Builder con­firms plans for 1,000s of new homes

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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

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