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Long term plan for city set for February approval

Swansea's Local Development Plan (LDP) is to be considered for adoption at the end of February 2019.

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The plan is the culmination of more than six years of work by Swansea Council who must produce a long term plan of where and what land is used for over a ten year period.

The draft LDP was presented to the Council in the summer of 2017 and included a public consultation. Welsh Government Planning Inspectors have also been examining the plan with a view to reporting back to the council on its findings. This process was completed at the end of 2018.

Once adopted, the LDP will help guide the council on future planning decisions relating to hundreds of sites across the city.

Everything from housing, community facilities, business development and new school facilities are featured in the plan.

The main focus during its development was to identify key strategic sites that could meet future demand of housing needs. Housing developers are now working with the Council to help develop these sites.

David Hopkins, Cabinet Member for Delivery, said: "The council has been working hard on preparing the LDP for the last six years. We've gone through a number of specific drafts and the public consultations have resulted in a huge amount of valuable feedback which has helped strengthen the document.

"I'm delighted we are now at the final hurdle which is to approve the plan formally.

"I'm also confident the emphasis of the plan is to address the needs of this city in terms of taking it forward as a modern developing city - where important factors like expanding populations and increases in business development are at the heart of it."

"Over the period of the plan we will be looking to develop around 17,000 new homes and create more than 13,000 new jobs."

Recently, one of the strategic sites featured in the plan was given approval to enable a site in the north of the city to develop up to 1950 new homes, along with new primary school facilities, link roads, community facilities including sports and public open spaces.

Cllr Hopkins added: "Our assessments on population growth mean that we have to make provision for large numbers of housing, effectively creating new communities. It's important that the public appreciates this is not just about housing. To ensure these new communities can exist, the plans also need to consider important elements such as new schools, highway improvements and leisure space.

"All the strategic sites will feature similar requirements so that the city can expand in the right way and Swansea can grow as a modern city."

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