It is one of Swansea's sorriest-looking buildings, and giving it a new lease of life looks a tall order.

But that it is what a developer is planning to do with the former Swansea Boys Club.

Cardiff-based Lifestyle Dimensions Ltd is behind an application to convert the fire-damaged building into flats, and Swansea planning officers recommended the scheme for approval when it came before the planning committee on April 13. But councillors pressed the pause button, deciding instead that a site visit needed to take place before any decision was made.

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The building, high up on the edge of Mount Pleasant and Mayhill, overlooks much of the city and dates from 1922. At one point Swansea Boys Club was a thriving football club in Swansea and West Wales, with some 500 members. But not any more.

The Berwick Terrace building has been vacant for years and was put up for sale by the council in 2015, notwithstanding plans at one stage to turn it into a community centre hosting sports and social events.

The building was badly damaged by fire last November
A sign outside the former boys' club, Berwick Terrace

Targeted by vandals, despite security fencing, the building suffered significant arson damage late last year.

A planning officer told the committee: "The building is in desperate need of redevelopment." He said all the one-bedroom flats planned by Lifestyle Dimensions met the relevant minimum size guide, although one of them - on the ground floor - would have limited natural light.

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The developer has proposed creating 20 parking spaces, seven less than the council's parking standards for a scheme of this size, although the location was described as accessible. The plan is also for on-street barriers on Berwick Terrace, near the junction of Baptist Well Place, to be removed in order to improve access.

Addressing the committee, ward councillor David Phillips urged members to visit the "unique" site before making a decision. In his view, the location deserved something better.

Cllr Des Thomas said he had misgivings as he could recall Berwick Terrace being used as a rat-run before traffic was restricted, and backed the site visit suggestion.

The building could be converted into 23 flats
The view across Swansea from Berwick Terrace

Referring to the on-street barriers, Cllr Cyril Anderson said: "That blockade was put in place because of the anti-social behaviour and the car stealing days."

Cllr June Burtonshaw voiced concerns about the flats themselves, including the natural light element, but withdrew her questions to planning officers on the proviso that a site visit would take place.

The committee voted unanimously to head up there, meaning a decision on the scheme will be made at a later date.