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Swansea's development potential to be showcased at special event

By South Wales Evening Post  |  Posted: January 05, 2014

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AN event to showcase Swansea city centre to potential developers will take place in the coming months.

Swansea Council had been working in partnership with retail specialists Hammerson to redevelop the centre.

However, in October the Post revealed that Hammerson had pulled out of an agreement to redevelop a site seen by the authority as the city’s number one regeneration priority.

The council then announced a major review to find a new approach to developing the city centre and plans to hold a two-day conference to attract national and international experts. The Post has learned that Swansea Council now hopes this event will take place in the Spring.

A Swansea Council spokesman said: "We are carrying out a comprehensive review of the city centre strategy which will include a major consultation event later this year.

"The event will give local businesses and other organisations with an interest in the city centre the chance to share their views on how they feel the city centre should be regenerated in future.

"Areas like future uses, design and architecture will be among those looked at and experts in city centre regeneration and other relevant subjects will be invited to take part.

"This event will help inform the launch of a new strategy for the city centre in future."

Swansea regeneration experts Coastal Housing Group has previously expressed an interest in the St David’s shopping centre site.

Coastal Housing development director Gerraint Oakley said: "It is the sort of scheme that we want to be involved with, but it all comes down to pounds, pence and square footage.

"If there is anything we can do to help, we will put our names forward."

Coastal Housing is behind regeneration schemes in High Street, among others.

The significance of the St David’s and adjacent Quadrant shopping centres is highlighted in the council’s preferred local development plan (LDP) strategy, which is out for consultation. The LDP will be a key blueprint for the city’s future.

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  • Gowerview  |  January 06 2014, 11:46AM

    Wasn't this major consultation event planned for Jan 2014? Major ,high profile architects are to be invited to submit ideas on how to best develop Oldway House/St davids car park site. A major retail led regeneration scheme at the city centre is thirty years in the waiting. But it's just another example of the time warp and snail pace of the council regeneration senior management team. Hopefully no conflict of interest in the parc tawe site complicating things. Oldway House site is the site recommended in city centre strategic framework for the mixed use regeneration that will bring a step change in retail provision and a modern concert venue or the like. A 21st century,modern, vibrant environment is the planning brief. Hopefully the respected team who helped the Swansea city of culture bid can bring some impetus,urgency and focus to the city centre need for regeneration

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