Location: Glamorgan House
, Croescadarn Rd
Distance from the centre of Heol Glandulais, Pontprennau: Drive Time: 2 minutes Walk Time: 7 minutes
Location: Heath Park
, CF14 4XW
The Heath is an NHS-run hospital and is around a 9-minute drive from Pontprennau, or an hour’s walk.
Location: Station Road
, CF14 5LS
Distance from the centre of Heol Glandulais, Pontprennau: Drive Time: 7 minutes Walk Time: 50 minutes
Location: Newport Road
, CF3 4FD
Location: Heol Hir
, CF14 5YL
Distance from the centre of Heol Glandulais, Pontprennau: Drive Time: 9 minutes Walk Time: 55 minutes
Location: Llanedeyrn Road
, CF23 9DY
Distance from the centre of Heol Glandulais, Pontprennau: Drive Time: 6 minutes Walk Time: 54 minutes
Location: Pontprennau Primary School
, Heol Pontprennau
, CF23 8LL
Distance from the centre of Heol Glandulais, Pontprennau: Drive Time: 1 minutes Walk Time: 5 minutes
Location: Ysgol Gynradd Gymraeg Pen-y-Groes
, Bryn Celyn
, CF23 7EH
Distance from the centre of Heol Glandulais, Pontprennau: Drive Time: 5 minutes Walk Time: 23 minutes
Location: Llanedeyrn Road
, CF23 9DT
From Pontprennau Medical Centre. Drive time: 8 minutes Walk time: 37 minutes
Location: Glyn Collen
, CF23 7ES
From Pontprennau Medical Centre: Drive time: 6 minutes Walk time: 23 minutes
Location: Greenwood Close
, Cardiff Gate Business Park
, CF23 8RD
From Pontprennau Medical Centre. Drive time: 5 minutes Walk time: 17 minutes
Location: Circle Way West
, CF23 9PZ
From Pontprennau Medical Centre: Drive time: 8 minutes Walk time: 37 minutes
Location: 1 Lisvane Road
, CF14 0SA
From Pontprennau Medical Centre: Drive time: 6 minutes Walk time: 42 minutes
Pontprennau is served well by Cardiff bus routes 57, 58 and X59
There are no rail station in Pontprennau. The nearest rail station is Llanishen, a 6 minute drive away. Pontprennau is equi-distant at around 5 miles from both Cardiff Central and Newport.
Pontprennau is situated in between the M48 and the M4.
Location: Hoel Pontprennau
, CF23 8LL
Location: Pentwyn House
, Avenue Park
, CF23 8HE
Location: St. Mellons
, CF3 2XS
This family-friendly golf club is complete with a pro shop, function rooms and a top-of-the-range course. A great landscape setting – perfect for budding golfers!
Location: Cedar House
, Cardiff Gate Business Park
, CF23 8RD
Need we say more? This Sunday roast chain is not only good value for money, but tasty and all-you-can-eat! Only a short walk from the centre of Pontprennau, it’s ideal for lazy weekend lunches or midweek roasts.
Location: Church Rd
, CF3 6YA
A lovely pub that’s never too noisy or busy. The staff are friendly and the food is great. The Unicorn is a family pub that has a warm character and charm to it - ideal for big, family lunches or just popping by on a weekday with the kids.
A suburban sprawl of winding cul-de-sacs it may be, but to thousands of Cardiffians Pontprennau represents wonderfully located pockets of calm, tucked away from the bustle of city life.
Words by: Christian Amodeo
Edgy may not be a word you'd associate with Pontprennau, but right now this Cardiff suburb is about as edgy as you can get. After all, it makes up a sizeable chunk of the city's northeast fringe. Dad jokes aside, Pontprennau is all too easily dismissed as a characterless swathe of mock-this and mock-that architecture, but many of those who live here love it. So, is there more to Pontprennau than meets the eye, and is it possible to show the place in a new light?
"Whenever I think about Pontprennau, it always makes me smile," says Georgina Phillips, Labour Councillor for Pontprennau electoral division, which includes Old St Mellons. "It slopes to the south and sees the sun for most of the day, so it always feels warm and welcoming.
"I go over to the Community Church Centre coffee shop as often as I can, as it's the community focus where residents (mostly mums with young children) get together for a natter."
Welcoming, with a community focus? Now, don't lie - your eyebrows went up a bit at that, didn't they? Perhaps that was too much too soon. Let's start with some more obvious attributes
Pontprennau's very existence is symbolic of Cardiff's popularity and the result of a growth spurt late in the 20th century. It's well connected - Junction 30 of the M4 was created with the suburb in mind, and the nearby A48 allows great access in and out of town.
"That's the best thing about the place," confirms Valentino Cellupica. "If you're a motorist, it's just a quick drive down the road to Newport, or the other way up to the M4. That said, its position can be a bad thing too, as a taxi ride home from town is pricey, and it's the last stop on the bus."
Valentino settled in Acorn Grove when first moving to Cardiff six years ago. "Though my wife was from Cardiff, my family are in Newport, so Pontprennau was a perfect location for us," says the Graphic Designer. "It's a perfect place to live with a new family like we had. As housing areas go, it's quite picturesque."
Valentino describes Acorn Grove as "a nice little road", but admits it wouldn't be everyone's cup of tea. "It has a retail park at one end, which some people don't love, but it wasn't an issue for us. At the other end is a quiet country path offering prime running space, which I would take to every day."
This blend of out-of-town shopping and greenery is clearly popular - Pontprennau's population of 9,720 (along with Old St Mellons) has risen by a quarter, on average, across its neighbourhoods since 2001. Though that's not to say it feels crowded; population density here is 11.4 people per hectare compared to the Cardiff average of 24.7.
Meaning 'Bridge of Trees', as in wooden footbridges across the Nant Pontprennau, the district enjoys many pockets of parkland and play areas, and footpaths allow residents to move about away from traffic. There's also a significant, tree-filled 'nature corridor' that follows the eponymously-named stream's course through the middle of Pontprennau, and ultimately joins the Rhymney River on the other side of the A48.
"It's surprisingly green actually, with loads of nice walks, leading down onto the Rhymney Trail," says Pontprennau newcomer Sarah Lethbridge, Director of Executive Education at Cardiff Business School. "Admittedly, the trail may not be as nice as the Taff Trail, but hopefully it'll improve with age."
Sarah finds her commute into town just as quick now as from her previous home in Llandaff North. "There are loads of positives about Pontprennau. I was also delighted to discover how close I am to a McDonald's, KFC and even a Starbucks - thanks to Cardiff Gate services."
It's probably fair to say that Pontprennau's commercial offerings are better known than its recreational spaces. Nearby is 100-acre Cardiff Gate International Business Park (the 'International' is a more recent inclusion on the sign, presumably to give it a touch of élan, and why not? We know of English people who work there), hotel and motorway services. While across the country lane in Pontprennau proper is a similarly homogenous retail park.
With its large Asda, McDonald's, B&Q and furniture retailers, Cardiff Gate Retail Park may be a bit 'Any Town, UK', but it's incredibly handy. What more does the modern family need, I hear you ask.
Well, at the other end of Pontprennau (and the retail rainbow) is a Waitrose, not to mention a Jaguar garage and a private hospital - the latter two being older than Pontprennau, so state their addresses as Pentwyn (which is only across the road). There are also two Doctors surgeries and the aforementioned community centre. See, there's a lot to it.
It may seem like a maze, but Pontprennau has been carefully planned too - most homes lie on cul-de-sacs to limit traffic, with good visibility from houses for keeping an eye on little ones playing in the quiet streets.
Not that only families live here. Twenty-something Matt Owen lives with his girlfriend in Rowsby Court. "We live in a quiet little estate of townhouses and flats, and there's no trouble or anti-social behavior. Everyone is genuine and pleasant here, and we're right around the corner from pubs and supermarkets," he says.
And its popularity is set for a major boost, according to Amanda Trinder, CPS Homes' Sales Manager. "Pontprennau is a desirable location for buyers of any age due to the variation of properties, from one-bed flats to five-bed detached homes," she says. "It represents great value in comparison to many of the city's more established village-type suburbs, and the likelihood is that the location will become even more desirable when the primary school they're building is complete."
Finally set to open in September 2015 on Heol Pontprennau is a much-needed, new English-medium primary school for 420 children, plans for which saw objections from Pentwyn's Glyncoed Primary School only.
"The primary school feels like the final piece of the jigsaw puzzle," says Cllr Georgina Phillips. "They have all waited so long for it, and there is a real expectant buzz in the area."
Yet, even without a school, to dismiss Pontprennau as lacking a sense of community would be unfair. "It's true that there is very little there besides all the residential development, but there are some very strong ties amongst the residents who live there," asserts Georgina.
In one part of Pontprennau there's a cul-de-sac barbecue every summer to which everyone is invited. "They put chairs along the road and sit around chatting well into the night. It's always a great success," she says. The same group also goes out singing carols at Christmas, and elderly and infirm residents sit near their windows so they can listen and feel a part of things.
Once where there were only cows and sheep in fields, a community called Pontprennau thrives. And with Redrow already building homes in nearby Lisvane, the economy re-finding its strength, and the Council's plans for 6,500 new homes in Pontprennau's vicinity by 2026, it won't be the Johnny-come-lately among Cardiff suburbs for long.
CPS Homes last edited this page on 10/09/2015. All details listed were correct at the time of publishing. Reviewed every six months.