Builder confirms plans for 1,000s of new homes
ONE of the UK’s leading housebuilders has confirmed plans for thousands of new homes at the site of a huge former opencast mine.
Persimmon has confirmed it has acquired hundreds of acres of land at Llanillid, near Pencoed.
The site, which has been remediated following the end of mining by Celtic Energy in the 1990s, is also expected to see a wave of commercial developments that could provide thousands of new jobs.
The residential development, which will be known as Cantref Mawr, could over time see 5,000 new homes built.
The initial plans are for 1,850 properties as well as commercial units, particularly to the south of the site which runs alongside the M4.
And there are plans for the scheme to be accessed via a new M4 junction.
Such an infrastructure project could potentially get financial backing from the £1.2bn City Deal for the Cardiff Capital Region.
A new junction, between the existing ones at Pencoed and Llantrisant, could make the site ideal for logistics and warehousing operations.
Persimmon has acquired more than 700 acres of land, formerly owned by Cofton Wales, from administrators KPMG.
The value of the deal is understood be around £30m.
The site has been designated by Rhondda Cynon Taf Council not only as a key strategic development site for the county, but the wider Cardiff Capital Region.
The development, due to its sheer size, could span 30 years.
Subject to planning, and in addition to the homes and motorway junction, the scheme could include a new hotel and leisure facilities, a new primary school, health facilities and sporting pitches, and a park-and-ride railway station on the South Wales mainline.
More than 200 acres could be assigned for industrial and potential new office developments – potentially creating thousands of new jobs
The scheme could also see a private developerbacked financial solution for the completion of the Llanharan bypass at the site, which is currently only a third completed.
A more detailed planning application for the homes has now been lodged with RCT Council.
Martin Smith, of Persimmon Homes, said: “This is a significant development which will completely revitalise the area.
“As we all know, South Wales is in desperate need to good-quality, affordable housing.
“This development will help to address that chronic shortage.
“But this site is about much more than that.
“This is about creating a new destination and a new community.
“It will be an incredible place for people to live, work and socialise.
“We are delighted to be moving forward with this plan after lengthy and helpful conversations with Assembly Members and MP Chris Elmore.
“This is fantastic news for Rhondda Cynon Taff for the next 20 years.”
Mr Smith said the commercial units could be used by the local authority and the NHS, as well as private ventures, creating thousands of jobs.
Persimmon has confirmed it has acquired hundreds of acres of land at Llanillid, near Pencoed