Masterplan for Future Development of Cardiff Bay and City Centre Revealed

Thursday, 7th March 2013

A new masterplan proposing the expansion of the city centre southwards and the completion of Cardiff Bay is to be unveiled on Friday. Cardiff Council will present its vision for growing the capital’s economy over the next 20 to 30 years to business leaders. News sources have obtained a leaked copy of the Labour-run authority’s draft green paper, entitled Rebuilding Momentum. The report proposes high density Scandinavian-style living, more public squares and a light rail transport system connecting the city centre and Bay.


It also confirms previously reported ambitions, such as a convention centre and indoor arena, more high spec office space and an integrated transport hub. Key infrastructure projects, the paper says, will “stimulate and shape the next phase of Cardiff’s growth”.


In his foreword, Councillor Russell Goodway, cabinet member for finance, says it is over a decade since the last major investment was secured and the city’s performance has dipped as a consequence. The former council leader says “Cardiff needs to deliver a step-change in economic performance. The need to reinvigorate the city’s ambition and to position the city for its next phase of development is now long overdue. However, a vision alone is not enough. We need to identify the projects and initiatives that will deliver the city’s ambition and ensure they translate into jobs and opportunities for the people that need them.”

    The main schemes proposed include the following: -      

The green paper goes on to describe how the masterplan will manage the development of a new “district” that “will fill the gap” between the city centre and Bay. This includes the creation of an “Atlantic Quarter” which, it says, will be a new mixed-use, leisure-led destination and the “key development in the south”.

    The paper is open for a six week public consultation from Friday. Views can be submitted from Friday at