TWO phases of significant house-building by a former quarry in Swansea have been given the go-ahead.
It will result in 109 more houses and bungalows being built by the old Cwmrhydyceirw quarry.
When completed, the Parc Ceirw project will deliver around 300 homes.
A report before the council’s planning committee said the first two phases of the Edenstone Group project, comprising 149 homes, were well under way.
Phases three and four – featuring 73 and 36 properties – were approved by the committee at a meeting on November 2.
One of the parcels of land is bordered on one side by Cwmrhydyceirw Road, the other is flanked on two sides by Morriston Golf Club.
Natural Resources Wales wrote to the council with “significant concerns” about the proposal, but it did not formally object. It sought assurances though that water run-off from the houses and gardens would not increase the risk of water percolating into the quarry, which was used as a landfill site.
A planning officer said the application had been amended considerably, and that more greenery within it had been added.
He also said that water run-off would enter Cwmrhydyceirw stream in an attenuated – or controlled – manner.
Cllr Des Thomas asked if developers considered the orientation of new homes – he felt everything should be done to maximise the sun’s energy.
Clly Cyril Anderson asked if the new homes would have electric vehicle charging points.
The officer said house-builders did consider where new homes faced, but he added: “It is simply not possible that every property will face south.”
He added that electric vehicle charging points were a requirement for non-residential developments, but not yet for residential schemes.
Outline residential plans to redevelop the whole quarry area were turned down by the planning committee in 2016, but a subsequent appeal was upheld by a Welsh Government planning inspector.
Planning officers are considering a fifth house-building phase at the quarry, featuring 29 properties.