Sustainable development is at the heart of deciding the layout of Plasdŵr, with these identified environment objectives informing how we have planned:

  • Design to sympathetically integrate the existing landscape, biodiversity and historic features into the place
  • Existing buildings and features become cores of different neighbourhoods
  • Streets to be designed as places where parents feel safe letting their children play
  • Variety of multi-functional public green spaces
  • Different types of public spaces
  • Presence of water through innovative and creative management of surface water solutions
  • Good internal links through and between green spaces to strengthen cohesion in the new and existing community
  • Relationship between topography and pedestrian/cycle movement
  • Topography to create places and landmarks
  • Utilise existing woodlands and divide their uses so that the highest value have limited public access and others have open-access and provision of amenity and play
  • Protect the St Fagans Lowlands and Ely Valley Special Landscape Area (SLA)
  • Recreate street design so that they become places where people stop for conversation and children play

During construction, careful use of resources with locally-sourced materials re-used and recycled wherever possible. Buildings and landscapes will all be designed according to a series of sustainable design principles, including using a fabric first approach for housing to minimise energy consumption, reducing waste and using renewable or low carbon energy technology wherever possible.

The scheme has been developed with universal access front-of-mind, and we aim to ensure that people of all mobilities can easily move around the site and its homes and public buildings.

For more detailed information on Plasdŵr’s sustainability, from planning and design principles, through environmental considerations, inclusivity, employment and more, please see Section 4 of our Design and Access Statement in the Planning section.