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A NEW block of residential flats in Swansea’s SA1 is a step closer after approval was given for an extra basement level and banks of underground battery storage.

The new owners of the site, which is a stone’s throw from the J Shed and the Sail Bridge, will now need to submit a revised planning application for the rest of the development.

The plot of land overlooking the River Tawe and Swansea Marina had planning permission for 91 flats dating back more than a decade, under a different owner.

Swansea Council’s planning committee was told that some basement digging took place but then stopped, and no further work was carried out.

Now, two basement levels are to be created but the number of parking spaces will remain at 93.

The battery storage units will store electricity from the grid – potentially in due course from the Swansea Bay tidal lagoon – and then supply it when demand is high.

The above-ground development will range from four to 11 storeys but may comprise more than 91 flats, subject to further planning consent.

There would also be some commercial ground floor use.

Speaking in July, Edward Peer, of new site owners Acquirex Ltd, said: “We think there is demand for a good-quality residential block.

“It is a cracking location. Hopefully it will be a great scheme.”

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