City of Cardiff Council gives green light for Plasdŵr

Cooke & Arkwright advised landowners on the scheme

16 March 2017

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City of Cardiff Council planning committee has approved plans for the remaining elements of Plasdŵr, with lead developer Redrow starting work on the first homes later this month. The main application, passed by the city’s planning committee, includes an illustrative masterplan for the entire 900-acre (368-hectare) site that borders Radyr, Danescourt, Fairwater, Pentrebane and St. Fagans, where developers intend to create a “world-class, sustainable community”.

Described as a “garden city for the 21st century”, Plasdŵr takes inspiration from the successful movement founded on the principles of “fresh air, sunlight, breathing room and playing room”.

Michael Lawley, Chairman of Cooke & Arkwright said, “We have been advising the landowners and leading on the promotion and evolution of the Plasdŵr proposals for many years, so we are delighted that this key milestone has been reached in the progress of this exciting residential and mixed use development for Cardiff and Wales. We look forward to seeing it implemented and delivering on the Plasdŵr vision.”

Plasdŵr will be made up of distinct areas of individual character, blending heritage with contemporary living. The development will also contribute a total of £55.7million in community benefits including four primary schools, a secondary school, health centres, shops, offices, pubs and restaurants, leisure centres, playing fields and parks and preserved woodland.

Sustainability is a key feature of the vision, with a carefully planned hierarchy of roads path and cycleways to maximise walking and cycling and the use of public transport.

Plasdŵr is expected to create over 30,000 jobs during its lifetime, many through the construction phase but also permanent jobs through the education, health, leisure, office and retail space it will install.

Wayne Rees, project director for Plasdŵr at Redrow, welcomed the planning committee’s decision.

“Plasdŵr will deliver the homes and community our capital needs, helping fuel economic growth.

“Integration with existing local communities and infrastructure is key to the success of Plasdŵr, helping it truly become a ‘place’. We are working closely with stakeholders to bring both current and new residents together as neighbours.”

The first 126 of 630 proposed homes, which were approved by planners at the end of last year, will be built on a 16-acre site to the north of Llantrisant Road and construction of these homes is expected to begin before Easter. Infrastructure improvements will continue and work at the Pentrebane site for a further 290 homes will begin before the end of the year.


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