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Planning boost for controversial £2bn Redrow Cardiff scheme

Redrow’s controversial plans for a £2bn regeneration scheme on the outskirts of Cardiff have been given the planning nod.

The housebuilder was given the go-ahead by City of Cardiff Council for a housing-led regeneration scheme on the outskirts of the Welsh capital.

Almost 6,000 homes will be delivered as well as community and healthcare facilities, shops and leisure space.

Three primary schools have been given the thumbs up, on top of a fourth already been given planning permission.

Improvements to the existing highway network will be made and new roads will also be built.

However, the development has been met with some controversy.

Network Rail objected to the scheme, raising concerns that there was a lack of financial contribution to improving rail infrastructure at Radyr, Llandaff, Danescourt and Waungron rail stations, located close to the proposed development.

It said the development did not maximise use of and promote sustainable travel, and requested financial contributions from Redrow towards improving rail infrastructure.

The Welsh Historic Gardens Trust said the development would “damage and adversely affect” the conservation area of St Fagins, a registered park located near the proposed development.

Radyr & Morganstown Community Council also objected to the scheme and said it had no confidence that the fields to the east of the development would not be developed on. It claimed the proposal did not deliver the necessary major improvements to public transport within and beyond the site.

Also in Cardiff, plans to create a new public space and offices as part of the city’s Central Square regeneration scheme have been revealed today.

It has been proposed that the existing St David’s House building on Wood Street be fully or partly demolished to make way for 270,000 sq ft of office space and a new public square. Proposals will be mulled by Cardiff council on Thursday.

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