FRESH HOPE FOR BUSI­NESS PARK SITE

South Wales Evening Post - - FRONT PAGE - ROBERT DALLING @Robert­dalling • 01792 545545 rob.dalling@me­di­awales.co.uk

THE for­mer dry ski slope in Swansea could be about to take on a com­pletely new life.

Out­line plans have been sub­mit­ted to Swansea Coun­cil by Dan Car­men, of New­ton, ask­ing for per­mis­sion to trans­form land to the south of Nan­tong Way in Pen­trech­wyth, which has been va­cant for a num­ber of years.

If given the go-ahead it would be­come a pa­rade of five units, in­clud­ing a drive-thru restau­rant, a na­tional bak­ery, be­lieved to be Jenkins, a laun­drette and space for other lo­cal busi­nesses.

There would also be a large, 39-space park­ing area pro­vided on the land to the south of the for­mer Swansea Snow­board And Ski Cen­tre.

The tatty-look­ing ski slope be­hind Mor­risons in Morfa Re­tail Park opened in 1989 but has been un­used for a decade or so.

The ap­pli­ca­tion, which is still in its early stages, states that the new builds would “com­ple­ment the ex­ist­ing re­tail of­fer” at Morfa Shop­ping Cen­tre and pro­vide “much­needed lo­cal fa­cil­i­ties” for neigh­bour­ing res­i­den­tial sites and peo­ple vis­it­ing Lib­erty Sta­dium on match­days.

It adds: “The pro­posed uses will com­ple­ment rather than com­pete with tra­di­tional high street lo­ca­tions such as Mor­ris­ton.

“The units are too small to be des­ti­na­tions in their own right.

“The ma­jor­ity of cus­tomers will not make ded­i­cated trips to the pro­posed units but will rather com­bine a visit as part of a trip to Morfa Shop­ping Cen­tre or the Lib­erty Sta­dium.”

“The pro­posed bak­ery and laun­drette will pro­vide a com­ple­men­tary role to the Morfa Shop­ping Cen­tre.

“The lim­ited scale of the pro­posal cou­pled with its rel­a­tive turnover and lo­calised catch­ment will mean that there is un­likely to be any no­tice­able di­rect im­pact on any des­ig­nated cen­tre as a whole.

“The lo­cal baker al­ready op­er­ates through­out Swansea in mul­ti­ple shop­ping cen­tres and has no in­ten­tion of clos­ing any other units within the lo­cal­ity.”

The plans would also cre­ate a jobs boost for the area.

The ap­pli­ca­tion states: “Not only would the ap­proval of this ap­pli­ca­tion cre­ate at least 40 jobs on a full and part-time ba­sis, which would be re­cruited lo­cally, it would also cre­ate a num­ber of jobs dur­ing the con­struc­tion pe­riod, and it would also cre­ate in­di­rect em­ploy­ment through ser­vic­ing the units.

“In this re­spect the de­vel­op­ment would make an im­por­tant con­tri­bu­tion to em­ploy­ment within the area.”

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