Upper Killay Community Council serves the
village of Upper Killay, the gateway to the beautiful Gower Peninsular.
The Council comprises ten members (a mix of elected and co-opted
councillors) and a clerk. The council normally meets on the first
Monday of each month (except August, when we take a break for
one month) in the village hall at 7.30 pm.
This page provides a brief history of the
village and its amenities, provides copies of planning applications,
dates and agendas for future meetings and serves as an introduction
to subsequent pages where visitors to this site can find contact
details for the community councillors and minutes of council meetings.
Upper Killay originally grew up as a small
collection of cottages housing workers on the three local farms,
since when it has gone through three major periods of growth.
In the early 20th century, when coal mining
flourished in the area the cottages were replaced by a larger
number of traditional stone houses and the village grew to around
100 houses in a ribbon along the main road from Swansea.. Thus
it remained until the 1940s when Fairwood Common airfield was
built near the village to provide a base for fighters to protect
the docks and industrial facilities of South Wales. The influx
of people associated with this meant major social change and after
the war another 250 houses, half of them social housing were added
to the village. In the years when the post-war ‘baby boom’
generation grew to maturity the village grew to its present size
of around 550 houses.
The village stands on the edge of its next
expansion as the extensive gardens of the traditional houses are
gradually taken for infill development. The challenges that this
provides to local councils is one that is being faced in many
such urban fringe communities.
The community council owns an area
of around ten acres of land (donated by a former resident in the
early 1970s) on the western edge of the village, and within the
Gower Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.
Within that area it has provided a village
Hall, playing fields with two football and one cricket pitches,
a children’s play area and a car park. In the late 1980s
a community conservation project was established to create a wildlife
habitat encompassing the remainder of the land and including the
site of the former village pond. This project proved enormously
successful and won a number of major national and international
The village hall is a much valued facility
for the village and hosts a number of village and other organisations.
Our next meeting and agenda are displayed
A list of planning applications in reverse
chronological order is shown below. All plans are available in
the village, for inspection by residents. Anyone wishing to view
a planning application should contact the clerk to arrange a suitable