Work has started on a ground-breaking zero carbon housing development in Llanederyn on land between the Maelfa neighbourhood centre and St Teilo’s Church in Wales School.
The proposed housing site is located between Chapel Wood and Round Wood and will re-develop a council owned brownfield site. In partnership with St Teilo’s School, the proposals will also include redeveloping the large sports pitch, which will be replaced by a new all-weather pitch elsewhere on the school grounds.
The community sports hall will remain on the site and be refurbished so that it can continue to offer community sports facilities.
The scheme will be ambitious and high quality. Through good design we hope to provide:
- An attractive and safe neighbourhood for living and raising a family.
- New affordable homes that are energy efficient, naturally light and airy.
- Homes designed around modern families, with private gardens, electric vehicle charging points and bicycle storage.
- A landscape with new tree planting and interesting green spaces, well connected with the surrounding woodlands.
- New walking and cycling routes linking the site with the wider community.
The new development will provide around 50 new affordable family homes, which will be mainly 2,3 and 4 bedrooms. They will be available to rent for people on the Council House waiting list and some will be available to buy via our low-cost ownership scheme (First Homes Cardiff).
The scheme will also include a small, development for adults with learning difficulties. This will be staffed 24 hours a day to help residents live independently.
The scheme will incorporate a Sustainable Urban Drainage System (SUDS). SUDS schemes include rain gardens, tree planning and other green infrastructure that ensure rainwater drains naturally into the ground. This helps to combat the impacts of climate change, provides greener, more attractive places to live, and increases local biodiversity.
This is an ambitious project that aims to be the first Council Housing scheme in Cardiff to achieve Net Zero Carbon standards.
This means that they will be extremely energy efficient, with high levels of insulation and maximising solar gain (the heat provided by the sun).
Currently, the best way to do this is through the provision of ‘Passivhaus’ design standards.
Alongside this, energy supply will be provided through renewable sources. There will be no gas boilers. Instead ground or air source heat pumps and Solar Photovoltaic Panels (Solar PVs) will generate energy to power the homes.
Net zero carbon means more than that, however. It also requires, where possible, using building materials and methods that minimise carbon emissions (known as embodied Carbon). Where this this is not possible, a carbon offsetting scheme will be put in place to ensure overall ‘net zero’ carbon emissions throughout the whole life of the building.
The project will progress four key stages (see below). We are currently at Stage 2:
Stage 1 Survey work and information gathering: This stage involves undertaking all the necessary survey work on the site, such as trees, ecology and site condition surveys. They tell us all we need to know about the site to help shape the design of the proposed development. These were undertaken in Autumn 2021 and are now completed.
Stage 2 (In Progress – Completion July 2022): Stage 2 involves using the survey work to identify the site opportunities and constraints and coming up with some initial ideas and early designs for the proposed development. We will get feedback on these ideas from a range of technical experts and the community to be able to develop a preferred option for the design. We will aim to complete this stage at the end of July 2022.
Stage 3 Preferred Option (July -October): this stage involves developing the preferred option in more detail, ready for a planning application. This stage will involve a Pre Application Consultation (PAC) with the community and other stakeholders.
Stage 4 Planning Application (October-December): We hope to be able to submit a planning application for the proposed development by October. The community and other stakeholders will have an opportunity to comment further on the proposals at this stage.
We want to understand your views about where you live, what is important to you as residents and invite your opinions on our ideas for the development. We are organising a series of opinion surveys, group discussions, community workshops and community events to share the plans with you as they develop.
These events will take place in May, June and July, so that the community has a chance to influence plans before a preferred option is decided. We will post key dates once they have been agreed.
You can contact us about the development at any time via the housing development mailbox HousingDevelopment@cardiff.gov.uk.