Developing Cardiff and discovering the Bay’s best kept secret

As Leader of the City of Cardiff Council it’s really important to create time each week to consider the big long term issues that will shape the city over the next decade and beyond, as it can be all too easy to focus too much on what is happening today, tomorrow or in 6 months’ time.

The Local Development Plan (LDP) is one of these strategic issues.

In short, the LDP will identify where in the city new developments and communities can be built. The plan also sets the framework to deliver new transport infrastructure, schools, health centres and other community facilities as well as protecting our best environmental assets.

This LDP is particularly important because Cardiff is projected to experience such a rapid growth in population. For example, it sets out plans for 41,000 new homes to be built in the city (of which 12,000 have already been built). 

But this is about much more than just building new houses – it’s about building new communities.

Making sure that the new housing developments are designed in a way which encourages human interaction and which supports the creation of strong communities is one of my administration’s top priorities.

This week I met with the major developers looking to invest and develop these new neighbourhoods to emphasise the importance of these issues. I also emphasised the need to ensure high quality design, that the new communities are served by sustainable transport and encourage cycling, and that there is plenty of green space and room for sports and play.

Getting the design of these new neighbourhoods right from the start is incredibly important, and it will be crucial for us to achieve our ambition to make Cardiff Europe’s most liveable capital city.

The Deposit LDP covers the period to 2026 and was approved at last week’s Full Council meeting.  It will now be examined by an Independent Planning Inspector, and if deemed ‘sound,’ it will be adopted from next year.

I discovered this week one of Cardiff’s best kept secrets – the World of Boats.

Aside from containing over 40 rare boats from around the world, a ‘Boat Lab’ where boat restoration projects are constantly taking place, and an interactive tour of nautical matters it has one of the best views of Cardiff from its outdoor balcony bar and cafe.


Right next door to the World of Boats is the Dr Who Experience, and across the road the BBC Drama Production village in Porth Teigr, two prominent examples of Cardiff’s growing strength as a creative and digital capital.

Next week I will be opening on Monday morning the Digital Innovation Week Wales in the Millennium Centre. For anybody with an interest in the digital industries and how Cardiff is leading the way then click here for more details.