Plans re­vealed for 2,000 new homes in city

South Wales Echo - - News - MATT DISCOMBE Lo­cal Democ­racy Re­porter­desk@waleson­

A DEVEL­OPER has un­veiled a Swe­den-in­spired plan for 2,000 homes de­scribed as the best op­por­tu­nity to re­gen­er­ate Cardiff’s run­down Dum­balls Road area in a gen­er­a­tion.

Devel­oper Vastint has a pro­posal for homes and com­mer­cial units around gar­den squares in­spired by parts of the Swedish city of Malmo.

It fol­lows sev­eral failed pro­pos­als to re­gen­er­ate the area south of the city’s train sta­tion over the past 30 years.

The to­tal num­ber of homes and of­fice units and re­tails spa­ces in the master­plan is yet to be fully de­cided – but the devel­oper has told a coun­cil com­mit­tee a sig­nif­i­cant affordable hous­ing would be a key part of the devel­op­ment.

Vastint is ne­go­ti­at­ing with busi­nesses in the area to help them to re­lo­cate, and with re­main­ing landown­ers in the site.

An­drew Cob­den, manag­ing di­rec­tor of Vastint, told Cardiff coun­cil’s econ­omy and cul­ture scru­tiny com­mit­tee on Thurs­day that work on the site could be­gin in late 2021 - and may take around eight years to de­velop.

Speaking af­ter the meet­ing, he said: “This is a fan­tas­tic op­por­tu­nity for Cardiff to see a big change in the Bay quar­ter and the city cen­tre. It re­ally does im­prove a art of the city that has needed to see change for 20 to 30 years.

“This is the op­por­tu­nity. The next 10 years will see great change com­ing for­ward.”

A master­plan for the devel­op­ment shown to coun­cil­lors en­vis­ages apart­ment blocks be­tween six and eight storeys high cen­tered around semi-pri­vate gar­den square ar­eas – in a lay­out in­spired by Malmo’s Western Har­bour.

A pedes­trian and cy­cle bridge across the River Taff link­ing the devel­op­ment to Grange­town is also be­ing planned.

Cy­cle lanes and pub­lic walk­ways are also be­ing pro­posed.

Busi­nesses such as Di­rect Stor­age Ltd, Snow White Laun­dry, A&T Waste and Biffa are in talks with Vastint to help with re­lo­ca­tion – but they have been told they won’t have to move for at least the next 12 months.

The devel­oper is also ne­go­ti­at­ing with landown­ers in the site such as Righ­tacres and Cardiff and Vale Col­lege in an ef­fort to bring the site fully un­der its con­trol.

Coun­cil­lor Rus­sell Good­way, cabinet mem­ber for in­vest­ment and devel­op­ment, told the com­mit­tee the coun­cil is pre­pared to use com­pul­sory pur­chase or­ders on the land if nec­es­sary.

He said: “It’s taken 20-plus years to get to this point. This is not the first time we have tried to as­sem­ble the land at Dum­balls Road.

“We have been thwarted on many oc­ca­sions, but this is prob­a­bly the best op­por­tu­nity we have had to as­sem­ble that land.

“It may be nec­es­sary to rely on our pow­ers to get it over the line. I re­ally hope landown­ers are sen­si­ble and deal with this through pri­vate treaty. If not we might need to make it clear there’s a de­ter­mi­na­tion to get it de­liv­ered.

“To be able to of­fer peo­ple the op­por­tu­nity to have affordable and so­cial hous­ing in the city cen­tre has to be a good thing.”

A plan­ning ap­pli­ca­tion is ex­pected to be sub­mit­ted in the com­ing months.


The area along Dum­balls Road which is set to be re­gen­er­ated

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