Plans to build 6,000 new homes on the outskirts of Cardiff have now been passed, with the ‘Cardiff Garden Village’ application thought to be the ‘biggest the council had ever had to consider’.
Having been planning the development for many years now, Redrow have finally overcome the last hurdle in the ‘Garden Village’ plans, having gained approval on the £2bn project. Producing around 6,000 homes, four schools, shops as well as health and sports facilities on fields near St Fagans, this large-scale project will take around 20 years to complete.
In addition to the above facilities the 368 hectare site (900 acres) on fields bordering Fairwater, St Fagans, Danescourt and Radyr, will include food stores, a GP surgery a dental surgery, allotments, restaurants and pubs, making Plasdŵr a fully-functioning community. Wanting to excite children and teenagers in particular, the development will include facilities such as skate parks, playgrounds and leisure centres.
While some objections were raised considering impacts on the environment and traffic, it appears Redrow have addressed such concerns, featuring plans to build new roads as well as bus and cycle routes within the project plans.
Initially, the scheme was contested by Plaid Cymru AM Neil McEvoy and Rod McKerlich, councillor for Radyr and Morganstown, seeing a petition of more than 200 names and 130 letters being submitted in opposition.Their concerns included worries about wildlife, increased traffic numbers, and questions over whether local services could cope with the large influx of new residents it would bring. Seeming to have addressed all of the above, Redrow can now begin on phase one.
Due to start as early as next month, the project will create close to 30,000 jobs. While most will be in construction, many permanent roles will be created to manage the on-site facilities.