Concern over estuary as 7,500 new homes proposed
A PUBLIC meeting has been called this week over concerns that up to 7,500 new homes could lead to sewerage overload in the Gowerton, Gorseinon and Loughor areas.
All councils in Wales and England are obliged by law to identify areas where land in the city could be developed and what it could be used for between 2015 and 2025 — a local development plan (LDP).
A draft preferred strategy has now been produced by the council as part of the LDP process. And according to this, Swansea will need to set aside land for more than 16,000 homes — including 7,000 affordable homes — over the next 12 years.
The document also identifies Penllergaer, Felindre, Gowerton and Waunarlwydd as areas for potential mixed use development opportunities.
Some residents, however, are worried about the effect such numbers of new homes would have on the sewerage and other services in the area.
As a result a meeting will take place at the Gorseinon Institute on Thursday at 7pm.
One of the organisers, Jim Dunckley, said: "We are putting together a presentation with quite a lot of sensitive information which the public should be aware of.
"Under Swansea Council's local development plan about 7,500 new homes are proposed in an area feeding into the Gowerton Sewage Treatment Works, which is full to capacity.
"I'm sure people will be aware of the issues with the cockle beds and the fact that the European Commission have been threatening to fine the Welsh Government on this issue.
"It all affects the Burry Inlet at the end of the day, and we are co-ordinating on the Swansea side of the inlet with our colleagues in Carmarthen on this issue."
Mr Dunckley added that there were other concerns, saying: "It's all pressure on service. They are talking about some 5,000 new homes in what was, in effect, the old Lliw Valley area and that will see around 10,000 more people. Roads are already grid-locked and sewers are over-run; where is all this extra provision going to come from at a time when the council is cutting services."
Kingsbridge councillor, William Evans, although not involved in the meeting did say that he could understand some of the public's concerns.
While not being able to comment freely on the council matter he said: "At the moment they are talking about feasibility but it is a concern in our area.
"The Welsh Government has said that this local authority has to build thousands of new homes but we are running out of brown field sites."
A spokesman for the council said that it was organising a number of events so people could find out more about the current position.