Swansea University's Fabian Way campus proposal moves closer to reality
THE long-awaited new Swansea University campus off Fabian Way is set to clear its final hurdle today.
Neath Port Talbot Council approved the outline application for the science and innovation campus back in February.
Today, councillors are expected to give their blessing to the detailed first phase application today — with work on the development still on course to start early next year.
The proposed science and innovation campus is expected to cost £500 million to build and will transform the former BP site.
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It will focus on science, engineering, technology, mathematics and business, as well as including new student accomm- odation.
In total the campus will cost around £500 million, with the first phase valued at £200 million. It's predicted to bring in £37 million a year to the local economy and create 11,000 jobs.
Planning committee members will hear there have been two letters of objection.
They relate to the scale of the development fronting Fabian Way, its appearance and the effect it will have on the character of the area.
In his report head of planning Geoff White provides a response to those and other objections, as well as to concerns raised by Swansea Green Party and comments from Swansea Council.
He will ask councillors to approve the application, with conditions.
Neath Port Talbot councillor Harry Bebell has previously described the development as a jewel for the area.
"Out of the people I've spoken to they have all been 100 per cent for it," he said.
"When you think of the employment it will generate it is totally amazing.
"I know lots of them will be academics, but there will also be the service people who go and clean and work in shops."
Swansea Council, meanwhile, has been singing the campus's praises, describing it as one of the most significant current projects in Wales.
The city authority did object to it at an earlier stage but is offering no objections this time round.
"It is a unique opportunity to create a new university campus which projects an image of a modern Wales and city region across the world," it said
Swansea Council also acknowledged it would create new jobs and would "transform a brownfield city at the eastern gateway to the city".