Planners approve foreshore proposals

23 June 2011

Swansea Council planning committee has given the green light to imaginative plans for foreshore development at Mumbles Pier.

Councillors voted by a substantial majority to back proposals that will see sale-proceeds from foreshore development recycled back into a multi-million pound restoration project for the Victorian structure.

John Bollom, managing director for pier owners AMECO stated, “We are delighted at this result which represents the culmination of six years solid work on our part. Swansea councillors have given this scheme a vote of confidence and we intend delivering on their expectations.”

“We understood the points made by objectors, but they have proved to be a vocal minority in the main. The overwhelming view locally and on the wider scene is that ours is a sustainable quality project that will improve Mumbles and provide a much needed boost for the local economy. 

He added that the decision safeguarded Mumbles as the operational home for what will probably be the key offshore RNLI vessel serving the Bristol Channel.

“Our next steps are to finalise the necessary funding packages and begin the tendering process for land sale”, he said.

Regeneration consultant Lawrence Bailey, who has been advising on the scheme throughout, said today’s outcome proved that public-private strategies still had a viable future in Swansea. He also felt the decision sent out a strong message to the anti-development lobby.

He added, “I hope we can finally say that the ‘city is open for business’ and mean it.”