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PLANS for two blocks of flats for the over 55s in Clydach have been recommended for refusal.

Swansea planning officers said the buildings, comprising a total of 46 flats, would overlook two adjacent houses and that too few parking spaces would be provided at the complex.

The council’s planning committee will consider the recommendation at a meeting today.

Applicant Terence Berry, of Canter Ltd, said in a statement to the planning authority that several buildings at the site – part of a former council refuelling depot – would need to be demolished and that a major clean-up would then be required before any development could take place. A sewer would also need diverting.

The statement said 46 flats were required to make the Pontardawe Road scheme viable. “Whilst profitability and value is not a planning concern, the deliverability of a proposal is,” it said.

The statement also said there was a development in Morriston, Swansea, of a similar size with slightly fewer parking spaces and no access to public open space.

The council’s placemaking and heritage officer said the principle of the Clydach scheme was welcome as it was within walking distance of the town centre and would increase the area’s housing stock.

But the officer raised concerns, incuding the impact on 33 and 35 Pontardawe Road.

Mr Berry’s application prompted three letters of objection, plus opposition from Clydach Community Council.

The planning report before the committee said: “In the (community) council’s view the proposed development is not in keeping with the area and will have an adverse effect on traffic in the village and the utilities which are already stretched.”

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