19th July 2008
North Swansea may get £30m Golf development
Work could start on the £30 million-plus golf development in northern Swansea this year if the plans are not blocked by the Welsh Assembly.The planning deadline for the massive project, which could create 245 full and part-time jobs, is looming.
The Assembly has until Monday, July 28, to decide whether or not to call in the prestigious project. The deadline has been extended from the original 21 days.
Dillwyn Productions' plans received widespread support among Swansea councillors at the end of last month.
Now the company and Swansea Council, as well as golfing enthusiasts across the Swansea Bay area, face an anxious wait for news.
If the Assembly calls in the project, which was first mooted 24 years ago, it will be a major headache for the scheme's backers, who wanted to get the project up and running as close as possible to the Ryder Cup at Newport's Celtic Manor resort in 2010.
A source close to the scheme said: "As we have so often said, the need to get it done as close as possible to the Ryder Cup, to attract the publicity, is paramount and always has been.
"But the planners have taken such a long time to do what they have to do that every day makes it more difficult.
"But certainly, the economy and the climate and lots of other things will determine when it happens. We hope it will start this year. I'm very hopeful. Sense would dictate that the council wants it, and it has voted very formally that it wants it.
"It wanted it in March 2005."
Some question marks had been raised over whether the project, which now includes 135 properties and 80 golfing lodges, would be feasible with the downturn in the economy.
Swansea Council leader Chris Holley said: "We are fully supportive of this project and we are awaiting the Assembly's comments."
By: Shaun Greany - Swansea Evening Post