Firm de­pot plan of­fers hope to park site

South Wales Evening Post - - NEWS - RICHARD YOULE @Youle­post • 01792 545553 richard.youle@me­di­

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.

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