Developing housing, delivering new homes

The development of affordable housing in Cardiff goes from strength to strength as the Council works towards delivering 2,000 new council homes in the city.


One of only a handful of local authorities building new properties, Cardiff has committed to increase its housing stock to meet the growing demand for quality, sustainable council homes in the city and is making good progress towards its ambitious target, 1,000 of which will be complete by 2022. Cardiff is now seeing it's development programmes deliver new council houses in volume and at pace.


The first of 600 new council homes for the city being delivered through the Cardiff Living scheme, a partnership between the Council and developer Wates Residential, are due to be handed over within a few weeks whilearound 65 are due to be complete by March 2019.


Cabinet Member for Housing and Communities, Cllr Lynda Thorne, said:"Cardiff Living will see around 1,500 new homes built across the city on council land and to date, Wates Residential are on site with five schemes, which alone will deliver 135 new council homes. We have a further five schemes with planning consent and these 10 sites will deliver 195 new council homes and 291 homes for sale once complete.


"Not only is Cardiff Living building much-needed new council homes, the private properties for sale in Llanrumney have been very popular and all 30 that have been released so far have sold off plan, predominantly to local buyers. I am particularly pleased with the success of this development as we have proved there is a local market for affordable, quality new homes in areas not necessarily attractive to private developers."


Wates Residential are also at the design stage with a number of other sites in the future phases of development with consultation taking place on proposals for the former Rumney High School, Llanrumney High School and Howardian School sites.


In addition to the Cardiff Living scheme, the Council has an additional build programme and work is due to start shortly on two innovative schemes that have been awarded Welsh Government grant funding to convert former shipping containers into flats for homeless families.


Two more new build schemes, to deliver 17 homes using a modular system  which reduces construction time and improves the quality of the build, and the delivery of a PassivHaus compliant scheme at Highfields in Heath, have been shortlisted for this year's round of Innovative Housing funding.


The Council is also in discussions to see more than 400 new council homes built on the Dumballs Road redevelopment site as part of a mixed tenure build programme in an area of high need for more affordable housing.


Cllr Thorne said: "We're making very good progress towards delivering 1,000 council new homes by 2022 and work is also underway to identify opportunities to deliver an additional 1,000 new homes after that. It's really pleasing to see all the development opportunities in the pipeline and all the work well underway on a number of sites in the city."