Bellway has been confirmed as the second residential developer at Plasdŵr, the £2billion garden city under construction in north west Cardiff.

Agent Cooke & Arkwright, working on behalf of landowner, the Plymouth Estate, has confirmed that Bellway has signed contracts to acquire a 13.47-acre parcel of land to the north of Llantrisant Road bordering Heol Isaf, the road leading into the village of Radyr. Lead developer, Redrow Homes, is already underway with the construction of homes at Parc Plymouth on Llantrisant Road and at Cae St Fagans on Pentrebane Road.

Named Rhiwlas, the development will comprise 120 two to four-bedroom homes, with Bellway to start work early next year, once detailed planning consent has been secured. It forms part of the first phase of Plasdŵr, being built to the north and south of Llantrisant Road, that includes 630 new homes, infrastructure improvements and a new 480-place primary school.

Geraint Jenkins, Land Manager for Bellway Wales, said: “Plasdŵr is an important strategic development for Cardiff and will provide much-needed homes and supporting community facilities for the area. It’s a privilege to be part of shaping a sustainable new community where families can put down roots as well as set up businesses, play, go to school and enjoy their leisure time.

“Rhiwlas will offer quality family homes surrounded by lots of green, open space, only four miles from Cardiff city centre.”

Plasdŵr is described as a garden city for the 21st Century, inspired by the original garden city movement’s principles of “fresh air, sunlight, breathing room and playing room”, and the vision is to create a “world-class, sustainable community where people can work, live and play”. Its 900 acres, bordering Radyr, Danescourt, Fairwater, Pentrebane and St Fagans will be 40% green space and offer up to 7000 homes as it takes shape gradually over the next 20 years.

There will also be four new primary schools and a comprehensive school, health facilities, shops, offices, pubs and restaurants, leisure centres, playing fields, parks and preserved woodland. Transport within Plasdŵr has been planned with walking, cycling and public transport as the easiest ways to get around.

Mike Lawley, Chairman of Cooke & Arkwright, said: “Bellway’s arrival is a significant step forward in the creation of Plasdŵr, joining lead developer, Redrow. Over the next ten years, we expect many more housebuilders and affordable housing providers to come on board, not only to ensure delivery of such a significant community, but also to ensure the creation of areas of individual character, which are so important to achieving design diversity.

“It’s exciting to think that the residents of Rhiwlas will be among the founding members of the Plasdŵr community and will help shape it for future generations.”