Developers have released their masterplan of a 2,500-home development set to be built in north Cardiff.
It is the next phase of the massive building frenzy launched as a result of the city’s local development plan .
In 2016, the council approved the locations of eight sites where 41,400 new homes could be built in the city.
In the north east of the city, the authority allocated the last remaining wedge of green space for 4,500 homes.
This latest scheme is by developer Taylor Wimpey and would include 2,500 homes on land south of the M4, between Llanishen Reservoir and Cardiff Gate Business Park.
It is bordered by Lisvane (to the west), Cyncoed and Pentwyn (to the south) and Pontprennau (to the east).
The new development sits next to the Churchlands site being developed by Redrow , which has planning permission for 1,000 homes, a primary school and village centre.
As well as homes, the new Taylor Wimpey development would include a new primary school and secondary school, community and retail facilities as well as green space.
They say it would also include public transport improvements and pedestrian and cycle links.
Images of the proposed new development have been released ahead of the developers meeting with residents.
What will it include?
A . Keeping St Mellons Road and access to existing properties as well as improving pedestrian and cycle routes
B . Mixed use area next to Cardiff Gate to allow “integration and provision” of existing business facilities
C . Rapid transit route to support enhanced public transport, cycling and walking
D . A hub for new retail and community facilities and a new primary and secondary school
E . Open space and green infrastructure framework providing a distinct setting for the development
F. Discrete development parcels providing an opportunity for different character areas
G. Areas of formal and informal open space including opportunities for play and recreation
H. A new valley park including flood attenuation measures
I. Improved drainage
When will it be built?
Once meetings have taken place in early September, another round of public consultation on more detailed plans will follow in the autumn, with a planning application due to be submitted before the end of the year.
Because there is an existing woodland, existing trees, hedgerows and pond on the site, an environmental impact assessment is being undertaken to preserve the elements “where possible”,
Water and flood studies are also being carried out.
Project director Adrian Slade said: “Our aim is to establish an inclusive and sustainable community, providing a tranquil living environment, with inspirational workspaces and education facilities.
“This will include design that will minimise the need for car travel by encouraging sustainable travel choices, as well as by ensuring we maximise the significant green assets of the site to create a wide range of new open green spaces to be used and enjoyed by residents.
“The emerging masterplan has to date been developed in close dialogue with Cardiff council and other key stakeholders, and we are committed to engaging with local communities to help us refine the plans to create an attractive, vibrant and distinct townscape that integrates with the existing communities of Lisvane and Pontprennau and the new community of Churchlands.”
This development was triggered by the approval of the city’s local development plan.
In the west of the city, the giant Plasdwr development is taking shape led by Redrow and will have 7,000 homes.
This development in the north east is the second biggest plot of land to be developed.
In the document, each of the eight sites approved was given a corresponding letter. This would be part of site “F” – west of Pontprennau.
According to the LDP site F had to include:
- Minimum of 4,500 homes and jobs
- New bus routes and links to site G (East of Pontprennau link road)
- Create link to rail services at Llanishen and Thornhill stations and jobs at St Mellons Business Park
- New shops, upgrade to Llanishen and Pontprennau leisure centres
- New secondary school, three new primary schools and contribution to existing primary schools
What has already been approved?
In February 2017, planners gave 1,500 homes at Churchlands approval.
The homes will be built on land at Creigiau near junction 33 of the M4.
A new school and park and ride for 1,000 cars was also approved as part of the plans.
The homes at this site will be a mix of houses, flats and sheltered accommodation for the elderly.
Three new junctions would be created – two along Llantrisant Road and another access route from the M4.
A “bus gate” – allowing access to buses only – will be built between Llantrisant Road and Junction 33.
On all new roads there will be either cycle-only or shared bike and pedestrian paths.
Concerns have already been raised by local residents about the impact the increase in traffic will have on existing areas.
- The two public meetings about the Taylor Wimpey scheme are on Tuesday, September 4 between Noon and 7.30pm at Lisvane Memorial Hall and on Thursday, September 6 between 11am and 5pm at Pontprennau Community Church.