148 new homes are planned for old mining area
ANOTHER swathe of land in Birchgrove will be turned into a large residential development, if plans submitted to Swansea Council are approved.
Persimmon Homes wants to build 148 homes on a former mining area between the M4 and Heol Dulais, known locally as the Emily site.
Many new houses, including the Brynheulog estate, have appeared in the area in recent years.
Local group Birchgrove Community Association is holding a meeting about the Persimmon Homes application at Birchgrove RFC on September 4 at 6.30pm.
Committee member Jason Parker said: "The feeling is that there is a need for housing in Swansea, but I think there are questions over the site, and access to it."
The Emily site has planning permission for 167 houses going back 36 years, but Persimmon Homes said its current proposal would result in a better-designed development. A design and access statement submitted as part of the company's application said the properties would generally be semi-detached and two, three or four-bedroomed.
Two access roads would be built off Heol Dulais to the west of the development, and Heol Cledwyn to the east - with a "spine" road linking the two.
An area of open space would be provided to the south-east of the site, and surface water drainage carefully considered - with a likely need for on-site storage.
Concerns have been raised in recent months by some residents about a shortage of buses linking new housing developments in Birchgrove to Swansea city centre.
And an inquiry led by Swansea councillors, which was published last week, warned that current development policies made communities dependent on cars.
Persimmon Homes said there were "numerous" bus stops close to the Emily site and that "public transport will be easily accessible".
It said its development plans would not be commercially viable if agreements between it and the council, known as Section 106 contributions, were required.
The application has been called in for discussion by Swansea councillors.