In order to deliver economic prosperity, there is clearly a need to ensure an adequate supply of employment land to meet the requirements of business and investment.
Locally this will be assessed through the Economic Regeneration Strategy, as well as the Welsh Assembly Government's Property Strategy for Employment in Wales, which provides a context for strategic employment sites in Wales.
At present four strategic sites are providing a focus for regeneration activity primarily for employment purposes.
The Felindre site comprises some 190 hectares of land in the ownership of the Welsh Assembly Government and the City and County of Swansea, situated 7.5 kms from Swansea City Centre, with direct access to M4 Junction 46.
It is a strategic employment site of a size, in a location and with a dedicated junction to the M4 which makes it unique in Wales and probably Britain. It is of regional significance particularly within the context of the Wales Spatial Plan.
Significant investment has already been made in land acquisition, site infrastructure works and land reclamation, access roads and a dedicated junction with the M4. Further investment in infrastructure, particularly utilities, is now programmed with the first development on site anticipated to start in April 2008.
The vision for Felindre is to develop the site as a high level strategic business park serving South Wales. Developments will be of high design quality and the site will be for specific business uses only to accommodate emerging industries, high tech manufacturing and high level services plus ancillary uses. General manufacturing, processing and office services are not appropriate at this site.
Swansea Vale comprising some 190 hectares (470 acres), Swansea Vale provides unrivalled potential for business and residential development. This flagship development is located only five miles from Swansea City Centre and is a model for city expansion. Swansea Vale is managed by the Swansea Joint Venture - a partnership between the City and County of Swansea and the Welsh Assembly Government.
Swansea West Business Park is the largest postwar industrial estate in Swansea. It is located 4 miles north-west of the City Centre and 2 miles from M4 junction 47 between the A484 / A4070 Carmarthen Road and the main West Wales railway line. Primary access to the estate is gained via the traffic signalled Carmarthen Road / Kingsway junction.
Swansea West Business Park (SWBP) is a strategic employment location. The existing estate accommodates approximately 140 firms employing in the region of 1,500 people. The 25ha Felinfach, extension to the Business Park, is being developed at a pace with all plots fully committed.
The emerging Swansea Unitary Development Plan (UDP, Pre-Inquiry Modifications 2006), policy EC1, identifies some 40ha of land south of the Afon Llan for employment uses, and the Council and WAG are working towards bringing this land forward for development. Alcoa have now ceased production and their 35ha site presents a significant redevelopment opportunity.