All change for key protected areas in Swansea?
PLANS to radically expand conservation areas in Swansea, to protect the character of their environments, are being considered by councillors.
The authority is carrying out a review on whether to expand the conservation areas in Mumbles, Morriston and Ffynone, which aim to preserve or enhance their environments.
Designating somewhere a conservation areas does not mean that change cannot take place or that only traditional designs are allowed, but gives a greater level of authority over design and development control. The views of the public are now being invited, as they proposals are out for consultation.
Uplands Councillor John Bayliss has urged residents living in or near Ffynone to get involved with the process.
He said "Ffynone is one of the most oldest and important conservation areas in the whole of Swansea and it's crucial that residents get involved in how it's evolves to take into account their concerns and desires.
"I've been working really hard alongside councillor Nick Davies on securing a better and more significant future for the Ffynone Conservation Area, as I recognise the importance of preserving unique features and character, but I now want to see what people make of it."
The plans for Ffynone, which already includes Cwmdonkin Park, Terrace Road and Rosehill Quarry areas, proposes extending to include Eden Avenue, Glanmor Road and Glanmor Crescent, as well as parts of Uplands Crescent.
Similarly, plans for Mumbles conservation area proposes adding Queens Road, the seafront area extending north, and Newton Road, as well as Oystermouth Castle grounds.
And in Morriston, which the review describes as the oldest planned town in Wales, proposals suggest including within the conservation area Woodfield Street as far as Morriston Cross, refining the western and southern boundaries, and expanding the eastern area.
For details of the proposals, and of how to leave feedback, visit: www.swansea.gov.uk/ media/pdf/i/e/Public_Agenda_ Pack_-_26_Sept_2013.pdf