There have been concerns voiced that too many houses are being constructed in Cardiff and that new home expansion needs to be better spread out throughout the region of South East Wales. Councilors in Cardiff have just approved new plans that will be the largest expansion of the city in the last five decades.
The new expansion project includes the construction of about 46,000 new homes that are slated to be built by the year 2016. This will bring the Welsh city’s population up to somewhere around 400,000. The blueprint will also help to settle investment in the public transport system because traffic is likely going to increase by about a third as well due to the population burst.
The Cardiff Council is prepared to meet the challenges of the population boom however as they have already drafted up a Local Development Plan (LDP) preferred strategy. The LDP takes a close look at sites that will be developed for housing and employment areas and includes both brownfield and greenfield areas.
The largest proposal in the LDP is for the creation of 7,500 homes in a suburb that is located to the west of Pentrebane and another 8,000 homes that will built on both sides of the suburb Pontprennau. In addition, if approved another 2,000 homes may be constructed close to the M4 northern junction 33.
Deputy Leader of the Cardiff council, Ralph Cook, stated that all of the local authorities have their own individual development plans and each of them has already predicted or at least named the number of properties that they would like to see built.
Therefore, the Cardiff council is taking off some of the burden on accommodation but the fact of the matter is that a large amount of people want to live in Cardiff and they are just making room for them.