Another old Swansea pub could be transformed into housing
Swansea Council has received a pre-planning application, still in its very early stages, from Lincoln-based Ian Bihagg, asking for permission to transform the former New Colliers Arms in Clydach into seven flats.
The application states how the former pub and function suite has been vacant and unused for some years following a decline in trade, that saw “the previous owners unable to maintain the viability and opening” of the pub, which is based at Hebron Road.
“It is considered that the existing site, the subject of this application, is of a location and scale that would lend itself to a residential development,” agent Noel Isherwood Architects states in planning documents.
“It would be ideal for those living already in Clydach and those wishing to live there but who perhaps work in Swansea where the exceptional cycle track, running alongside the River Tawe and partly along the canal, provides a delightful and healthy option for a regular commute.”
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If the plans are approved, the old pub would become the latest of many former watering holes within Swansea to have been transformed into housing.
These include the old Robin Hood in Fleet Street, Sandfields, which became a house of multiple occupancy back in 2017, and the Dillwyn Arms in Llangyfelach Road, Brynhyfryd, which is now nine-self contained flats.
Clydach councillor Gordon Walker explained that the pub had been empty for around six years.
“It’s a bit of an eyesore, I’ve spent a lot of time around that area and there’s a lot of rats around there,” he said.
“Parking would be the main issue with this application. It is a busy road.”
The council’s planning department will now begin to consider the proposal.