FRESH HOPE FOR BUSINESS PARK SITE
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.”