Work on Cardiff’s £2billion garden city is set to start this summer after planners today (10 Feb) approved its first phase.
The first 630 of 7000 proposed homes in the north west of the capital have been given the green light on a site to the north and south of Llantrisant Road, following the successful submission of plans by Wales-based Redrow Homes.
This marks the first phase of Plasdŵr, a planned garden city on a 900 acre-site bordering Fairwater, St Fagans, Danescourt and Radyr.
Plasdŵr is on a strategic site identified in Cardiff’s Local Development Plan as key to the city’s economic growth. Construction of the first phase of the garden city is expected to generate between 2000 and 3000 jobs.
Modelled on the “successful elements” of the garden city movement, founded on the principles of “fresh air, sunlight, breathing and playing room”, Plasdŵr will be characterised by green open spaces.
It will comprise four distinct centres of individual character, each with a central square and primary school, and shops, offices, health and leisure centres, pubs and restaurants.
Infrastructure works will get underway this summer at the junction joining Llantrisant Road and Heol Isaf, with the roundabout being replaced by a signalised junction. Work is expected to start on the first homes in autumn 2016 with the first residents expected to move in in spring 2017.
Project director for Plasdŵr at Redrow, which is the lead developer, Wayne Rees, said: “The approval of the first phase at Llantrisant Road is a crucial element of the wider Plasdŵr masterplan, paving the way for the creation of a world-class, sustainable community in a country park setting.
Now we are preparing detailed designs for the first phase, which will map out the specifics of the design and composition of the homes, and we will continue to ensure local communities are informed as each phase of the development unfolds.”
Redrow Homes has also submitted plans to Cardiff County Council for a further 290 homes at Pentrebane Road, with a planning decision expected in the summer. It is anticipated that up to 5000 homes will be developed by 2026.
Developers are continuing to inform all stakeholders, including the neighbouring communities, on the plans.
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