Since 2006 EDP has been working with the Plymouth Estate to consider the development potential of land to the North West of Cardiff. We continue to work with Redrow Homes as sole advisors on all aspects of landscape, ecology, heritage, archaeology and arboriculture on the project.
The site is complex – entering two major river watersheds, and including a number of sensitive areas including significant tracks of ancient woodland, recognized civil war battlefields, St Fagan’s (home of the Museum of Wales) and numerous wildlife sites and protected species interests. Our initial assessment and masterplanning work demonstrated the extraordinary potential of the land as a high-quality urban extension option – a vision which eventually caught the interest of City Councillors and led to a draft allocation for the site.
Following a decision to progress a planning application in 2014, EDP was commissioned to produce EIA level assessment for landscape, ecology, heritage/archaeology, agriculture, arboriculture matters. Alongside the assessment work, senior team members worked with the design team to develop a green infrastructure strategy for the site – and led a series of workshops with stakeholders ranging from City Officers, non-governmental organizations and other consultees – minimizing planning risk and securing support from key environmental groups.
Consequently, the planning application received no significant objections on environmental grounds when it went before the City planning committee, in March 2017.
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