As an ever expanding city, Cardiff has witnessed a surge in new developments in both the residential and commercial sector, and this trend looks set to continue as Persimmon Homes have submitted plans for 1,500 new homes in the north west of the Welsh capital.
The plans, which were submitted to Cardiff Council at the beginning of June, indicate the properties are to be located just north of Junction 33 on the M4, near the Travelodge Hotel Cardiff M4, covering the 191 acres of agricultural land in the area. When development is complete, Persimmon hope that the area will become a thriving Cardiff community, aiding Cardiff Council’s Local Development Plan and paving the way for future developments in both the centre of Cardiff and its surrounding areas.
Besides the 1,500 new homes, the new community is expected to boast a combined two-form entry primary school and community centre, alongside food and drink outlets, shops, GP surgeries, offices and factories.
Persimmon’s plans have revealed that the 1,500 new homes will take the form of houses, flats and sheltered accommodation for the elderly, while a new park and ride hub with over 1,000 parking spaces will also be created. If the Welsh Government’s plans to build a Metro system in Cardiff come to fruition, then a new platform is planned to be incorporated on the proposed line between Cardiff Bay and Rhondda Cynon Taf.
The preliminary plans also revealed that the former rail line in the area could be turned into footpaths and cycle ways, providing residents with easy access to Llantrisant and the M4; open spaces such as play areas, sport pitches, orchards and allotments could also be created if the plans are approved.
Persimmon’s planning document also proposed the creation of 5 districts, each focusing on a different aspect of the community such as green areas, residential housing and commercial offices:
Surrounding "Greenway", a green area at the centre of the development, will be the "Westgate Employment District", a business park situated nearest the M4, "Junction 33 Central", featuring a primary school and transport connections, and finally "Woodland Park" and "Llantrisant Road Gateway", focusing on residential housing.
Persimmon were quick to point out that these plans are currently at the outline stage, and that more detailed plans would become available as the project progresses.
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