A giant high-rise development in Butetown could be saved, as the plans were withdrawn at the last-minute.
The Havannah Quay development on industrial land on Dumballs Road was up for refusal by the planning committee.
A council planning officer revealed in the last 24-hours they had received email correspondence to suggest a legal agreement could be reached.
Outline planning permission had been granted in December 2007 for development, which included 2,000 residential units, office space and a 24-storey five-star luxury hotel.
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Council officers had struggled to sign agreement with the developers – Havannah Quay Ltd – for community benefits, including a new bridge across the River Taff, as part of the scheme.
It emerged yesterday the man leading the development, Philip Bowles, had been jailed in 2009 for tax avoidance.
The outline planning permission remains for the scheme, and will return to the council’s planning committee at a later date.