The city’s planners also resolved to grant outline permission for a further 290 homes at a second phase at Pentrebane, subject to completion of a S106 agreement, with infrastructure works expected to get under way in early 2017 and the first homes available next autumn. Michael Lawley, Chairman of Cooke & Arkwright and development advisor to the landowner on the scheme comments, “It has been a long process to navigate a path through complex situations but we are very pleased that after much hard work by all parties involved, work on the first phase of Plasdŵr will start this autumn. It promises to be an exemplar scheme for Cardiff and Wales.”
The 900 acre site borders Fairwater, St Fagans, Danescourt and Radyr and was identified in Cardiff’s adopted Local Development Plan as key to the city’s economic growth. Construction of the first phase is expected to create between 2,000 and 3,000 jobs. Plasdŵr is modelled on the principles of ‘fresh air, sunlight, breathing and playing room’ and characterised by green open spaces. It will create 7,000 homes in four distinct centres of individual character, each with a central square and primary school, and shops, offices, health and leisure centres, pubs and restaurants.