Castle Quarter a step closer
COASTAL Housing has taken a step forwards in its planned redevelopment of the city's Castle Quarter.
Swansea planning officers have given the social housing provider prior approval for the demolition of 17-20 The Strand.
Coastal Housing wants to regenerate a stretch of tatty-looking land between The Strand and the top of Wind Street.
Its £8million plans comprise 26 affordable rented apartments, four duplex units overlooking Swansea Castle, and a small number of commercial units as well as a kiosk on The Strand.
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Coastal hoped to start building a mixed use scheme there in late 2009, but nothing materialised.
Speaking last month, Coastal development director Gerraint Oakley said the group was already in negotiations with retailers interested in occupying one of the Castle Quarter units which, if all goes to plan, are due to be completed by summer 2014.