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Refreshed plan for student tower set for planning committee

Planning officers are recommending approval for the building of a 780-bedroom student tower near Swansea's city centre railway station.


They will recommend to a Swansea Council Planning Committee meeting on Tuesday, October 2, that the scheme is granted planning permission.

Approval would see the new building - described as having a "slender tower of bold design" - rise up to 17 storeys from the existing Mariner Street Car Park and neighbouring land. Its ground floor would have commercial units.

An officer report to committee members states: "The tower will be a bold addition to the city skyline and symbolises the successful regeneration of High Street.

"The 780 student rooms and high quality commercial space will generate significant levels of footfall and add a substantial boost to the diversification of High Street."

Planning officers say the proposal makes efficient use of an under-used plot of land.

They say the site "is close to many heritage assets" and that the proposal would "have a consistently beneficial relationship with these precious buildings."

The planning application has been submitted by Fusion Students to amend an original scheme for this site which was approved by planners in May, 2017.

The new application features commercial units, a courtyard and an angled top. It includes an improved student entrance.

Officers say the building will generate negligible amounts of road traffic. They say it complies with the council's tall building strategy and with the Swansea Central Area Regeneration Framework which aims to develop city living, achieve a high-quality environment and express a distintive identity. They say it complies with national planning guidance and with the Swansea Unitary Development Plan which encourages a sustainable approach to the development of a prosperous region.

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