Development to deliver homes, jobs and transport improvements
10 March 2017
A large scale development on the outskirts of Cardiff will provide much-needed homes in the city as well as creating more than 1,000 jobs per year.
Persimmon Homes East Wales has been granted outline planning permission to build 1,500 new homes, a large park and ride, a business park, shops and a school at Creigiau, off junction 33 of the M4.
Martin Smith, managing director at Persimmon Homes East Wales, said the approval comes after years of negotiation with the council and other consultees, including the Design Commission for Wales, to ensure the delivery of a high-quality development.
Mr Smith said: “This is a significant development which will bring homes and employment to the area for the benefit of all. There is a real need for new housing in Cardiff and this project will deliver 1,500 high-quality homes to the city, including up to 30 per cent of affordable housing through a mix of on and off-site provision.
The site will provide around 420 direct construction jobs per year over a 12 to 15 year build period. On top of that, it would provide around 630 indirect and induced jobs per year of construction. This will be a massive boost to the area. The business park will be a destination for research and development and innovative businesses looking to locate to South East Wales. Furthermore, the scheme includes provision of a new primary school on site and a significant contribution to improve nearby comprehensive schools.”
The 1,000-space Park and Ride is a key infrastructure project within Cardiff and the South East Wales region. Mr Smith said the provision at this site off the M4 will assist with the council’s aim of achieving a 50:50 modal split by 2026 by encouraging more people to use public transport to travel into the city centre. The scheme has been designed to safeguard the provision of the proposed South East Region Metro System, which would run through the site. A new transport hub/interchange will link the Metro, Park and Ride and Business Park together.
Existing ecological and landscapes have been sensitively integrated into Persimmon’s master plan and new play facilities will be built in the form of two sports pitches, changing rooms, a multi-use games area and numerous equipped areas of play.