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Green light for Swansea regeneration scheme

Published:  06 June, 2017

Outline planning application approved for 1.3m-sq ft mixed-use scheme

Swansea Council has has approved an outline planning application for the Swansea Central development. The project will deliver 1.3m sq ft of new space on two sites either side of Oystermouth Road.

Plans for land south of Oystermouth Road, currently a car park, include a 3,500-capacity digital indoor arena and conference centre above a new multi-storey car park, as well as a hotel of up to 13 storeys. The site north of Oystermouth Road, formerly the St David’s shopping centre, will house new shops, restaurants, cafés, landscaped public areas, a boutique cinema and additional car parking. Work is expected to start by mid-2018.

Rivington Land is managing the development for Swansea Council and chief executive David Lewis said: “The Swansea Central scheme will considerably enhance the city centre’s shopping attraction, while also giving local residents and visitors a much improved dining, leisure and recreational experience. We’re continuing to press ahead with the development on the Council’s behalf, with the aim of delivering the venue and hotel on the south site in 2020, and completing the whole development in 2022.

“Securing outline planning consent with flexibility to adapt to individual requirements will help to create more certainty for the various target occupiers, including an anchor tenant. This consent is a significant step towards demonstrating delivery of this transformational development for Swansea city centre. It clearly shows the conviction and commitment of the council to ensure its delivery, and is vital to help to convince new occupiers to commit to investment in Swansea.”

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