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MIKE HEDGES WELCOMES POSITIVE UPDATE ON SA1 DEVELOPMENT AND ASKS FOR ITS SUCCESS TO BE REPLICATED
Speaking from his Senedd Office, following Ministerial Questions, Local Swansea East MS Mike Hedges said… ‘ I believe the SA1 Development in my Constituency has been a great success; a mixed development which encourages new hi tech business to develop close to the Universities, people to live close to new jobs and provides regeneration for former industrial areas which have fallen into disuse. It is a win win for everyone – local business, universities, local Communities, Swansea Council and Welsh Government.
This is a similar model of redevelopment as used in several European Cities and it is marvellous to see it achieving success in our own area. It would be marvellous if the Welsh Government now used this model as a template for other redevelopments around Wales. SA1 has shown what can be achieved!’
- Will the Minister provide an update on the SA1 development in Swansea? OQ57991
Yes. The SA1 development is now more than 60 per cent developed, with 90 per cent of the remaining development land sold. All major public infrastructure has been installed, and negotiations are taking place with two local housing associations for further residential development, and the University of Wales Trinity Saint David continues its new city-centre campus with a new collaboration development called Matrix, as I’m sure the Member is aware.126
Yes, I’m very much aware. The SA1 development in Swansea has been a huge success, not just the University of Wales Trinity St David and housing, but also a number of high-technology, mainly start-up companies that have developed around the university. Like Swansea vale, this is an excellent example of mixed development, and I hope to see similar developments across Wales, because this really is a way of creating economic development and high-value jobs. But the issue at the moment is: can the Minister provide an update on the transfer of responsibility for highways, parking and footpaths in SA1 from the Welsh Government to Swansea Council?127
Yes, the Member is right, I think—this is a good example of a successful mixed development, with a range of uses and a really positive outcome for Swansea and the wider area. He’s right—there are good jobs being created on this site, where people from a slightly wider area will travel to and from them. So, I think it is a good a good example of how we would want to have further developments take place in the future.128
In terms of some of the challenges that come with any site, we’re working through those, and, actually, there’s a constructive position between my officials and the city and county of Swansea, again with a positive outcome, with stability in the leadership of the council—and I congratulate Rob Stewart and his team. We are having those constructive conversations, and I will be more than happy to update the Member, and others with an interest, on where we eventually reach, because I do think that there’s potential to have some certainty on the areas the Member highlights, and that’s what I hope we’ll be able to agree in conjunction with the council.129
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