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500 new homes mooted for Cardiff gasworks site

Words: Roger Milne
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Cardiff City Council has confirmed that a former gasworks site in the capital’s Grangetown area is a strong candidate for transformation into a new neighbourhood providing 500 homes.

The grade II-listed gasometer, a local landmark, would be retained as part of the development.

Recommendations to buy the 12-hectare parcel of land on Ferry Road from Wales and West Utilities and National Grid form part of the council's ambitious housing development strategy to deliver 2,000 new council homes in the city. The council’s cabinet discussed the proposal this week.

The gasworks site is allocated as a key housing area in Cardiff's local development plan. Discussions have been continuing for several years between the site owners and Persimmon Homes, but the latter has yet to enter into contracts. The city council said the owners were now looking for an alternative buyer.

Lynda Thorne, cabinet member for housing and communities, said: “We are well on target to deliver 1,000 new council homes by 2022 and acquiring the gasworks site for the development of a further 500 homes over coming years represents a major boost in our plans for more affordable homes.

“This is a very exciting opportunity to deliver truly transformative regeneration of this part of the city and help tackle Cardiff's housing need.”

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