800 homes in Cardiff Pointe scheme approved

December 20, 2012 7 Comments »
An artist's impression of what the Cardiff Pointe scheme, containing 798 homes, will look like.

An artist’s impression of what the Cardiff Pointe scheme, containing 798 homes, will look like.

Construction of an 800-home waterfront community in Cardiff Bay is set to begin in the new year after the plans were given the go-ahead last night.

Considered the missing piece in the International Sports Village (ISV) jigsaw, the £250m Cardiff Pointe will be one of the biggest developments to rise up in the city in recent years.

Cardiff Council’s planning committee approved four linked applications to build 798 homes on vacant land off Ferry Road, Watkiss Way and Empire Way.

The largest scheme is for 561 homes – including 392 apartments and 169 houses – on the peninsular of land between Cardiff Bay Yacht Club and the International Swimming Pool.

Councillors were told Cardiff Pointe will be built in six phases, with early construction focusing on town houses and maisonettes.

Later phases will include 18 five-bedroom waterside “executive” houses and finally two landmark towers, standing 23 and 27 storeys high, that will “cantilever” over the water.

At the foot of the zinc-clad towers will be shops and community facilities, with the local health board already indicating it would be interested in opening a “satellite surgery”.

Committee chairman Councillor Michael Michael said: “Overall, I welcome this scheme – hopefully it’s a sign that the city is moving forward.”

The second site, currently used as a temporary car park for the swimming pool, will see 79 homes built, including 43 apartments and 36 houses.

An artist's impression osf some of the waterfront homes at night,

An artist’s impression osf some of the waterfront homes at night,

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 sites will also be a mixture of private and social housing.

Riverside’s Labour councillor Iona Gordon, the only councillor not to back the main scheme, was concerned it did not offer a continuous cycle path around the peninsular’s coastline.

“This Bay is our coast – we are denying access to views of the sea for the whole of the Cardiff’s citizens to enjoy,” she said, but planning officers insisted the proposed route was a “big improvement”.

As part of a deal to reduce the social housing element from 40% to 12.5%, developer Greenbank Partnerships Ltd must pay £7.9m towards a new ice arena.

Greenbank has separate plans for a 3,000-seat, dual-pad ice arena, real-snow indoor ski slope and what would be Wales’ tallest building for land neighbouring Cardiff Pointe.

It is hoped the ice arena, the new home of the Cardiff Devils, will be ready for the start of the 2014-15 ice hockey season. That application is expected to go before the planning committee in March.

The developer must also pay a contribution of almost £2m towards improving local primary and secondary schools, £118,500 per year for three years on boosting bus services and £106,050 on upgrading cycle routes.

Jonathan Smith, director of Figurehead Homes who will be delivering the scheme for Greenbank Partnerships Ltd, said: “We are delighted that Cardiff Council has resolved to approve the development and the regeneration of this part of Cardiff.

“We hope Cardiff Pointe will provide an exemplar residential development; not only one that reflects Cardiff’s current status as a capital city and a capital of culture, but also one that will hopefully set a blueprint for future development in the city.

“We believe that Cardiff should aspire to world-class and environmentally friendly residential design, and that high quality design and living accommodation should be readily accessible.  Cardiff Pointe will provide a sustainable community offering a broad range of accommodation to suit all.”

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  1. Matthew Lock December 20, 2012 at 10:55 am - Reply

    and the Snow dome?

    £8million on an ice rink? Is it made of diamonds?

  2. alan December 20, 2012 at 12:13 pm - Reply

    All well and good building new homes etc, but this is titled Cardiff International Sports Village. Original plans included indoor ski slopes, top facilities for sports training, better transport links and the like. All that is sport related apart from the yacht club, which existed many years before, is the new swimming pool, a less than half hearted replacement ice rink, and a white water rafting course, which in my belief is not being used to it's full potential because it is an elitist sport.

    • Your Cardiff December 20, 2012 at 12:29 pm - Reply

      Hi Alan – there are still plans for the winter sports complex – including the ski slope – in the area. Those plans will go before the planning committee in March. More details here: http://yourcardiff.walesonline.co.uk/2012/11/01/w

  3. HOTBULB December 20, 2012 at 3:12 pm - Reply

    They'll be building over a temporary carpark. Do the plans include proper replacement parking? And why are the developers allowed to resile on commitment to social housing? Surely the well-heeled have plenty of housing choice already whereas the disadvantaged have their options furTher reduced!

    • Anonymous December 23, 2012 at 1:02 pm - Reply

      The likely hood of them selling apartments when most are going to social housing wold be slim, hence why they reduced the amount from 40% to 12%.. Would you wanna pay 200k on an apartment where your next door neighbours could possibly living there free? And most probs skiving off the government?

  4. @greengranma December 23, 2012 at 1:51 pm - Reply

    Shame on Cardiff Labour Party – It has been reported that the ice rink project will be developed by Helium Miracle 113, a subsidiary of Greenbank Partnerships. 'As part of a deal to reduce the social housing element from 40% to 12.5%, developer Greenbank Partnerships Ltd must pay £7.9m towards a new ice arena. Does this mean they are giving funding to themselves to develop the ice rink?' Disgraceful to let the poorest down in this way.

  5. @greengranma December 23, 2012 at 1:59 pm - Reply

    Ice rink to to be developed by Helium Miracle 113 a Greenbank subsidiary who are allowed cut social housing 40% to 12.5% as Greenbank pay £7.9m towards new ice arena they build?? Shame on Cardiff Labour Coucil doing backroom deals

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