A new “waterfront community” of almost 800 new homes in Cardiff Bay is set to be given the green-light by planners in the capital next week.
Cardiff Council’s planning committee will hold a special meeting on Wednesday to consider four linked applications that, if approved, would see 798 homes built on land off Ferry Road and Watkiss Way.
They include plans for two landmark towers, standing at 27 and 23 storeys high, which will “cantilever” out over the water, as well as 10 five-bedroom waterfront homes which it has been suggested could sell for £1 million each.
All four applications have been recommended for approval by the council’s planning officers.
As part of that approval, developer Greenbank Partnerships Ltd will be required to contribute almost £8 million towards a new ice arena which is also planned for the Bay area.
The first of the four applications that will go before councillors on Wednesday is for 561 homes – including 392 apartments and 169 houses – on five-hectares of land on the peninsular next to the international sports village.
The majority of the apartments would be in the two “cantilevering” towers, while the rest of the development – to be know as Cardiff Pointe – will be made up of town houses, maisonettes, and the waterfront homes.
A “linear park” would connect the two blocks, with play areas at either end, and the plans also propose 982 square metres of retail space. This could also be used to house facilities such as doctors or dentists surgeries.
The second site is currently used as a temporary car park for the international swimming pool and Cardiff International White Water Centre. Greenbank Partnerships is seeking permission to build 79 homes on this site, including 43 apartments and 36 houses.
The third application is for 63 apartments on land behind the Morrisons supermarket on Ferry Road, while the fourth is for 95 apartments on land off Watkiss Way.
These two sites will be a mixture of private and social housing. Planning documents show that the council’s housing strategy would ideally see 40% of the 798 homes across all four sites designated as affordable housing.
However, “due to the exceptional nature of the scheme”, officers said they would accept 12.5% of the scheme being affordable housing – equivalent to 100 houses or apartments – with the rest of the affordable housing contribution being made up by a payment of £7.9 million towards the development of a new ice arena.
Greenbank Partnerships Ltd has submitted separate plans for a new Olympic-standard ice arena, winter sports complex, and what would be Wales’ tallest building on a site neighbouring the Cardiff Pointe development.
As part of the conditions planning officers recommend councillors attach to the approval of the Cardiff Pointe developments is a £1.9 million contribution towards the improvement of local primary and secondary school facilities, and a multi-use games area for older children on the peninsula.
There are no residents objections to the main Cardiff Pointe development, or the proposals for 79 homes on the temporary car park off Ferry Road.
However, objections have been lodged by residents in relation to the Morrisons and Watkiss Way sites.
Assembly member Eluned Parrot has raised concerns about the Morrisons site on the grounds of overdevelopment, insufficient parking, and a lack of social infrastructure. The council has also received 38 letters of objection from nearby residents concerned about parking, an oversupply of apartments in the area, and the location of social housing next to Prospect Place.
Residents living near the Watkiss Way site also highlighted parking issues, affordable housing provision leading to social problems, and the negative impact on property prices and the character of the area.
Cardiff Council’s planning committee will meet to discuss all four applications on Wednesday December 19 at 2.30pm in City Hall. You can see the planning documents in full here.