One of the empty units at Swansea ‘s Parc Tawe retail park could soon be filled.
Plans have been put forward for a kitchen sales and showroom to move into an empty unit that sits between Denny’s and the former Toys ‘R’ Us store.
If given the green light, the plans put forward by RBL Projects would see the site transformed from its intended use as a food and drinks unit to a ‘bulky goods’ retail unit.
The retail park was revamped in January, 2017, and saw the arrival of the UK’s first Denny’s American diner, as well as a new Costa drive-thru.
But despite its massive £15 million redevelopment, many of the units have remained unfilled.
Chief among them is the massive Toys ‘R’ Us unit. There have been reports on several occasions that a new tenant is close to signing an agreement to move there – but it remains empty.
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A planning statement by Geraint John Planning Ltd said: “The proposed change of use will allow a kitchen sales and showroom store to occupy Unit 2A within Parc Tawe retail park.
“The proposed change will seek to allow ‘bulky goods’ use to occupy Unit 2A which will enable the proposed occupier to store goods within the site’s premises.
“The proposed development will result in new employment opportunities created for local residents within Swansea.”
The document explained that it would be “more sufficient” to use the unit for this purpose “rather than being vacant” as it would offer shoppers a wider range of retail options.
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It goes on to say: “It is considered that allowing more A1 (retail) uses to be occupied within the units at Parc Tawe will enable the Parc to continue to flourish and provide high quality retail space within the retail park.
“The change of use will also enable the retail park to continue to act as an important retail centre providing a vibrant shopping and leisure experience.
“It is also considered that in terms of the viability and vitality of the retail park, it would be more sufficient that the unit is in A1 (retail) use for the sale of ‘bulky goods’ rather than being vacant within the Parc.”