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.
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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