There has been numerous housing developments in Cardiff over the last decade.
Too many too list quickly.
What appartment blocks are the most sought after and what do we think as being the most choice development?
I like the blocks on the Hayes, on the embankment opposite the Millenium Stadium and the appartments opposite Morrisons in the sports village - not the Bellway development.
Might I add that I would like to see more mid rise blocks like in Amsterdam indeed most European cities being build in Cardiff. It makes the surrund ing areas vibrant and local shops survive and transport links become more frequent and allows for communal greens paces.
What say you rascals?
I say build up. Mid-rise, high-rise.UP. and trash the LDP that will engender low-rise sprawl. My favourite apartment block gotta be Golate House. Safe Brah.
The proposed LDP hardly "encourages low rise sprawl. You look at the density of even the urban extensions and they are reasonably high. Yes, the majority of homes here will be houses as opposed to apartments, but of the 18,000 homes to be built in the extensions, a good 20% would probably be apartments, at least, given recent form in suburban developments in Cardiff.
And don't forget that at least another 18,000 houses will be built on brownfield land, probably at rather higher densities. A lot of this will be apartments.
We simply aren't Amsterdam. We don't have that culture. And if you look at the Netherlands as a whole, new builds there have been far more likely to be houses than flats than in the UK!
I think the proposed LDP has a good mix of lower and higher density, suburban and urban options. Trying to get everyone crammed into apartments in the existing urban area is just not the way forward. Already Cardiff is fairly dense, and unless you propose knocking down swathes of existing terraces or semis at Great Expense, we'll have to build at ridiculously high densities in the pockets of brownfield land available to accomodate expected household growth. More likely, we'd stymie household growth, weakening the economy of Cardiff and by extension, Wales (much of the growth would be displaced outside of Wales rather than to the Valleys).
So the apartments built over the last decade are somewhat of a fail if they are shoebox size and do not have shops and ammenities.
Surely they should be building family friendly blocks and the ground floors of those especially those located in throughfare's should be for parades of buisness's.
Not getting the answers I was expecting.
Higher density would defo be the way forward for better transport links and infrastruture.Surely a better rail link in the city would evolve if thethe density of population was increased
As for not being Amsterdam, maybe La Havre, Colgne, Brussels, Marsaille, Montpellier, Turin, Barcelona, Lisbon, Copenhagan, etc
Surely some of the new builds must be viewed as a success - I had always overlooked Windsor Quay - but it is a decent location.
Some more thoughts on Cardiff's urban development
Our picture of European countries being full of apartment-living families in densely populated towns and cities is, I think, largely a false one. As I said, I think you'd find that, if anything, rather more new housing in other countries has been green field in the last 10 - 15 years than in the UK. And average new-build sizes are certainly significantly bigger in other European countries, which would tend to support that proposition.
You argue that "we" should be "building family friendly blocks".. with ground floor "parades of businesses".. Firstly, it begs who is this "we"? Are you advocating a significant government-led building project where we decide ex ante what to build rather than looking at market fundamentals? Because if it made financial sense to do this, it would have been done. House builders are pretty adaptable and switched massively from 3 bed semis to blocks of flats when the planning system and changing economic patterns favoured this. Quite simply, there doesn't seem to be a latent demand for this kind of housing in the UK. Second, just building ground floor units doesn't mean they'll be used. Just look at whats happened at Celestia here they were empty for years, or the problems in letting Barack Lane. I think sometimes for those of us interested in urban planning and development, we are tempted to forget about what the market wants, what there is real demand for, and design our urban wet dreams.
Working with rather than against our culture and where the market is leading us, I think what looks like it will work best is a mix of apartments across urban, suburban and even rural areas for the growing number of 1 or 2 people households. And then mid-density homes, often in traditional suburban environments, but also where feasible in more urban brownfield plots, for families. I think the proposed LDP tries to do that.
There is so much land suitable for proper family houses in Cardiff, but it can't be used due to the great house price conspiracy.
Everyone want a share of the pie, developers, builders, councils, and of course the Nimbys. All in it together to engineer the artificially high price of any new housing stock.
Remember your house was once a nice green field site.
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