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Plans Approved for Affordable Homes at Former Cardiff Milk Factory

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Not-for-profit housing organisation United Welsh has been granted approval to build a mix of one, two, and three-bedroom apartments, alongside apartments for older people with communal lounges and a roof terrace.

74 of the homes will be delivered in phase one, with the remaining 35 being delivered in phase two.

The affordable homes will be built by Celtic Offsite, a social enterprise within the United Welsh Group. Celtic Offsite will manufacture the timber frame structures for the homes from its factory in Caerphilly.

Teresa Barnes, Development Manager at United Welsh said,

“We are delighted to secure planning approval to bring these 109 homes to Cardiff. This development will help meet the local need for housing and provide high-quality, energy-efficient homes for residents. The site is in an ideal spot in the city, with Canton offering a wealth of parks, shops, and activities right on the doorstep.

“We look forward to progressing this development and seeing work begin on site.”

The development will be built to high energy performance standards, embracing renewable energy sources such as solar panels and ground source heat pumps to reduce carbon emissions and help tackle fuel poverty. The homes will also benefit from electric vehicle chargers, so the growing number of electric vehicle drivers can charge their cars at home.

United Welsh worked in partnership with architects Roberts Limbrick and planning and development consultancy Turley to gain planning approval.

Rhianon Jones, Senior Planner at Turley, said,

“It has been a privilege to be part of the Sanatorium Road project. This important development will provide much-needed affordable housing and play a key role in the transformation of the Canton area.

“Our Cardiff planning team provided expert planning advice to United Welsh and by building strong relationships with the local planning authority, we were able to help United Welsh meet their aspirations for the project. We’re looking forward to seeing the development progress.”

Aled Roberts, director at Roberts Limbrick, said,

“We're pleased to have been involved in this exciting project for United Welsh and to help develop a high-quality scheme.  The development will provide much needed affordable accommodation for a range of ages on this once redundant brownfield site.”

Work will begin on site later this year, with all homes set for completion in early 2025.