FAQs

Plasdŵr is an enormous project and will develop over 15 to 20 years. There will be lots of questions to ask and these will evolve over time, so we will add to this section as we are asked and answering more questions. If you have a query that is not covered here, please see our Contact Us page to get in touch.

There’s no doubt that traffic congestion is an issue in Cardiff – the city has grown, is growing and has the opportunity to grow further. Transport is fundamental to that growth, and the Council has a transport strategy, which is part of its Local Development Plan (LDP). This is based on prioritising walking, cycling and public transport, so that everyone – including car-users – can get about easily and conveniently, which is how we have planned Plasdŵr from the outset.

Millions of pounds will be invested in the road infrastructure both within and adjoining Plasdŵr to support this.

The starting point and a continuing focus for the whole development is careful infrastructure planning so that residents will be able to walk, cycle and use public transport as well as their cars, cutting journey times and maximising convenience. So lots of cycling and pedestrian routes are planned as well as high quality bus services, which will help people get to work, school and to their leisure activities.

Where Plasdŵr adjoins its neighbouring communities, there will be improvements to Llantrisant Road, Heol Isaf and Pentrebane Road to encourage use by pedestrians. On the junctions with Heol Isaf and Clos Parc Radur, buses will be given priority, and an extension of Pentrebane Road is planned into the new development, plus a widening of Pentrebane Road to accommodate buses.

For cyclists, the proposals include the introduction of three new super cycleways through the site, connecting to the Taff Trail and the Ely Trail. There will also be buses running up to every five minutes serving the proposed development, and people will be able to connect between buses, between bus and rail, and bus and bicycle.

For phase one at Llantrisant Road specifically, the highway network has been subject to a detailed negotiation between the team and Cardiff Council. This has resulted in an additional bus lane being provided, along with improvements to Heol Isaf, and strategic cycle and footways. This is in line with the modal change endorsed by the recently adopted Local Development Plan.

The Masterplan for Plasdŵr very deliberately underpins both the housing need identified in the Council’s Local Development Plan (LDP) and the projected economic and demographic growth of our capital. North west Cardiff is identified in the LDP as a Strategic Site for Development.

The LDP proposes the legal framework for the development and use of land within Cardiff up to 2026. It provides the context for determining local planning applications.

Actually, there isn’t enough brownfield land to meet needs. The Wales Spatial Plan Update 2008 (WSPU) identifies the area around Llantrisant and north west Cardiff as a Strategic Opportunity Area (SOA) suitable for sustainable development.

It states that initiatives for major economic growth in south east Wales should be focussed in a corridor from Cardiff Bay and city centre to Llantrisant and Talbot Green.

There is an urgent housing need in Cardiff, and those two developments – one to develop 630 homes and a primary school to the north and south of Llantrisant Road, Cardiff and the second to build 290 homes at Pentrebane – will help alleviate that.

While these developments could stand alone in helping to meet identified housing need, they are very much part of the Plasdŵr Masterplan, forming the first phase of Cardiff’s garden city.

Cardiff has an identified housing need to cope with existing demand and continuing and projected demographic and economic growth. It is already widely accepted that we need to develop in north west Cardiff, with the Wales Spatial Plan Update 2008 (WSPU) identifying the area around Llantrisant and north west Cardiff as suitable for sustainable development. It also states that initiatives for major economic growth in south east Wales should be focussed in a corridor from Cardiff Bay and city centre to Llantrisant and Talbot Green.

So, development on this scale is required: we believe that Plasdŵr is an ideal solution and represents an opportunity to enhance Cardiff even further by creating its own garden city – a great place for people to live, work and play. The fact that this entire development can be delivered on land under single ownership is also extremely helpful as it eliminates many of the complex land assembly issues normally associated with a project of this scale.

Plasdŵr will definitely not be an enlarged housing estate: the vision is for a joined-up, sustainable community, a living, breathing place. To create this, we have looked at the whole area, and how the different parts will fit together and function well. Transport infrastructure and high quality, varied design throughout are also both critical in establishing Plasdŵr both as a place with character and a sustainable community.

So, when we were preparing the proposals, we looked at connections and movements first, as these tend to be the drivers for commerce and growth which, ultimately, establish places. The plan therefore identifies where the main movement corridors will be and builds up a comprehensive hierarchy of routes – footpaths, cycle routes and roads. Taking the topography of the land into account, and the need to knit sensitive areas of landscape into the development, this network forms the foundation stone of Plasdŵr as a sustainable place.

From there, we looked at land use distribution, balancing community, retail, business and housing uses, and developed more detailed design.

Please see the Design and Access Statement in the Planning section for more detail.

Infrastructure works will get underway this March (2017), with construction of the first homes to follow. It is anticipated that the first residents will move in in autumn 2017.
There will be 15% affordable housing across the site, which will equate to 7.5% at intermediate rent, with 7.5% at low-cost home ownership.
Plans for Plasdŵr include four primary schools and one secondary school, shops, offices, health and leisure centres, pubs and restaurants. A primary school forms part of the first phase of the development at Llantrisant Road and the timing of the delivery is to be agreed with the council. There are new health facilities proposed for the next phase of development.
The development is not built on or near any flood plains.
Redrow will be announcing more detail on the house types, prices and layouts in March (2017).
People can register interest either through the Plasdŵr website plasdwr.co.uk.