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Swansea city regeneration gathers pace

Words: Roger Milne
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Further proposals for the regeneration of Swansea city centre are in the pipeline now that Coastal Housing has revealed it is working on a third phase of its Urban Village initiative.

So far, the project has been responsible for the revitalisation of the east side of the High Street with the provision of new shops and businesses – including a pioneering five-storey ‘creative cluster’ block – and social housing.

Now Coastal, a not-for-profit social housing provider, is working on plans to expand further up High Street and across the road to create links between The Strand, Orchard Street and the High Street itself.

Coastal is considering a scheme that would see commercial and retail development at ground level, with residential property on the floors above. As well as one and two-bedroom properties, a number of family homes are on the cards for this latest phase.

Debbie Green, chief executive of Coastal Housing, said: “We are very pleased with the way the Urban Village concept has gone. That’s why we are ready to invest further in revitalising the High Street area of the city centre.

“Regenerating the High Street means looking at the area between Swansea Central railway station and the city centre.

“But it also means thinking about how we can link it to the surrounding streets as well. That's why we want to see how the whole area can be redeveloped.”

As well as the Urban Village project, the city centre is the location for major new student accommodation schemes which, when complete, will deliver at least 1,300 bed spaces.

Meanwhile, in a separate but related move the city council has announced that it is seeking a partner to play a pivotal role in the proposed £750 million development of key city sites like the civic centre, Swansea Central Phase Two, the Sailbridge site and a large area of the former Hafod-Morfa Copperworks site.

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