Cardiff is one of the UK’s fastest-growing cities, which is why it’s crucially important we have the correct plans in place to manage the city’s growth in a sustainable manner, in keeping with our vision of becoming Europe’s most liveable capital city.
The news that our Local Development Plan (LDP) has been signed off by the Planning Inspector was welcome news as it gives the Council the authority to work closely with developers to ensure the right infrastructure, roads, schools, community facilities and affordable homes are in place as our city grows. The plan allows for 41,415 homes to be built in the city between 2006 and 2026.
Before the LDP was signed off, we were in the unenviable position of having little power to halt developments across the city that were unsuitable for us and our residents’ wishes. While it’s unfortunate that the Planning Inspector decided against designating a Green Belt, despite all the effort the Council made in fighting for one, the Inspector has designated a Green Wedge across the backdrop to our city. This will protect this part of the city from development in much the same way that a Green Belt would have, for the length of the plan which runs until 2026. We will also continue to fight to preserve this part of the city as a green lung beyond 2026.
Under the new LDP we will make sure that developments are managed effectively. A report will be prepared for Cabinet on 21st January and the plan will be presented to Full Council for final sign off on 28th January. You can see the LDP on our website here.
In celebration of our 60 year relationship, Cardiff recently hosted visitors from our sister city of Stuttgart for a twinning conference, which I had the honour of opening.
It was great to see representatives of all ages from both cities come together to share our histories and experiences and also to look at attitudes to European integration and EU institutions. A number of speakers gave talks on subjects including business opportunities in Europe, citizen engagement and identity.
The conference was held at City Hall as well as Cardiff and Vale College’s fantastic Dumballs Road campus, so delegates got a real taste of old and new in the city.
There have been exciting developments in recent months at the Radyr Weir hydroelectric scheme, with the installation of two Archimedes Turbine Screws in November. The Archimedes screws are each roughly 4m in diameter, with a total installed capacity of 400kW. They will generate 1.6GWh of renewable energy per year.
Dawnus Construction Limited commissioned this video from Aerial Photography Wales to capture the installation process from above:
Aerial Photography Wales also produced lots of great shots, which can be viewed here.
The facility is already producing electricity and the site is expected to reopen to the public in spring following full testing of the system and landscaping of the area. I’m really impressed with the work so far and am sure Radyr Weir will form an invaluable part of Cardiff’s sustainable future.