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Historic part of Swansea to get new lease of life

By South Wales Evening Post  |  Posted: January 31, 2013

By Rupert Hall

  • An artist's impression of how the new Swansea development may look

  • A classic view of the Castle Lane area

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NEW life could soon be breathed into a historic part of Swansea city centre.

Coastal Housing has been granted planning permission to go ahead with an £8 million redevelopment of land off Castle Lane.

The mixed-use site, which could be made up of apartments, restaurants, cafes and shops has, according to Coastal, the potential to create 110 jobs through construction and eventual employment created by the scheme.

Coastal, which is also behind the £25 million Urban Village at the top of Swansea High Street, is looking to create “affordable” housing commercial units on land to the South of Castle Lane.

The firm has secured permission for its plans to create 26 rented apartments and four duplex units overlooking the Castle in a development known as the Castle Quarter.

The ground floor will be made up of a small number of commercial units including a kiosk on the strand.

According to documents submitted to Swansea Council by Coastal, Castle Lane has lost most of its historic character.

A design and access document connected to the scheme states: “It remains now a largely forgotten and under-utilised pedestrian route, framed by derelict and abandoned houses and leftover areas of green space around the castle walls, fenced in and never used.”

Demolition of three buildings in the path of the Castle Quarter scheme is almost complete and construction work is likely to begin in spring this year, subject to further site investigations.

Coastal expects the project will be fully completed in summer, 2014.

The firm’s director of development, Gerraint Oakley, said: “We are pleased to have gained planning approval for this unique scheme which will reinvigorate this historic area while offering prestigious duplex apartments and high-quality affordable accommodation in the heart of the city.

“We are already in negotiations with high-profile retailers interested in the restaurant units in the Castle Quarter scheme, which could make it a real destination venue for local people.”

Coastal has had to consider community safety in developing its scheme and, in supporting documents to Swansea Council, admits the area is often the location of vagrancy, drink and drug taking.

The statement reads: “The sense of safety down Castle Lane and onto the Strand is a real impediment to reintroducing this corridor as an integral part of city centre life.”

Coastal is proposing enhanced CCTV coverage of the area and fully secured entrances with controlled access only available to residents or authorised people by keypad.

Entry to the private residential courtyard will also be gated and secured with recessed spaces in the scheme minimised.

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  • antyall  |  January 31 2013, 8:41PM

    DAVIDSKETTY. There is only one pound shop in Swansea,What have you got against wheel chair users and social housing?

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  • Dr_Conker  |  January 31 2013, 5:39PM

    DAVIDSKETTY,"Please no more "affordable" housing in Swansea." I take it you would prefer unaffordable housing instead? The Bedroom Tax becomes law in a couple of months, leaving many thousands of people in Swansea downsizing, desperately looking for more affordable properties. If you dont like poor and disabled people "servicing the pound shops" might I suggest you move to a more affluent area where disability scooters are banned.

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  • TaipeiSteve  |  January 31 2013, 5:23PM

    Personally, I like small, distinctive developments such as this and the Urban Village further up the road. Shopping malls definitely have their place, but it is these kinds of developments that give a city character and act as points of interest. I look forward to seeing the finished product.

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  • DAVIDSKETTY  |  January 31 2013, 11:48AM

    Please no more "affordable" housing in Swansea. I can't cope with any more chavs and mobility scooters in the centre of Swansea servicing all the pound shops !

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