Planners Recommend Go-Ahead for 800 Cardiff Bay Homes Plans

Tuesday, 18th December 2012

Cardiff PointeA new “waterfront community” of almost 800 new homes in Cardiff Bay looks set to be given the green-light by planners 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, as well as 10 five-bedroom waterfront homes.

    All four applications have been recommended for approval by the council’s planning officers. If given the go-ahead by Councillors on Wednesday, developer Greenbank Partnerships Ltd will be required to contribute almost £8m towards a new ice arena which is planned for neighbouring land. The first application is for 561 homes – including 392 apartments and 169 houses – on five-hectares of land on the peninsular next to the International Sports Village (ISV).     The majority of the apartments would be in the two landmark 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 982sq m 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 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 £7.9m towards the new ice arena.

    Greenbank Partnerships Ltd has submitted separate plans for a new Olympic-standard ice arena, indoor ski slope, and what would be Wales' tallest building on a site neighbouring the Cardiff Pointe development. As part of the conditions, planning officers recommend a £1.9m contribution towards the improvement of local primary and secondary school facilities, and a multi-use games area for older children on the peninsula.