Royal Fern project near final approval

Approximately 20 years after it was first proposed and after three years of legal negotiations, it appears that a major golf development in northern Swansea may be on the verge of getting a green light.

The development is to include the Royal Fern Golf Course, with 18 holes, a par-3 course and a golf academy, as well as 80 golf lodges and approximately 135 other residential properties.

Plans for the project, which is headed by developer Dillwyn Productions, have been tentatively approved by the Swansea Council, apparently pending final OK by the Welsh Assembly.

The project has a number of notable proponents, including former England cricket champion Tony Lewis, who played a major role in Wales landing the 2010 Ryder Cup competition, the Wales Sports Council and Welshman and former Masters champion Ian Woosnam, who could conceivably be a candidate to design the Royal Fern course.

Dillwyn Productions has reportedly signed an agreement with homebuilder Charles Church Homes to develop the housing component of the project. RPS Planning of Cardiff

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