£20million housing estate in college grounds
An empty university campus which overlooks Swansea Bay could be converted into a £20 million housing estate.
Pobl Group’s plans for the University of Wales Trinity Saint David’s (UWTSD) Townhill campus include renovating and extending the Edwardian College building.
One to four-bedroom houses would be built elsewhere on the south-facing site, as well as a square and a shop.
The overall development would take up 7.5 acres of the 12-acre site, with access remaining from Townhill Road and Pantycelyn Road.
Pobl Group’s head of development Elfed Roberts said: “Our vision for this new development is to transform the former campus site and deliver a high-quality mixed tenure development of 153 new homes that have been designed to make the most of the views and other qualities of the site.
“We will preserve the impressive Edwardian college building, overseeing a sensitive conversion and extension into one and two-bedroom apartments that will have spectacular views over Swansea Bay.
“We also want to conserve and maintain a large proportion of mature parkland and open space to benefit both the new residents and adjacent community.”
UWTSD’s staff and students were relocated from Townhill to their new campus in SA1 for the start of this academic year.
Pobl Group said it would submit a full planning application in December and hold a public consultation event prior to this on December 11 at the Phoenix Centre, Townhill, from 2pm to 7pm.
The proposed flats and houses will be a mixture of affordable rent, purchase through shared ownership and the UK Government’s Right to Buy scheme, and open market sale.
Swansea Council implemented a tree preservation order at the site two years ago following concerns about tree-felling activity.
Concerns have also been raised from time to time about break-ins at a lodge on the western edge of the campus, at the end of Lon Cwmgwyn.
Pobl Group said trees with preservation orders would be protected.
Professor Medwin Hughes, vice-chancellor of UWTSD, said it wanted to ensure a lasting legacy when it considered tenders for developing the site.
“A key factor in our decision was the fact that Pobl intend preserving the original Edwardian building, as well as the group’s reputation for delivering such schemes in a sympathetic manner to their environment,” he said.