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High-rise flats green-lit for Cardiff city centre

Words: Roger Milne
Flats / Dariusz Jarzabek, Shutterstock_727770814

Two more parts of the development jigsaw in central Cardiff were approved this week – the city council gave the go-ahead to a pair of planning applications for the second phase of the landmark Central Quay development on the former Brains brewery site.

The plans involve more than 700 new homes. Property developer Rightacres has obtained planning permission to bring forward two plots located to the north and south of the site’s landmark brewery building and chimney with a cluster of high-rise blocks of flats. The tallest will be 29 storeys high. A total of 718 flats are proposed, many with balconies.

The schemes include commercial floor space, cycle parking and storage, limited car parking, two public squares (one with a water feature), pocket parks, sustainable urban drainage and a new ‘boulevard’ access road. The buildings will be fitted with air source heat pumps and solar panels.

The council had calculated that the developer should provide just over £21 million in contributions towards community facilities, but has settled for £2.2 million after accepting that the development would not be viable if the developer had to pay the previous amount. The money will be used for open space provision, education, affordable housing and a contribution towards a new bridge across the River Taff to enhance the active travel connection to the west of the river.

The officer’s report highlights that the development is in line with local development plan policies and “would bring vacant land into beneficial use with associated regeneration benefits, which promotes the efficient use of land and makes a positive contribution to housing supply.

The proposals will create a vibrant, hard and soft landscaped ‘place’ and will provide a positive visual link from Central Square towards Central Quay, drawing the development to the south of the railway line farther into the strategic site. The development will not harm the setting of any listed buildings.

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