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Still Time to give Feedback on Fabian Way Plan


There are still plenty of opportunities for people to have on their say on plans to transform Fabian Way into an innovation corridor.

Consultation on a co-ordinated approach to planning between Swansea Council and Neath Port Talbot Council for the busy 5km stretch of road lasts until Monday January 25.

Fabian Way links the Amazon roundabout in Neath Port Talbot to the eastern bank of Swansea's River Tawe.

The co-ordinated approach being proposed is looking to make the most of existing and potential emerging developments, including the Swansea Bay Tidal Lagoon, Swansea University's Bay Campus, the Bay Studios and the University of Wales Trinity St David's plans for a new waterfront campus in SA1.

A detailed document that people can now give their feedback on sets out the joint vision of both councils to support the development of a knowledge economy cluster along Fabian Way that would complement Swansea city centre's regeneration, create new jobs and boost economic prosperity across the Swansea Bay City Region as a whole.

Have a look at or to have your say.

A number of community information events have already been held, but another will be taking place at the Swansea University Bay Campus from 3pm to 8pm on Friday January 8.

Hard copies of the document are also still available at both Swansea Central Library and St Thomas Library, as well as at Neath Civic Centre and Port Talbot Civic Centre, during normal working hours throughout the consultation period for people to comment on. Targeted emails and letters have been sent to local landowners, local businesses, community groups and other interested parties.

Cllr Robert Francis-Davies, Swansea Council's Cabinet Member for Enterprise, Development and Regeneration, said:

“Some people have already had their say, but we're looking for as many views as possible. I'd encourage anyone who has some spare time over the Christmas break to have a look at the plans online and give their feedback.

“The combination of recently completed and planned developments in the area mean there's a real chance to transform Fabian Way into an innovation corridor that will open up more jobs, improve infrastructure, enhance the appearance of a key gateway road and boost nearby communities.

“But to realise this vision, we need a co-ordinated approach to planning, which is why we've been working so closely alongside our colleagues at Neath Port Talbot Council.”

Cllr Ali Thomas OBE, Leader of Neath Port Talbot Council, said:

“Fabian Way is evolving into an important business corridor at the gateway to the Swansea Bay City Region.

“We are working jointly with Swansea Council to achieve a properly integrated approach to planning for the whole of this area.”

An integrated approach to planning would co-ordinate the re-use of derelict sites, maximise the benefits of each site, overcome site constraints and ensure the benefits of regeneration are also felt in communities like St Thomas and Port Tennant in Swansea, and in Elba Crescent and Baldwin's Crescent in Neath Port Talbot.

Measures included in the document also aim to support the potential future expansion of both universities and the possible arrival of new research, development and high technology companies looking to locate close to the universities and other developments.

The Fabian Way corridor stretches for 5km along the A483 Fabian Way, which forms the eastern gateway road approach to Swansea city centre from junction 42 of the M4.