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Decision due over controversial marina flats

By South Wales Evening Post  |  Posted: May 26, 2014

By Richard Youle / richard.youle@swwmedia.co.uk / @YoulePost

Outline planning permission has been sought for a four-storey block of 50 flats in Swansea marina.

Outline planning permission has been sought for a four-storey block of 50 flats in Swansea marina.

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CONTENTIOUS plans for new flats at Swansea Marina come before city councillors tomorrow.

Applicant Waterstone Estates Ltd wants outline planning permission for a four-storey block of 50 flats, one retail unit and underground parking on land bordered by Trawler Road and Fishmarket Quay.

There has been huge interest in the leasing arrangements of the Swansea Council-owned site, with the Labour administration referring the matter to Wales Audit Office.

But Swansea planning officers said this lease aspect, which the audit office concluded not to have been unreasonable, was not a material planning consideration.

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The key matter, they said in a planning report, was whether the proposal was acceptable at this particular location, its impact on the occupiers of the development given the noise of the nearby boat yard, and traffic considerations.

According to the report, two senior council figures — the divisional manager for housing, public health and pollution, and the marina manager — have concerns due to the noise from the boat yard's hoist and other tools. But Waterstone Estates Ltd said it would upgrade the glazing specification, among other measures — and has also offered £10,000 towards the costs of modifying and improving the boat hoist. This, in turn, led the planning officers to conclude that recommending refusal would be "unsustainable".

The original application — since revised — prompted 207 letters of objection.

But planning officers said they felt the proposal, on previously developed rather than greenfield land, was acceptable — and have recommended approval.

Councillors will run the rule over it at tomorrow's planning meeting.

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  • Jiffy  |  May 27 2014, 7:08AM

    Other than the museum and leisure centre, the marina isn't a destination for tourists. It's one of the boring areas on the Swansea seafront, unless you're obsessed by gin palaces. As for the potential noise problem, the constant tinkling of the sailing boats ironware would drive me nuts on a windy day.

  • TaipeiSteve  |  May 26 2014, 6:34PM

    . I realize that people need places to live, but shouldn't developments in the Marina. SA1, river-front and Mumbles also include provision cafes and restaurant (at least on the ground floor). Based on the present style of development, Swansea will be nothing more than car parks and apartment blocks, interspersed with Tescos and US-style fast food eateries.

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