The start of Cardiff’s £2billion garden city moved another step closer today (15 June) as the city’s planners granted outline permission for further homes on land between St Fagans and Fairwater.
The development of up to 290 homes has been approved on a parcel of land to the south of Pentrebane Road, forming the first phase of Plasdŵr alongside 630 homes to the north and south of Llantrisant Road, which were approved in February.
Lead developer, Redrow expects to start infrastructure works this summer at Llantrisant Road, with the first homes expected in Spring 2017.
Infrastructure works to the south of Pentrebane Road includes improvements to Pentrebane road and provision for buses and cyclists. The development is also funding the extension of the existing bus services for the next 5 years. Infrastructure works are expected to get underway in early 2017, with the first homes likely to be available in the autumn of that year.
Construction of the first phase of the garden city is expected to generate between 2000 and 3000 jobs.
This first phase marks the inception of Plasdŵr’s masterplan over a strategic site identified as key to the city’s economic growth in Cardiff Council’s Local Development Plan.
The masterplan covers a 900 acre-site bordering Fairwater, St Fagans, Danescourt and Radyr. Heralded as a 21st Century garden city, Plasdŵr is modelled on the garden city movement’s principles of “fresh air, sunlight, breathing and playing room”, taking design inspiration from the natural landscape and characterised by green open spaces.
A community of up to 7000 homes will be developed – 5000 over the next ten years – set over four distinct centres of individual character, each with a central square and primary school, and shops, offices, health and leisure centres, pubs and restaurants.
Plasdŵr Project Director, Wayne Rees, said: “Today’s planning approval is not an isolated housing development but one of the first steps in creating Plasdŵr, a world-class, sustainable community delivered through a carefully phased masterplan.
“Work will now get underway on the detailed designs for the homes, the mix and type and the surrounding infrastructure.
“Momentum is really building now as we progress this first phase of Plasdŵr, with further developers to be brought on board by the end of this year. We are currently working with the council’s planning department to refine the detail of the wider masterplan. We expect to receive outline planning permission at the beginning of 2017, after which the remaining seven phases will be delivered.”
Developers are continuing to inform all stakeholders, including the neighbouring communities, on the plans.