Cardiff's 45,000 New Homes Expansion Development Plans
Cardiff Council is set to vote on the largest expansion of Wales' capital city for more than half a century. If approved, 45,400 new homes will be built by 2026, to accommodate the 26% predicted rise in the population to over 400,000. The blueprint also sets out investment in public transport after a warning traffic will rise by a third, increasing journey times by 40%.
The proposals are in Cardiff council's draft Local Development Plan (LDP) preferred strategy. It outlines sites to build major housing and employment developments, and they include greenfield as well as brownfield. The biggest single proposal is for 7,500 homes in a new suburb west of Pentrebane and about 6,000 and 2,000 earmarked either side of Pontprennau. A further 2,000 homes could be built on land north of junction 33 on the M4.
Ralph Cook, Deputy Leader of Cardiff Council, said "Each of the local authorities have got their own development plans and in them are their predicted or aspired to number of properties they're going to build. So they are taking on some of the burden but the truth is the developers and people themselves want to live and work in Cardiff."
The LDP states that about 40,000 jobs are planned by 2026 - a rise of 20%. The financial and business services are expecting a huge boost with 55% new jobs. By then it is expected the capital's population could be as high as 408,000, a rise of 26%, according to the report. A significant proportion of those arrivals are expected to come from neighbouring areas in south east Wales. Cardiff has around a quarter of the entire population of south east Wales but it provides around a third of the jobs.
John Punter, Professor of Urban Design at the School of Planning and Geography at Cardiff University, said he welcomed the proposals. "It's big in the sense that it's building in the suburbs where previously, certainly in the last decade, we've been shying away from that and pretending we could all live in apartments in the bay or around the city centre," he said.
"It's certainly a major expansion of the built up area but I personally welcome it very strongly because it's time that we thought about families and more medium-density growth rather than everybody living in apartments."