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Draft Swansea Central Area Green Infrastructure Strategy

The Council and Natural Resources Wales (NRW) have been working together with Green Infrastructure Consultancy to develop a draft Swansea Central Area Green Infrastructure Strategy - Regenerating our City for Wellbeing and Wildlife.

Failure to adapt to and mitigate for climate change is no longer an option if we are to continue to provide an economically prosperous hub for the Swansea Bay City Region.  Green infrastructure (or nature) is well documented to be a cost effective way to address the challenge of climate change whilst offering multiple benefits. 

The strategy is designed to bring more nature into the Swansea Central Area, nature which provides multiple benefits such as:

  • addressing climate change,
  • increasing biodiversity,
  • improving residents and visitors wellbeing and enjoyment,
  • increasing investor confidence in the benefits of green infrastructure.

The draft strategy is designed to support the Local Development Plan (LDP) and emerging Supplementary Planning Guidance on Green Infrastructure.  It contributes to Natural Resources Wales and Swansea Council's duties under the Well-being of Future Generations (Wales) Act 2015 and the Environment (Wales) Act 2016 and will support the application of the Statutory SuDS Standard 2019 and the Swansea Public Service Board's 'Working with Nature' Objective.

In February 2019 we spoke to many local residents and businesses who told us they wanted a greener city which:

  • has fewer hard surfaces,
  • uses nature to provide space for wildlife and bring people joy,
  • improves visitor and trading experience,
  • is a destination and liveable city,
  • is a city which can adapt to and mitigate for climate change.

For further information please contact Penny Gruffydd penny.gruffydd@swansea.gv.uk or on 01792 636583 or 07976 898318. 

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