Potential locations for more than 450 new homes in Cardiff as part of the city council’s largest house building scheme for almost three decades are revealed today.
Cardiff Council wants to build 1,000 new homes over five years from 2013 in an effort to tackle the city’s growing housing waiting list, which currently stands at more than 11,000, and create hundreds of jobs for the local construction industry.
29 potential locations for up to 461 of these new homes have been revealed by the council, and the authority is now going out to consultation on with ward members and residents.
They include up to 170 new homes across nine sites in Caerau and Ely, up to 112 new homes on six sites in Llanrumney and Rumney, and up to 100 new homes in Butetown.
Cardiff council’s executive member for housing Councillor Judith Woodman said possible locations for the remaining homes were still being investigated and would be revealed at a later date.
The potential locations identified so far include 28 brownfield sites and one greenfield site across 13 electoral wards.
Coun Woodman said many of the sites had been selected for potential redevelopment because they were “problem sites”, with issues such as derelict buildings and fly tipping.
She said they had also tried to target the areas with the greatest housing needs.
There is one potential site in Butetown, three sites in Caerau, one in Cathays, six in Ely, and one each in Fairwater and Grangetown.
Another site is earmarked for potential development in Heath, four in Llanishen, three in Llanrumney, one in Pentyrch, and one in Penylan.
Three possible sites are highlighted for Rumney, one in Tremorfa and two in Trowbridge and St Mellons.
The land across all 29 sites totals just over 18 acres, and could cater for a total of either 325 two to four bed family houses and bungalows, or 461 “units of increased density”, such as flats.
The final number and type of home built at each location will depend on the results of the consultation process, and Coun Woodman said it was possible that sites in other wards, or additional sites in these wards, could be considered for consultation when further investigation work is completed.
Construction on the 29 sites is estimated to cost a total of £41 million, with money coming from the council, social landlords, and private investors.
The council is investing £33 million in the project as a whole.
40 per cent of the completed homes will be allocated as affordable social homes to rent, including council housing, homes owned by social landlords, and low cost home ownership schemes.
The rest will be sold as private sector housing.
Coun Woodman said it was hoped the council would go out to tender on the project by the summer, once all sites have been identified and consulted on, and that building will start towards the end of the 2013/2014 financial year.
Coun Woodman said the scheme will create around 250 local jobs, and possibly apprenticeships as well.
She added that despite local elections due to take place in May – and even if the administration of Cardiff council changed – she was confident the scheme would go ahead.
She said: “Executive have approved the scheme too. It’s a decision that has been made, and the policy has been set.
“Whoever is in charge will inherit a challenging portfolio in relation to housing. With a waiting list of 11,000 in this city of all different types of property, people living longer and a growing city, the reality is we have to try and build as many properties as possible.
“This is a good news story for Cardiff.”
- North of County Hall (adjacent to Henke Court, Atlantic Wharf, Butetown
- Caldicot Road, Caerau
- Penally Road site 1, Caerau
- Heol Trenewydd, Caerau
- Wedal Road, Cathays
- Frank Rd 22-36, Ely
- Highmead Road, Ely
- Snowden Road 34-33, Ely
- Snowden Rd, Ely
- Wilson Road site 1, Ely
- Wilson Road site 2, Ely
- Gorse Place, Fairwater
- Rutland St, Grangetown
- Highfields, Heath
- Deganwy Close, Llanishen
- Fishguard Road (land next to shops), Llanishen
- Templeton Avenue, Llanishen
- Occupational Therapy 65 Ty Glas Ave, Llanishen
- Honiton Road, Llanrumney
- Llanrumney Depot, Mount Pleasant Avenue, Llanrumney
- Llanrumney Housing Office, Countisbury Ave, Llanrumney
- Heol Danyodyn, Pentyrch
- Ty Mawr, Southminster Road, Penylan
- Cae Glas, Beaumaris Road, Rumney
- Trowbridge Children’s Centre, Greenock Road, Rumney
- Letterston Rd/Caer Castell Pl, Rumney
- Storrar Road, Tremorfa
- Menai Way, Trowbridge/St Mellons
- Trowbridge Green (next to 178) Trowbridge/St Mellons