Cardiff £100m 'Urban Village' Plans Submitted

Monday, 15th October 2012

Up to 1,200 jobs will be created during the construction of a new 800-home “urban village” on a former city industrial site, according to developers who this week formally submitted plans. The social enterprise scheme behind proposals to redevelop the old Arjo Wiggins paper mill site, submitted an outline planning application to Cardiff council. The £100m development, first announced in April, includes at least 60% affordable homes with a mixture of apartments and houses, along with a neighborhood centre for shops and services.

  The Principality Building Society-led regeneration is backed by the Welsh Government. The application documents state that up to 1,200 new jobs could be created during construction. The Mill’s master-plan allows “for up to 800 dwellings, including affordable properties available for rent or rent-to-buy and properties for sale on the open market”.    

If approved by the council’s planning committee, the new housing estate will be set within an “attractive tree lined boulevard”. A new bridge over the River Ely will connect homes with a newly-created Riverside Park which be linked to the Ely Trail. More details have also been announced for the creation of a neighborhood centre on the site, which could include “small enterprise units, a crèche, a community market and other small businesses.


Last week it was announced that a £1.5m contract had been awarded to prepare the 53-acre derelict site. Regional Civil Engineer Walters UK will begin work to recover and recycle over 85,000 tonnes of concrete – which makes up between 60-70% of the site – in November. David Ward, CEO of The Mill, said: “In addition to providing much-needed affordable housing in the centre of Cardiff, The Mill aims to deliver a much-needed stimulus for the local construction industry. “As developers, we are committed to ensuring The Mill is a sustainable, environmentally friendly development.”