Plasdwr, North West Cardiff
Development planning advice for Plymouth Estate for 7,000 units and community proposal

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Michael Lawley
Chairman
Development Land; Property Valuation

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THE PROBLEM

  • The Estate owned a large area of land on the western edge of Cardiff and having identified it as having long term development potential, wanted to pursue that status.
  • Promotional activities for the Estate land within the North West Cardiff area relating to what is now Plasdwr, commenced around 15 years ago following the adoption of the City of Cardiff Local Plan. It was clear at the time that the continuing expansion of Cardiff would invariably lead to a need for greenfield sites in addition to the priority of brownfield sites.

THE SOLUTION

  • The Estate felt that its land was well positioned to deliver for Cardiff and commissioned over a period of years at its own expense and risk, wide ranging and comprehensive development planning activities including master planning, highways, ecology and infrastructure planning. This was co-ordinated by Michael Lawley of Cooke & Arkwright, and built up a persuasive body of evidence as to the merits of this land when the next round of development land releases were needed.

THE RESULT

  • The revised LDP, which has gone through Examination in Public (and the Inspector's report is now awaited), put forward a much more realistic proposed number of dwellings based on the Welsh Government population projections. This has included approximately 7,000 units in the North West Cardiff / Plasdwr area as well as community and district / local centre development. The Estate, represented by Cooke & Arkwright, and working with their lead partner Redrow, have carried out high quality master planning to develop a new, rounded distinct area within Cardiff which is to be known as Plasdwr - Cardiff's Garden City.

Cooke & Arkwright has acted for Plymouth Estate for over 50 years advising on its land holdings in and around Cardiff and across South Wales.

Cooke & Arkwright have been providing rating valuation advice to The Welsh Rugby Union Limited (“WRU”) and Millennium Stadium plc for many years. They were recently successful in achieving substantial reductions in the assessments of the Millennium Stadium, covering both the 2005 and 2010 rating list. These negotiated reductions yielded savings of c.£3.5m which, crucially, allows the WRU to re-invest in rugby throughout Wales. They advise the WRU across the group portfolio including the National Centre of Excellence in the Vale of Glamorgan. The valuation issues across the WRU portfolio are complex requiring a high level of understanding of the funding and finances of professional sport in Wales. Cooke & Arkwright’s experience and understanding of these issues and application to the rating valuation have yielded these substantial negotiated reductions. The WRU and the Millennium Stadium entrust our work to organisations with the required levels in experience and expertise in dealing with these complex issues. I am glad to say we have this expertise in Wales. I would have no hesitation in recommending ratepayers making use of this Welsh based expertise.

Steve Phillips, Group Finance Director, Welsh Rugby Union Group