Developer asked about land in running for traveller site - in Peniel Green Road, Llansamlet, Swansea
SWANSEA Council has received an inquiry from a property developer to buy land earmarked for the city’s second traveller site.
A meeting will be held next week to decide the location of the controversial site, with land at Peniel Green Road in Llansamlet and the former Greyhound track in Cockett on the shortlist.
Ahead of the meeting former Labour leader Lawrence Bailey has said if Llansamlet is chosen then it will jeopardise future investment in the area and questioned if key partners, including the Welsh Government, had been told inquiries had been made by developers to purchase the land for housing.
He said: “I submitted a technical paper highlighting the unsuitability of the site which included evidence that even members of the council’s own regeneration team opposed the use of this key site for a traveller camp. All these representations have simply been dismissed.
“My comments listed a number of inconsistencies plus a geographical bias toward the Swansea Vale site.
“Some of the responses I received were just bizarre with one officer writing this is not a Machiavellian plot.
“What kind of answer is that?
“Swansea Council will need to convince ministers that they can afford to jeopardise a key strategic investment site worth £1.45 million in land value alone and possibly ten times that much in development potential.
“Such a move would clearly not make financial sense at a time when every penny has to count in the public sector”, he said.
A spokesman for Swansea Council said: “A speculative enquiry has been received as the council does for sites from time to time. The council has not formally marketed this site.”
Llansamlet councillors will be holding a public meeting about the proposed sites at Birchgrove Community Centre tomorrow at 7pm.