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A NEW block of flats could be built at a former boxing club in Swansea’s Townhill.

A city-based developer has bought the old Gwent Boxing Club plot, off Gwent Road, and is proposing to build 44 flats.

Land Enhancement Services’s pre-application enquiry for the three-storey block has been examined by council planning officers, who have accepted the principle of residential development at the site.

They have advised a 20% affordable housing provision would apply as and when a full planning application is submitted.

The council would also seek financial contributions for education and roads.

A design statement submitted on behalf of Land Enhancement Services said the flats would only be one storey higher than the old boxing club building “and would not be out of character with the area”.

Two trees and some sections of hedges, it said, would be planted.

The boxing club formed in 1955 and moved from Gwent Road to its current home on Dyfed Avenue in 1999.

The club has spawned hundreds of senior, junior and schoolboy champions.

Volunteers run the Dyfed Avenue facility – also used by the Samurai Judo Club – entirely.

Two years ago some of the volunteers spoke about what the club meant to them including its president Paul Langstine and manager Terry Grey. “The people here are great, they are characters,” said Mr Langstine.

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