A ruined old boys’ club in Swansea will be converted into apartments.
Fire, vandalism and years of vacancy have left the Swansea Boys Club in dire condition, but the council’s planning committee has approved the construction of 23 apartments.
Councilors have been informed that the upper floor will have to be demolished.
After a visit to the hilltop site and a long debate on the project, proposed by a company called Lifestyle Dimensions Ltd, the committee gave the green light by seven votes to three.
A Swansea Boys Club sign on the current building will be attached to the new look apartments.
The Berwick Terrace club, on the border of Mayhill and Mount Pleasant, dates back to 1922 and was put up for sale by City Hall in 2015.
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Speaking to the planning committee, Ward Councilor David Phillips said he and his colleague Cllr Fiona Gordon had concerns about the proposal, including a lack of parking, water run-off and what the apartments would look like in 10 years. Although they were not against the redevelopment of the site.
“It’s a mess,” said Cllr Phillips. “But we don’t agree that anything is better than nothing.”
Committee members wanted to know how construction traffic would safely access the steep area of land surrounding the club, if a telecommunications mast adjacent to the building could be an issue, if the brick finish could replace part of the plaster and how long the barriers preventing access to and from Berwick Terrace would open to allow construction.
Cllr Mary Jones said she was concerned the proposed block was “such a bland building”, while Cllr Des Thomas felt the new design “looked more like an institution than anything else”.
The applicant proposed 20 parking spaces, which is seven less than expected to serve a development of this size. Bicycle storage will also be provided.
All apartments follow the applicable minimum size guide, although one apartment on the ground floor has limited natural light.