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Outline planning application approved for major Swansea city centre regeneration plans

Multi-million pound plans to transform Swansea city centre into a top class destination for retail, leisure and recreation have taken a major step forward.

Swansea Central scheme

Swansea Council's Planning Committee has now approved an outline planning application for the Swansea Central development site that's made up of land both north and south of Oystermouth Road.

Plans for land south of Oystermouth Road, on the current LC car park area, include a 3,500-capacity digital indoor arena and conference centre above a new multi-storey car park, as well as a hotel of up to 13 storeys.

New shops, restaurants, cafés, landscaped public areas, a boutique cinema and plenty of car parking spaces are among the plans for the former St David's shopping centre site north of Oystermouth Road.

Rivington Land is managing the development of the 125,000 square metre overall scheme for Swansea Council. A broad pedestrian bridge over Oystermouth Road is also planned to link the northern part of the development with the south.

Martin Nicholls, Director of Place at Swansea Council, said: "The approval of outline planning consent for this scheme is a major step forward for the regeneration of Swansea city centre.

"This approval means we can now especially push on with our plans for the site that's south of Oystermouth Road, which will form the first phase of the overall development.

"Working in partnership with Rivington Land and their design team, detailed design work will now take place on the planned indoor arena, hotel, multi-storey car park and pedestrian bridge. We also soon hope to appoint an indoor arena operator as the southern development site's anchor tenant, who can work with us on the design and specification of the attraction.

"Once specific plans are in place, planning consent will again be needed, but we're looking to start work on the southern site of the overall development by the late spring or early summer of 2018."

Other imminent work will include a detailed travel plan and the appointment of a hotel operator.

Approval of outline planning consent also means discussions with potential retail and leisure tenants for the development site north of Oystermouth Road can also now gather pace. This includes discussions with potential retail anchor tenants for the major, mixed-use scheme that's being proposed.

David Lewis, Chief Executive of Rivington Land, said: "The Swansea Central scheme will considerably enhance the city centre's shopping attraction, while also giving local residents and visitors a much improved dining, leisure and recreational experience. We're continuing to press ahead with the development on the Council's behalf, with the aim of delivering the venue and hotel on the south site in 2020, and completing the whole development in 2022.

"Securing outline planning consent with flexibility to adapt to individual requirements will help to create more certainty for the various target occupiers, including an anchor tenant. This consent is a significant step towards demonstrating delivery of this transformational development for Swansea city centre. It clearly shows the conviction and commitment of the council to ensure its delivery, and is vital to help to convince new occupiers to commit to investment in Swansea."

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