An exciting project to breathe new life into a city suburb has been completed.
The regeneration of the Upper Shops area of Beechley Drive, Pentrebane has delivered 13 new affordable homes and new shopping provision after the area was identified in the Council’s Local Centres Strategy as a centre in need of redevelopment.
During consultation on the way forward, the community agreed that the shops were a valued amenity located in the right place but did not meet local needs because of their poor condition. The maisonettes above the shops were hard to let and experienced on-going problems of anti-social behaviour and vandalism.
A partnership development between the City of Cardiff Council and Cadwyn Housing Association has created a range of 1-bed, 2-bed and 3-bed homes as well as four new commercial units, better suited in size for local businesses.
The project has also involved public realm improvements and provision of a new pedestrian crossing.
Leader of the City of Cardiff Council, Councillor Phil Bale, said:
“The Upper Shops area of Beechley Drive has been revitalised by this regeneration project. A once neglected and rundown shopping parade has been transformed with the construction of new shops and modern homes. The difference in the area is remarkable.
“This scheme has created four modern retail units, three of which have already been let, at the right size which will be more sustainable for the future. 13 affordable homes have also been built, helping to meet local housing needs.
“Local schools and the community have played a key role in the development with a community art project that brightened up the vacant shop fronts while the scheme was being planned and during the development.
“With three primary schools within a stone’s throw of the development, it’s great to see the enhanced road safety measures, improved parking arrangements and improvements to surrounding pavements.
“The Council’s vision is for Cardiff to be a truly liveable city, the most liveable capital in Europe in fact, and by breathing new life into our communities in this way with affordable homes and sustainable local facilities, we are indeed contributing to that ambition.”
Chris O’Meara, Chief Executive of Cadwyn Housing Association, said:
“In this location, more affordable homes weren’t enough for the local community. There was a wider problem with existing facilities, including run down shops, which detracted from the area. We were pleased to be able to meet both sets of challenges thanks to partnership working with the City of Cardiff Council.”