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Council welcomes Coastal Housing plans for third phase of Urban Village

REGENERATION of Swansea city centre is set to receive a huge boost in the wake of the re-development of Oldway House and the construction of new student accommodation on Mariner Street.

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Work on a student village at Mariner Street is due to start in earnest shortly and following in its footsteps will be a third phase of Coastal Housing's multi-million pound Urban Village programme.

The project has already seen the revitalisation of the east-side of the High Street with new shops, businesses and homes set up there.

Now Coastal is working on plans to expand further up High Street and across the road to create links between The Strand, Orchard Street and the High Street itself.

The ambitious scheme being named Urban Village Phase 3 has been welcomed by the council as yet another confidence boost for the area and for the regeneration of the city centre as a whole.

Rob Stewart, Leader of Swansea Council, said Coastal's investment would be good for businesses and those seeking social housing in the city centre.

"Coastal's approach is exactly what the city needs. The Urban Village is an excellent example of partnership working that is helping to regenerating the High Street area.

"It helps support the foundations for future work businesses, the local authority and other agencies will be doing to continue the upgrade of the High Street area. Coastal's plans for the future make perfect sense.

"Towns and city centres are changing. You can see that wherever you go. The future of city centres lie in creating a mix of residential, retail and business environments so the communities feed off each other as well as being destinations for shoppers and visitors.

"The plan for the High Street area are a vote of confidence in its future and lend support to the wide-ranging regeneration of the city centre coming about through the City Deal.

"The two universities alone contribute more than £600m a year to the Swansea economy. Anything we can do to support that will strengthen jobs and business in the city."

Coastal's approach, which has been successful with the first two phases of the Urban Village project, is expected to see commercial and retail development at ground level with residential property on the floors above.

While the first two phases have been focussed predominantly on one and two-bedroom properties, a number of family homes are also planned for Phase 3.

Debbie Green, Chief Executive of Coastal Housing said: "We are very pleased with the way the Urban Village concept has gone. That's why we are ready to invest further in revitalising the High Street area of the city centre.

"Projects such as these need to be creative and attract the support of the many groups, organisations and individuals who have a stake in the future prosperity of the High Street area. That's what our plans are about. Regenerating the High Street means looking at the area between Swansea Central railway station and the city centre.

"But it also means thinking about how we can link it to the surrounding streets as well. That's why we want to see how the whole area can be redeveloped.

"Coming at a time when there are two major student accommodation developments nearby as well, our plans will link to theirs in the best interests of the High Street community and those nearby."

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