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Green light for master plan of Cardiff’s ‘garden city’ project

Words: Roger Milne
County Hall

The City of Cardiff Council has approved plans for the remaining elements of Plasdŵr, the £2 billion garden city development earmarked for the north-west outskirts of the capital.

Lead developer Redrow expects to start work on the first homes later this month.

The main application, passed by the city’s planning committee, includes an illustrative master plan for the entire 368-hectare site that borders Radyr, Danescourt, Fairwater, Pentrebane and St. Fagans.

The developers are promising to create a “world-class, sustainable community”. Ultimately the scheme could deliver well over 6,000 new homes.

The development will contribute a total of £55.7 million in community benefits including four primary schools, a secondary school, health centres, shops, offices, pubs and restaurants, leisure centres, playing fields and parks and preserved woodland.

The proposals include planned hierarchy of roads, paths and cycleways to maximise walking and cycling and the use of public transport.

Plasdwr is expected to create over 30,000 jobs during its lifetime. Wayne Rees, project director for Plasdŵr at Redrow, welcomed the planning committee’s decision.

“Plasdŵr will deliver the homes and community our capital needs, helping fuel economic growth” he insisted.

The first 126 of 630 proposed homes, which were approved by the planning authority at the end of last year, will be built on a six-hectare site to the north of Llantrisant Road, with construction of these homes expected to begin before Easter. Infrastructure improvements will continue and work at the Pentrebane site for a further 290 homes will begin before the end of the year.

Locally concerns remain about traffic issues. However, the development is in line with the capital’s approved local development plan.