Firm depot plan offers hope to park site
A MAJOR parcel delivery firm wants to build a huge depot on the outskirts of Swansea.
DPD’S plans would create around 80 office jobs and 50 warehouse jobs at Parc Felindre, north of junction 46 of the M4.
The new base would take up eight acres of land, operate 24 hours a day and be the first signing for the business park.
Swansea Council officers are working through DPD’S planning application, which said the office and warehouse would be a “high-quality” building.
Backers of the proposal hope it will act as a catalyst for the development of Parc Felindre, which used to be home to a tinplate works and has had millions of pounds spent on it to get it ready for use.
The area DPD wants to build on had been earmarked for a private hospital, but it didn’t materialise.
Swansea Council leader Rob Stewart, who said earlier this year that a tenant was expected before long, said: “This application demonstrates further confidence and investment and underlines our drive to transform the economy of Swansea.”
The city’s former Liberal Democrat-led administration agreed a strategy for the business park in 2006 which envisaged hightech and emerging industries setting up shop there.
Although no tenants have occupied it yet, the Welsh Government has unveiled proposals to build up to 800 houses on an adjacent chunk of land it owns.
The new development, known as Pentre Felindre, would have a new primary school, playing fields, sports pavilion, cycle paths and shops.
The tinplate works used to employ more than 2,000 workers but closed in the 1980s before being demolished in 1996.
It emerged in June this year that £36 million of Welsh Government, European and council money had gone into preparing and promoting Parc Felindre. That led Plaid Cymru AM Dr Dai Lloyd to question what had actually been achieved.
“It is clear that there is a lot of frustration within Swansea and the surrounding area with regards to the lack of progress in attracting businesses to this key strategic site,” said the South Wales West AM.
The Welsh Government said developing such sites was “challenging”.
Speaking this week, Mr Stewart said work had to be completed at Parc Felindre before any company could operate there.
He added: “Despite constant talking down of Swansea and this site by Dr Dai Lloyd and others, we have continued to focus on securing investment, tenants and creating jobs.
“We will be making further exciting investment announcements in the coming weeks and months.”
Parcel delivery DPD is looking to build a depot on the outskirts of Swansea.