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Blogger Lawrence Bailey finds a retail rule that makes no sense

By South Wales Evening Post  |  Posted: August 12, 2014

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Swansea councillors will decide whether to back make-over proposals for Parc Tawe. The plans are modest in scope but it's what we should expect for a location that has struggled commercially in recent times.

Years ago, a speculative developer proposed a redesign of the entire retail park and road system. He wanted to create a mini-roundabout at the junction of Welcome Lane and the Strand. This would have allowed a new direct vehicle access into Parc Tawe.

It eventually came to nothing but I believe it would have revitalised the entire area. The plan also included a revamp for Welcome House which has since fallen into semi-dereliction.

I expect the Hammersons application to go through but I do hope that someone challenges the bizarre situation which prohibits the sale of food, clothing and footwear.

This makes no sense. It has nothing to do with protecting the city centre, especially when you have a Lidl store in the second Parc Tawe phase just across the road.

Surely it's tough enough competing with out of town retail outlets without adding further daft hurdles of our own.

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  • Gowerview  |  August 12 2014, 11:07AM

    Almost spot on in your summary of the lack of landmark regeneration - too many cooks . But Parc Tawe & city centre need a major redesign and need jobs and greater investment and footfall. The only reason for the planning restrictions at Parc Tawe are surely to enable a landmark retail led mixed use regeneration of St Davids car park site. The city centre must have a centre and on my understanding of reading the plans the St Davids car park and Oldway House site is THE heart and where the economic lifeline needs to be focused. How many decades has Swansea waited for such regeneration. I cannot understand why Hammersons retail plans were ditched for the city centre. And it must be of concern that no private sector development partners are in place for the city centre regeneration. My wish would be for a more modern ,cleaner and fully occupied Parc Tawe and a landmark ,high quality 21st century city centre regeneration i.e House of Fraser anchored regeneration of centre -St Davids pay and display car park currently. Would a developer look at turning Parc Tawe into a Macarthur Glenn designer discount outlet type venue. Would that kill off the city centre completely? It has to be a development that compliments the city centre not competes with it. This goes back to the decades of poor planning and indecision on regeneration within Swansea local authority. . Swansea should surely be prioritising a landmark economic regeneration and lifeline for the city centre. The silence is deafening with regard this when really work needs to start on building this. (Carmarthen is a really good example of a first class regeneration completed quickly)

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