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Redevelopment of riverside site promises 2,500 homes

Words: Roger Milne
Embankment Cardiff / Vastint UK

The masterplan for the regeneration of a key brownfield site in Cardiff with thousands of new homes and a significant amount of business floor space was unveiled for consultation by developer Vastint UK this week.

The scheme, called the Embankment, is earmarked for 16 hectares of land at Dumballs Road by the River Taff, where up to 2,500 new homes are proposed –12.5 per cent of which would be affordable – alongside 54,000 square metres of business space and opportunities for leisure, hospitality and retail uses.

The developer has stressed that the scheme is designed to open up access to the riverside by reconnecting the city to the bay with an uninterrupted pathway and would provide much-needed connections between Grangetown and Butetown with the addition of a new cycle and footbridge across the river.

The proposals also include considerable open space with a new riverside park and water taxi stop on the Taff. Cardiff Council has expressed support for the scheme because the land has remained largely derelict for the past 30 years. The council agreed to sell 3.5 hectares of land off Dumballs Road to the developer in September 2020 to assist with the masterplanning.

An outline planning application is due to be submitted shortly.

Image credit | Vastint UK