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Plan for Swansea digital arena set for planning committee

Swansea planning officers are recommending that a detailed proposal for the building of a 3,500-capacity arena near the LC is approved.

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They will recommend to a planning committee meeting on Tuesday,October 2, that the expansive scheme is granted planning permission.

Approval by committee members would see the arena - described as having a "digitalised facade" - built on the existing LC car park.

Associated works on nearby land are also recommended for approval. They include new public space, separate car parks on each side of Oystermouth Road - one being a two-tier structure, the other a multi-storey, a coastal public park, a new pedestrian bridge replacing the existing span, and apartments and commercial units on the northern side of the main road. The scheme in its totality is known as Swansea Central Phase One.

An officer report to planning committee members states: "The new arena would support the aspiration to improve Swansea as a visitor destination."

It states: "The development will facilitate the physical and economic regeneration of the city centre through the introduction of new area of public realm and improved crossings over Oystermouth Road."

Officers say the proposal would "provide the economic growth for the regeneration of Swansea city centre and strengthen its role as a regional shopping and leisure destination."

They say it is anticipated that Swansea Central Phase One would help regenerate and attract investment to neighbouring land northwards towards Castle Square. This would be known as Swansea Central Phase Two.

They say: "The delivery of a significant mix of new uses, including a 3,500-capacity arena, commercial floorspace, residential units and effectively designed car parking will deliver economic, social and environmental benefits.

"The provision of the 944 replacement car parking spaces will ensure that the site is accessible and that there is no impact on city centre parking provision."

The council is also progressing a scheme to increase the Fabian Way park and ride by 350 additional spaces.

The planning application has been submitted by Swansea Council, adding key detail to outline planning approval that was granted in June 2017.

The digital indoor arena plans form part of the Swansea City and Waterfront Digital District project, which is due to be part-funded, subject to the approval of a business case, by the Swansea Bay City Deal - a £1.3 billion investment in 11 major projects across South West Wales.

You can see the detailed plans on the web page - www.bit.ly/SxCentralPh1.

 

 

 

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