One of Swansea city centre’s ‘fake shops’ could be set to make way for a real business.
A preliminary planning application has been lodged by ‘Oxford Portland Ltd’ asking for the go-ahead to transform 264 and 265 Oxford Street, along with 8 Portland Street in the city centre.
If you walk past those units at present, you won’t see a shop you can actually buy things in – just a 3D-looking shop front-sized picture which is unlikely to fool anyone that this is a real store.
But now there’s hope of breathing new life into the long empty units, with a new coffee shop and retail unit at ground floor level, in a scheme that would also see 11 flats created.
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The plans state: “The proposal will refurbish three dilapidated buildings which sit at the corner of Portland Street and Oxford Street.
“The application site has become run down and the buildings have been vacant for a number of years.
“The site is situated in a prominent corner location and is in major need of investment and regeneration.
“Whilst this part of Swansea was once a vibrant part of the commercial centre with a heavy reliance on retail units, however since the emergence of online shopping, growth of out of town retailing and Covid-19 the area has declined and there are currently a number of vacant commercial units in the area.
“This proposal seeks consent to redevelop the site and will result in the introduction of a high quality mixed use development which will provide good quality commercial units at ground floor level and affordable accommodation.”
They also add that the plans would give the “ugly” building a facelift.
Documents read: “The existing building is an ugly concrete frame dilapidated building which is situated on a prominent corner location at the junction between Portland Street and Oxford Street.
“The proposal seeks consent to completely refurbish the external facades and introduce a modern contemporary development which will enhance the character and appearance of the building and the wider street-scene.”
Swansea Council’s planning department will now consider the application.