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2,000 Homes Planned On Swansea Fields

The fields where up to 1,950 houses and flats are proposed west of Swansea Road, Swansea (Google Maps)

The Llangyfelach site plans also include a new pub, school and play areas.

Fields in the north of Swansea could make way for a new community of nearly 5,000 people.

The development planned off Swansea Road, Llangyfelalch, would comprise up to 1,950 houses and flats, a primary school, pub, sports pitches and play areas.

Access would be via a new junction in Swansea Road — north of the current junction with Heol Pentre Felen — and another junction in Penplas Road to the south.

A spine road would run through the development, connecting the two junctions.

Concerns have been voiced about the scale of the plan and its potential effect on nearby infrastructure, with Llangyfelach Community Council predicting “chaos” at the proposed junctions.

Llangyfelach councillor Gareth Sullivan said he had asked a Welsh Government planning inspector to see the existing congestion in Swansea Road for themselves.

“At peak times there is a considerable tailback at the moment,” he said.

The site is the largest of six “strategic development areas” in Swansea’s new local development plan (LDP), which is close to being finalised.

Cllr Sullivan said he was worried about the cumulative impact of this site and other major housebuilding planned north of Clasemont Road, Morriston, and across the M4 at Felindre.

“It could mean Llangyfelach is a ‘no go’ area,” he said.

Swansea planning officers have recommended that the outline scheme, which cuts across Mynyddbach and Penderry as well as Llangyfelach, is approved by the council’s planning committee on January 8.

Around 290 of the properties would be classed as affordable housing.

Cllr Sullivan said he understood the need for affordable housing but felt the scheme would have a negative impact on his ward due to the proposed access points, and suggested that the northern access could be via the A48 instead.

Around half of the 115-hectare development site would actually be built on; the remainder would be mainly used for open spaces.

The council’s planning report said the primary school, pub and other small-scale commercial use — potentially including a health centre — would create a “clear heart” at the centre of the development.

The report also said that applicant Llanmoor Development Company would fund a new “demand responsive” bus service for occupiers of the new houses.

It added that a previous focus on smaller housebuilding developments across Swansea had led to “poorly connected” estates with limited access to schools and public transport.

The report acknowledged that developing what was predominantly a greenfield site “would have significant adverse effects”.

But it added that housing land was in short supply in Swansea, and that the site in question was earmarked for new housing.

The planning report estimated that the population of the new development could be up to 4,680 people.

The primary school would be up and running by the time the 800th property was occupied.

A multi-use games area is also proposed, and there is potential for a BMX track and skate park.

Llanmoor Development Company wants to build the new community between 2019 and 2029, but would need further detailed planning permission from the council before it could start.

The Welsh Government said the development’s impact on junction 46 of the M4 would be “minimal”.

Swansea highways officers have not objected as long as a series of mitigation measures are implemented.

The planning report also said there were “no known” drainage or water quality issues which needed addressing, and that there was no reason to refuse the outline application on these grounds.

Llanmoor Development Company would be expected to fund the new primary school and contribute around £2.5 million towards secondary school education in the area, plus various transport and travel upgrades.

“Despite residents’ concerns, there is no evidence that the proposal would have a negative impact on the city or the health and well-being of the established population by increasing urban sprawl,” said the planning report.

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