Ageing Fairwater shops to be flattened for new development

September 6, 2012 No Comments »

An artist’s impression of the development planned for Beechley Drive in Fairwater.

An ageing and largely empty suburban parade of shops are to be flattened to make way for new homes and commercial units, under new plans.

Cadwyn Housing Association was appointed by Cardiff council to redevelop the row of shops and flats opposite Ysgol Gymraeg Coed-Y-Gof, on Beechley Drive, in Fairwater.

According to the planning application, only two of the seven retail units in the block are occupied – by a convenience store and a fish and chip shop.

There are also 10 maisonettes located above the parade of shops, which are owned and managed by the council.

The commercial element of the new development will have a range of uses, including possible office space and an anchor retail tenant.

They will rise up alongside a single one-bedroom unit, 11 two-bedroom units and one three-bedroom unit. All of the new homes will be social housing.

The application, which will go before the council’s planning committee for approval, states: “Overall, the proposed redevelopment of the site represents a significant opportunity to improve both the affordable housing and retail provision within the local community, with a design and appearance of the built form appropriately responding to the setting.”

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