We hold regular drop-in sessions in Plasdŵr’s neighbouring communities to give people living near the development an opportunity to come along, meet the development team and ask any questions they have about Plasdŵr.
Our last round of drop-in sessions took place in February and March. For anyone who wasn’t able to attend, here are some of the FAQs raised and their answers.
How long will the work along Llantrisant Road take, and what will the road look like when it’s finished?
The work taking place on Llantrisant Road will be integral to the transport infrastructure for Plasdŵr. This work is taking place in phases to minimise disruption as much as possible.
Phase one, which is already underway, involves the widening of the road to create new bus and cycle lanes, and the creation of a new, four-way signalised junction which will the place of the current Heol Isaf roundabout, with the opposite road becoming one of the main gateways into Plasdŵr.
Phase two is due to begin later this year, with traffic signals being installed along Llantrisant Road at the current Clos Parc Radur roundabout, which will become a junction, and at a new development junction further west. We’re expecting to complete phase two in late summer 2020.
Where will the new walking and cycling routes run to and how will they link with existing routes?
When it’s complete, a carefully planned network of footpaths and cycleways will run through Plasdŵr, making it easy for people to get from their homes to local facilities and into the centre of Cardiff without having to get in their cars.
Three new super cycleways will run through the development and connect Plasdŵr with the rest of Cardiff, linking to the Ely, Taff and the new Plasmawr trail, which is being created as part of the masterplan. Beyond Plasdŵr, Cardiff Council’s plan is for these cycle and footpaths to connect with existing infrastructure, linking communities together and making it easier for people to walk and cycle around the city.
What provision will be made for affordable housing?
30% of the housing at Plasdŵr will be classed as affordable or social housing, including low cost homeownership and rental accommodation. The affordable and social housing will be of different tenures and types to meet the needs of people in the local area.
When will the district centre be built, and what facilities will be there?
The district centre will be built as part of the third phase of development. The timeline for this hasn’t been set yet but our architects are working on the design and we’re expecting to be able to talk more about how the district centre will look and feel later this year. Until the plans receive detailed planning permission, we won’t know exactly how the buildings will be used, but current proposals include community facilities, retail units, cafes, restaurants, office spaces and a new health centre.
When will the first primary school be built?
Local residents, the Plasdŵr team and the local authority are all keen to see the delivery of the first of Plasdŵr’s four primary schools. We’ve been working closely with Cardiff Council on the specification of the school, which will be built at its allocated site to the south of Llantrisant Road, next to Redrow’s Cwrt Sant Ioan development. Originally, we had hoped to deliver the school early for September 2020 intake, this date has now moved, and current plans are for the school to open for September 2021.
The local education authority is proposing a two-form entry bilingual school, with one-form Welsh medium and one-form English medium. The plans will be consulted on in June to ensure they meet local needs, ahead of being submitted for planning approval later this year. This process takes time, but progress is being made and the school is on track to be delivered for September 2021 intake.
Our next round of community drop-in sessions will take place in the summer, dates will be announced here on our website and on our Twitter channel @plasdwr when they become available.