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Planners need to explore new boundaries

My favourite scene from the comedy series, The Office, is when David Brent announces staffing changes in his uniquely insensitive style. “Well, there's good news and bad news”, he tells his team. “The bad news is that some of you will lose your jobs. "Those of you who are kept on will have to relocate to Swindon. On a more positive note, the good news is, I've been promoted ..... but you're still thinking about the bad news aren't you?” Brent had a broken perspective that made him hilarious. It’s less funny when it happens in real life - and even worse when local planning authorities are involved. This week, members of Swansea council’s development management and control committee will be as

All a bit quiet on the waterfont

HERITAGE seems to be very much on the agenda of late. That’s fine by me. I just wish that we could sometimes give more thought as to how the past has helped shape the present day. For myself, I’ve always been fascinated by Swansea’s transition from an industrial town to modern city. You only have to look at the old photograph below to see that this was a very different place 80 years ago. Something else you might notice is that there used to be a lot more waterfront than we have today. Shipping was an industry in itself and not just the seagoing kind. Victorian ingenuity created ways for busy river traffic to move goods and materials up and down the Tawe and into a network of basins and cana

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