Cardiff housing plans ‘must be supported by local services’

March 27, 2012 No Comments »
Cardiff housing plans ‘must be supported by local services’

Politicians have called for new housing plots in Cardiff not to overload services after a list of potential development locations was revealed.

Possible sites for more than 450 new homes in the city across 13 electoral wards were unveiled yesterday.

The proposals are part of Cardiff Council plans to build 1,000 new homes over five years from 2013 to tackle the city’s 11,000-strong housing waiting list.

40 per cent of the homes will be affordable housing.

A derelict site at Wilson Road in Ely – the location of the so-called Ely Riots in August 1991 – is among 28 brownfield sites earmarked for development, along with a greenfield site at Deganwy Close in Llanishen.

Two sites in Wilson Road, Ely are earmarked for development

Ely councillor Russell Goodway said while he accepted the site at Wilson Road was a “reasonably good” location for development he was concerned about the provision of services for prospective new residents.

He said shops, health centres, schools and play areas would be needed to support the developments.

“The local service provision can’t cope with it. There isn’t anything there to underpin it, particularly if there is a concentration of social housing in the community.”

He added: “We do need houses for people to live in but we also need services for those people and that’s what I want to see addressed.”

Two and a half acres of land to the north of County Hall in Cardiff Bay, adjacent to the Henke Court development in Atlantic Wharf, could be developed with either 58 houses or 100 flats pencilled in at the location.

Cardiff South and Penarth AM Vaughan Gething, a former Butetown councillor, said there was a “huge oversupply” of flats in the Bay and added any new development would have to account for “road traffic, safer spaces to walk and cycle and making public transport generally accessible”.

A recycling depot and offices in Wedal Road, Cathays, is among premises Cardiff council plans to close as part of plans announced last month designed to clear a multi-million-pound maintenance backlog.

The 0.55-acre site is due to be given up by the authority in 2014/15 and, under the new proposals, could become home to eight properties.

Ward councillor Simon Wakefield said: “If it’s going to be social housing or council housing or family homes that is a very, very good outcome for that site. We’ve been saying for a long time in Cathays that we don’t need more student flats.”

Five acres of land at the rear of Western Leisure Centre in Caldicot Road, Caerau, could accommodate either 82 houses or 130 flats.

Councillor Jacqui Gasson said: “I want to see a mix of tenures.

“I don’t want to see solely social housing though I know the waiting list for my ward is long.”

The  1,000 new homes Cardiff Council wants to build will all be designed with sustainability in mind.

Detailed design work will not take place until after consultation with ward councillors and residents is complete, but the authority’s executive member for housing Councillor Judith Woodman said all the homes – whether council houses, social landlord-owned properties, or private sector homes – would have sustainable features to make sure they are efficient for heat and power.

She said: “This will help our carbon footprint, but also helps to tackle fuel poverty.”

Sustainability measures could include looking at building materials to ensure they are as energy efficient as possible, resulting in lower bills and better heat insulation.

The authority will also look at all the sites to see what renewable energy technologies might be suitable, such as solar electricity panels, solar hot water panels, air source heat pumps and ground source heat pumps.

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