The development of Cardiff over the next 14 years will be discussed by all the city’s councillors tomorrow, as the authority’s newest Local Development Plan (LDP) Preferred Strategy goes before the full council.
The LDP Preferred Strategy, which was approved by the council’s cabinet last week, outlines where the authority thinks major new housing and employment sites should be built up until October 2026.
The city’s last proposed LDP was withdrawn in 2010 after concerns about the council’s policy not to allocate any greenfield sites for development. The failure to produce an LDP at that time has meant Cardiff’s only working development plan dates back to 1996.
The new Preferred Strategy, which will go out to consultation next month if it is approved tomorrow, outlines plans for 45,000 new homes and 40,000 new jobs in Cardiff over the next 14 years.
This would include 18,250 homes on greenfield sites and 27,597 homes on regenerated brownfield sites. It is hoped the new housing will meet the needs of Cardiff’s growing population, which the Preferred Strategy says is expected to grow by 27% to 408,000 by 2026.
The report sent to councillors ahead of tomorrow’s meeting says that while more than half of the housing provision will be built on brownfield sites – including land that is yet to be developed in Cardiff Bay and new sites at the former Arjo Wiggins Mill and Ferry Road Gas Works – the need to develop on greenland sites is born out of “finite urban capacity” and the need to protect parks and river corridors.
The greenfield sites earmarked for development include:
- 6,000 homes on land between Lisvane and Pontprennau
- 2,000 homes to the east of the Pontprennau Link Road
- 7,500 homes in a new suburb west of Pentrebane
- 2,000 homes off Junction 23 on the M4
- 750 homes south of Creigiau
The preferred strategy also includes the development of new jobs at “strategic sites” including Cardiff Centre Enterprise Zone and Roath Basin. There are also proposals for a site offering emlpoyment in the ICT, life sciences, energy and environmental technology sectors north of Junction 33.
If the preferred strategy is approved by councillors tomorrow, it will be followed by a six-week consultation from November 1 to December 14 this year, with “consultee conferences”, a rolling roadshow and questionnaire surveys.
The results of the consultation will be used to develop a Deposit Plan, which would be considered by cabinet and full council in September 2013.
We will be at the full council meeting in County Hall tomorrow afternoon from 4.30pm. Follow @jessicabest87 for live updates as it unfolds. You can also read Peter Law’s analysis of what the plan could mean for the city if it is adopted.