Urban village plans in pipeline for Felindre tinplate site
A NEW “urban village” could be built on land near the former tinplate works at Felindre.
The Welsh Government has said it will carry out a feasibility study on a 250-acre site it owns north of junction 46 of the M4.
The plan is to create a development of social and private housing, schools and “community facilities” on the greenfield site.
The results of the feasibility study will be submitted to Swansea Council as part of the consultation process on the authority’s local development plan, or LDP, which closes in October.
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Welsh Government Business Minister Edwina Hart said: “The feasibility study into proposals for a new sustainable urban village will outline broad land uses for the site.
“The information from the study is needed to help inform any future decision and is a vital piece of work to take these proposals to the next stage.”
There is no indication as yet as to how many houses the scheme would include.
The proposed new village would be next to the site of the former Felindre tinplate works — the 150 acre brownfield site, which is owned by Swansea Council, and has planning permission for offices and light industrial units.
Infrastructure work is due to begin on the site early next year.
A spokesman for Swansea Council confirmed the authority had received an application from Cardiff Bay as part of the LDP process.
He said: “We have received a Candidate Site Application from the Welsh Government and we are aware they are commissioning some research in support of that application. We look forward to on-going discussions with the Welsh Government about it.”