, a hotel or residential building of up to 13 storeys, and food and drink businesses.

A new pedestrian bridge over Oystermouth Road, new public open spaces on both sides of the site and improved public realm are also proposed.

Martin Nicholls, director of place at the council, said: “In combination with our plans to regenerate Kingsway and other parts of the city centre, the redevelopment of the Swansea Central site will give local residents and visitors a far better shopping, dining, leisure and recreational experience.”

He said the submission of the application follows “extensive consultation” to ensure that the plans meet the aspirations of the people of Swansea.

“The consultation showed 74 per cent of people were positive about the proposals, but we have listened to all views. This is why, to reflect feedback, an element of student accommodation that was originally proposed for the development site has now been removed.

“Subject to the approval of this outline planning application, detailed design work will then take place. Discussions with potential tenants will also continue, and we hope to soon have an indoor arena operator on board to help us work on the specification of the new arena attraction,” said Nicholls.

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