St David's site and LC car park plans revealed
Swansea city centre's regeneration has taken another step forward.
Spaces for new shops, restaurants, a digital indoor arena and car parking are among those that feature in an outline planning application that's now been submitted for the Swansea Central development site.
The site, made up of the former St David's shopping centre and the LC car park, has been temporarily re-branded as Swansea Central.
Rivington Land is managing the site's development for Swansea Council.
On the north side of Oystermouth Road, outline planning permission is being sought for the refurbishment, alteration or demolition of all existing buildings and structures on the site, except St Mary's Church and St David's Church.
A maximum of 84,050 square metres of floor space is also proposed, which would include retail, commercial, office, residential and leisure uses, as well as a multi-storey park. No new building there would be taller than seven storeys.
On the south side of Oystermouth Road, a maximum of 40,700 square metres of floor space is proposed. This would include a new digital indoor arena, a hotel or residential building of up to 13 storeys, food and drink businesses, and an undercroft car park.
A new pedestrian link bridge over Oystermouth Road is also being proposed.
Martin Nicholls, Director of Place at Swansea Council, said: "In combination with our plans to regenerate Kingsway and other parts of the city centre, the redevelopment of the Swansea Central site will give local residents and visitors a far better shopping, dining, leisure and recreational experience.
"The submission of this outline planning application follows extensive consultation to ensure the plans meet the people of Swansea's aspirations. The consultation showed 74% of people were positive about the proposals, but we have listened to all views. This is why, to reflect feedback, an element of student accommodation that was originally proposed for the development site has now been removed.
"Subject to the approval of this outline planning application, detailed design work will then take place. Discussions with potential tenants will also continue, and we hope to soon have an indoor arena operator on board to help us work on the specification of the new arena attraction.
"We'll continue to keep people updated as this regeneration project gathers pace."
New public open spaces on both the north and south development sites are also being proposed, as well as landscaping and improved public realm. Other plans include new bus stops on Oystermouth Road and new pedestrian access through the existing arches at Victoria Quay.