15th June 2021

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NEW glamping pods have been by proposed by Swansea Council in a garden which turns into a big pond in heavy rain, according to an objector.

The authority wants to create four of the pods at the rear of Borfa House activity centre, Gower.

It also has separate plans to attract visitors by building a new motorhome park at Swansea Marina.

Council planning officers are aware that the Borfa House proposal is on land designated as a floodplain.

This has been graphically emphasised by objector and neighbour Dafydd Thomas, who has emailed the council pictures of the area when flooded.

Professor Thomas said flooding had occurred several times over the past two decades, and indicated that a stream ran through the site and onto Port Eynon beach.

“Attempts to correct the flooding problem in the garden of Ty Borfa have had very limited success,” he said, adding that it would in his view be “impossible” to insure any new buildings there.

A council spokesman said it wanted to create an appealing new form of accommodation for young people at the activity centre.

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“It’s early days and we need to investigate the site further because of the issues linked to flooding,” he said.

The council’s planning application is being considered – and will need a tree survey to be undertaken – while another scheme to use part of the boatyard at Swansea Marina for up to five motorhomes or campervans now has planning consent.

Work to get the site ready will be carried out by the council’s marina management team.

A council spokesman said: “We are looking at proposals to create a city centre-based motorhome park for visitors to use as a base for enjoying what the city has to offer.

“This will complement accommodation available in other parts of Swansea and Gower and could help boost our local economy closer to the city centre.

“The proposals are for a small section of the existing boatyard at to be developed, taking advantage of space made when boats are using the marina rather than the boatyard.”

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