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£5.5m affordable housing plan unveiled for SA1 waterfront

By South Wales Evening Post  |  Posted: August 16, 2014

The 1.5 acre site will be used for new affordable homes on the waterfront.

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A NEW £5.5million development in Swansea's SA1 has been announced.

Coastal Housing has bought a 1.5 acre site from the Welsh Government to create a residential development, with a range of affordable homes, on the waterfront.

Work, which is subject to planning, is due to start in 2016 and will include training opportunities.

Coastal Housing's director of development Gareth Davies said: "We are extremely pleased to have another opportunity to be involved in the ongoing development at SA1.

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"It will provide much needed homes for rent and for sale in what is becoming one of the most sought-after locations in Swansea."

The site, acquired by Coastal Housing for £720,000, will be the group's third investment on SA1, having already built 69 affordable apartments and 79 retirement apartments.

This scheme will include affordable one and two-bedroom apartments, as well as 27 three and four-bedroom family homes which will be for sale.

During construction there will be a number of opportunities for local people to gain on-the-job skills so the project will benefit young and unemployed people struggling to find work.

Coastal Housing says it has a full-time dedicated targeted recruitment and training officer whose job it is to ensure that every single construction contract concluded by the group includes requirements for contractors to provide training and apprenticeship placements.

The organisation is a not-for-profit industrial and provident society which works across Swansea, Neath Port Talbot and Carmarthenshire, specialising in regeneration.

SA1 is a Welsh Government mixed use development which is regenerating and transforming 100 acres of land surrounding the Prince of Wales Dock with sites overlooking the River Tawe and fronting the Fabian Way gateway into the city centre. The University of Wales Trinity St David is also planning a new waterfront campus on SA1.

Economy Minister Edwina Hart added: "SA1 is now a key employment site and has also proved to be a very popular residential quarter.

"Our aim has always been to create a thriving community so I am pleased Coastal Housing Group plans to reinvest in the area and build more affordable homes while creating training opportunities for local people."

Helen Keates / helen.keates@swwmedia.co.uk / @HelenKeates

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  • TaipeiSteve7  |  August 18 2014, 6:30PM

    Personally, I'm happy to see social housing in SA1/Marina or in my own area, Mayals. It was a great shame of the UK that during the industrial revolution, the factory owners lived in airy mansions, while the poor were huddled together in TB infected slums. Surely, we don't want to return to that mentality – the rich and wealthy living on the sea front, while the blue collar workers are carefully hidden over the mountains. Hey, this is Swansea, not Monaco or LA! My disillusion with the proposal had nothing to do with the cost of the apartments, but more to do with the number of apartments in an area that has the potential (or at least did) to rejuvenate the city. Restaurants and cafes don't have to be high end, but it would be great to have some water-front places that have character, offer live music and sell creative dishes. San Francisco and Seattle have some wonderful ocean facing entertainment venues that ooze with character, but are totally inexpensive. Let's hope that this can be the final apartment only development on any of our waterfronts and that the council starts to revitalize this city before it reaches a point of no return. LDNJack: I totally don't agree that Swansea is too poor or too small for such developments. Such businesses have just not been given the right environment to thrive. If the Marina/Sa1 had been developed as a destination, there would be plenty of people willing to eat there (as there is in Mumbles/Langland), but who wants to walk around utilitarian apartment blocks. Lack of vision not lack of bucks killed the café/restaurant industry in the Marina.

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  • Gowerview  |  August 18 2014, 5:14PM

    Ask the business community in Swansea what they'd like to see? I think they'd like to see something classed as landmark...ie no more flats . There are sites next to the Dylan Thomas centre , Spontex site and the boat storage area - a big space opposite J-Shed which is allocated as commercial/leisure in the land Use masterplan. Planning (GOVT central and local ) should be asked why no concert venue / indoor ice rink/ restaurants in these huge plots of land ?

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  • Gowerview  |  August 18 2014, 5:09PM

    LDNJack , what a depressing outlook you paint. Swansea could be a vibrant, stay-cation waterfront city if the city centre and SA1 were granted an economic lifeline by government . If the city was backed and an ambitious planning template was followed then I think we'd see more long term sustainable jobs , a better connected city to waterfront,private sector engagement and economic optimism. Other towns like Carmarthen , in rural areas have done it. Landmark regeneration of town centre has taken place. Jobs , investment and increased visitor numbers have resulted. For that to happen you need the Council to facilitate not interfere and to have an ambitious intent, to have the Senydd and it's regeneration office on board and work with dedicated urban regeneration experts. Over thirty years of waiting since last city centre regeneration, I thought these ingredients would have been in place by now !!!

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  • LDNJack  |  August 18 2014, 2:57PM

    Zoomer, your figures are seriously flawed. You seem to be assuming that a single person will buy a 3-bed property. Most likely a couple will or a family. So two earners with a total for £40-£50K a year plus £20K deposit. So a house of around £140-£170K would be affordable to them. But are these properties aimed at first time buyers? Probably not. So they buyers could have a bigger deposit. I'm not sure why you think single people will be buying all these properties.

  • LDNJack  |  August 18 2014, 2:51PM

    @TapeiSteve - yours is a great idea but i don't think there's enough demand in Swansea for cafes, resturants, etc in SA1. I remember when such units opened in the Marina. They didn't last long because there weren't enough customers. You need skyscrapers to have enough people to make businesses like that viable. Not many will go to SA1 just for a coffee for example They'll go to a cafe near where they are doing other things. e.g. city center or retail park. And there aren't enough residents in SA1 to make more than one or two businesses viable. Swansea is just to small for many things, especially in a n area out of the city center like SA1. Far better to develop the center and get businesses back there. But I can't see that happening with the extortionate rent and rates that the council charge. Swansea has 2nd rate Councillors so it will always be like this. Retailers and others just aren't interested in Swansea. It's too small and too poor.

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  • LDNJack  |  August 18 2014, 2:42PM

    More social housing in SA1. The area is really going downhill fast. This will be a slum area in another 20 years or so. I pity the private owners who bought in SA1. How demeaning to be joined by the social housing brigade. Social housing should be on the edge of town. Keep the rabble out of town.

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  • Gwyddno  |  August 18 2014, 1:58PM

    PinkyLazarre: nedokah has posted comments in the past as hadoken and he is an extremely sick, misanthropic and twisted individual. Many of hadoken's comments get deleted due to their extreme nature.

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  • PinkyLazarre  |  August 18 2014, 1:21PM

    I refer to nedokah's derrogatory comment. I only hope he / she gets old, loses their job, gets shoved into the centre of the town with the old, the "mental" whatever and reads that comment back to themselves at some point. As for development, why more coffee shops and expensive restaurants? Aren't there enough as it is? If you truly want to make use of the area then build a school, clinic, community centre, auto garage, shopping hub, a park, entertainment venue, skating rink, bike track ANYTHING other than expensive accommodation out of the reach of the general hoi polloi and overrated expensive coffee shops. Turn it into a maritime community, a bustling area that people can GO to not just pass through and that also the people currently living in SA1 will go to and use. At the moment there's not much to keep the occupants there!

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  • Gwyddno  |  August 18 2014, 1:02PM

    Surfside: The Marina is a soulless, boring and in some parts creepy zone and was that way right from the time that the old dock was developed for owner-occupier dwellings. You're welcome to it along with your belief in speculator and estate agents' sales guff.

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  • Gowerview  |  August 18 2014, 12:26PM

    Pinky...the criticism is of the regeneration decision makers. The people earning 6 figure salaries in County Hall, Senydd @ Cardiff Bay,and the supposed 'partners' that have delivered very little in terms of a 21st century Swansea.

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