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Cardiff give green light for first phase of major estate regeneration

Credit: Cardiff Council

The creation of a revitalised community, providing new homes and enhanced environments for existing residents in the south of the city, has taken a major stride forward today.

Eighty-one new sustainable and energy-efficient homes for older people have gained planning consent, part of Phase 1 of the Channel View regeneration masterplan that will breathe new life into this area of Grangetown as well as increasing the supply of much-needed affordable homes in the city.

Credit: Cardiff Council

Impressive architecture, innovative, green infrastructure, a strong emphasis on place-making and improving the local environment are key aspects of the first phase of the redevelopment, which focuses on the replacement of the existing high-rise council owned tower block for the existing council tenants.

Two new blocks of flats will be built alongside the River Taff exploiting the area’s fantastic views across the bay, providing light and spacious accommodation for residents. The larger block will be a Community Living scheme with a wide range of communal facilities including a community café on the ground floor and activity rooms. The smaller block will provide accommodation for independent living, with access to the communal areas.

Cabinet Member for Housing and Communities, Cllr Lynda Thorne, said: “Our plans for Channel View will create a greener, more sustainable, more attractive neighbourhood for people living in the area, with high quality community spaces and better connectivity to public transport, shops and local facilities.

“Phase 1 will provide contemporary, sustainable, flexible new properties suitable for people’s changing needs as they age, to replace the existing block of flats. I know that many of the tenants in the high rise are already impatient to move into these new homes and they will be just as excited as me about today’s good news.

“This will be just the first step in our exciting masterplan, the first piece of the jigsaw, that over the coming years will come together to create a thriving, desirable place to live in Grangetown,  with a good mix of private houses and apartments as well extra council homes we need so much to help tackle growing pressures for good quality affordable homes.”

At today’s Planning committee, outline planning consent was also granted for the wider redevelopment and extension of the Channel View estate that will almost double the overall number of homes on the site.

More than 300 new apartments and houses are planned to replace the existing 184 properties in later phases, as well as much-enhanced communal green spaces, play areas, cyclepaths and footpaths and improved transport links.