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Consultation launched on Mumbles Conservation Area

Residents in Mumbles are being given the opportunity to have their say on proposals aimed at preserving its heritage as one of the best places in Wales to live.

Mumbles Conservation Area Map

The picturesque seaside village is a destination for hundreds of thousands of visitors every year and recently it was named by The Sunday Times newspaper as the best place to live in Wales.

Now Swansea Council is seeking views from residents, businesses and visitors alike about extending the Mumbles Conservation Area to help maintain the heritage and atmosphere that has enthralled visitors and residents alike for many years.

No decisions have been made on changes to the current arrangements and none will be until Swansea Council's Planning Committee has had an opportunity to see the feedback.

The Council is also staging public drop-in sessions on June 12 at the Ostreme Centre, Mumbles between 12-6pm that'll be followed by a walking tour of the area starting at 6:30pm from Oyster Wharf, Mumbles.

David Hopkins, Cabinet Member for Planning, said Mumbles is a unique, historic place loved by millions of visitors over the years.

He said: "At the moment the conservation area starts at the entrance to the village running along Mumbles Road to Verdi's and also includes areas such as Western Lane, Devon Place and Village Lane.

"The proposals suggest extending the conservation area to cover the area between Oystermouth Road and Overland Road, including Newton Road and Oystermouth Castle."

He said: "Anyone living in the current Mumbles Conservation Area or other conservation areas in Swansea will have enjoyed the character and qualities that make them special with the added reassurance that they are protected and can be enhanced through the planning process.

"The amendments to the village's conservation area status would mean is that any planning application to change the look or use of property would have to have due regard to the overall ambience of the area."

The Mumbles Conservation Area was introduced in 1969 and has not been updated since. For the first time the area around the historic Oystermouth Castle would get conservation area status. Shopping streets and streets with private homes would also take on conservation area status.

Cllr Robert Francis-Davies, Cabinet Member for Culture, Tourism and Major Projects, said: "We all know the dramatic views and settings created by the wooded cliffs, coastline and beaches and Mumbles' role in the history of Swansea and South Wales is second to none. It is a hugely-important visitor destination and the businesses there contribute enormously to our local tourism economy.

"As a gateway to the Gower, we would all want to look after Mumbles' future by taking care of its past."

To find out more about the proposals, take part in the consultation or attend the drop-in session next month, visit www.swansea.gov.uk/mumblesconservationarea

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