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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.