Meeting called to discuss impact of new Swansea homes
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 will be developed and what it is used for between 2015 and 2025.
A Draft Preferred Strategy has now been produced by the Council as part of the LDP process.
According to the draft strategy, 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 tale place at 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.”
A spokesman for the council said that it is organising a number of events so people can find out more about the current position.
Meetings have been arranged by the council for the following dates:
Tuesday, 1st October - Llansamlet Community Centre 1-4 pm
Wednesday, 2nd October - Llangyfelach Church Hall, 4-7 pm
Thursday, 3rd October - Waunarlwydd Community Centre, 4-7 pm
Friday, 4th October - Quadrant Shopping Centre (1st Floor Between Boots & Debenhams)11 am -3 pm
Monday, 7th October - Ostreme Centre, Mumbles, 2:30-6 pm
Tuesday, 8th October - Brynmill Community Centre, 1-4 pm
Wednesday, 9th October - Penllergaer Primary School, 4-7 pm
Thursday, 10th October - Penclawdd Community Centre, 4-7 pm
Friday, 11th October - Sketty Park Community Centre, 4-7 pm