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New homes plan for Canton and Riverside

Credit: Cardiff Council

Exciting plans for the redevelopment of a Canton community facility to deliver attractive, accessible older person’s housing and enhanced, sustainable community facilities for the area have been unveiled.

Cardiff Council wants to hear the views of people living in Canton and Riverside about its proposal for major investment in a brand new community centre, new homes for older people, a new multi-use games area and community green space on the site of Canton Community Hall.

The redevelopment of  the Leckwith Road site would create a new Community Living scheme – providing around 40 one and two-bedroom spacious and accessible flats to promote independent living, shared spaces for residents to socialise and take part in activities and to provide a Hub of older person services to the wider community.

The ground floor of the accommodation would provide a new high quality, modern community space for people and groups to use for events and activities or to hire for special occasions. The existing Multi-Use Games Area (MUGA) adjacent to the community hall, which is popular with young people in the area, would be relocated to the current car park area.

Attractive green spaces, including a communal garden for residents and the wider community, with safe routes through the area would complete the redevelopment, providing a green buffer to the nearby main roads and parking spaces.

Cabinet Member for Housing and Communities, Cllr Lynda Thorne, said: “We’re really keen to hear what people think about these exciting plans for the redevelopment of Canton Community Hall. This is a fantastic location to deliver for more, much-needed older people’s accommodation, at the heart of the local community, close to the shops and facilities on Cowbridge Road East.

“The new homes will help promote independent living, enabling older people to live well in their own homes for longer and supporting them to stay connected with their community, with on-site services and activities.

“The plans would deliver a much-improved public space for people in Canton and Riverside to use as well as creating a greener, safer, more pleasant environment in the local vicinity.”

Due to current Covid-19 regulations, the Council is not able to consult face to face with members of the local community but is encouraging people to find out more about the proposals by visiting www.cardiffneighbourhoodregeneration.co.uk and to have their say by filling in the online comments form.

Views can also be emailed to [email protected] Anyone preferring to discuss the proposals with a member of the team can send an email to this address to request a call back.

Consultation will close on December 21. All feedback submitted during the consultation will be reviewed ahead of the development of a final proposal.