Big step forward for proposed new Mumbles sea defences

How Mumbles Prom could soon look in the Oyster Wharf area.

Proposals for new sea defences that will help protect Mumbles for decades to come have taken a big step forward.

A planning application for the scheme, driven by Swansea Council, has just been submitted to local planners.

Its aims to protect the community against flooding and rising tides – and to remodel the prom as a safe, modern, inclusive visitor attraction.

The proposals – shaped with the help of extensive public consultation – show more space for pedestrians and cyclists to share the prom with care, the protection of trees and more opportunities for play and relaxation.

A key planning document prepared by JBA Consulting states that some of these existing defences are in a poor condition, at risk of flooding.

It states: “The flood risk level is expected to increase in the future due to predicted sea level rises.

“This, in addition to the fact that the existing defences are showing signs of deterioration, would put several properties in Mumbles at risk of flooding.

“The long-term plan is to ‘hold the line’. This aims to maintain and upgrade existing defences along their current alignment.”

The proposed development would strengthen the sea wall on its 1.2km stretch from the Oystermouth Square car park to the slipway in front of The Pilot pub, and raise the height of key parts of it.

Views across the bay would be maintained – and the scheme looks to improve the prom to aid regeneration and tourism.

The report states: “Works include widening the existing promenade to create a segregated pedestrian footpath and cycleway.

“This will improve connectivity and accessibility, and promote sustainable active travel. Other public realm improvements include improved seating, views and connectivity, with enhanced hard and soft landscaping.

“These will provide visual improvements to the area, creating a sustainable and attractive waterfront – an asset to the local community and an attraction for visitors.”

A public engagement on initial ideas was held in the summer and there was further input from the public and key organisations recently in a formal process known as a pre-application consultation (PAC).