Multi-million plans for working farm in Gower
MULTI-MILLION pound plans for an outdoor centre and working farm in Gower have been earmarked for approval.
Swansea planning officers have recommended councillors give the re-development of Little Bryn Gwyn Farm, near Llanrhidian, the thumbs-up at a planning meeting today.
But they also recommended the application is referred to the council's development control committee because it was a "departure" from the current development plan.
Applicant Mark McKenna, founder of Down to Earth Project, wants to build a new residential centre and training centre, plus four barns/ outbuildings.
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If given the green light, the centre will be run as a partnership between Down to Earth Project and the site's current owner Valley Kids.
"The redevelopment will provide a residential education centre and working farm in order to provide learning opportunities for disadvantaged people in South Wales," said a planning officer report.
The scheme will be built in three phases, with completion due some time in 2022. According to the plans, the first two phases of the scheme will cost some £2.7 million.
Mr McKenna said around 20 jobs will be created. He has previously told the Post that Down to Earth Project's current base in Murton will remain.
The Gower Society said: "We do have reservations but if completed it could prove to be an admirable project."
Gower AM Edwina Hart said: "I am aware that this is a large development within the AONB (area of outstanding natural beauty) and may cause some issues, but it is a very worthwhile project which I am happy to endorse."