CARDIFF: New council housing planned for empty derelict plot in Butetown
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Plans have been revealed for new intergenerational council housing on an empty derelict plot of land in Butetown.
The half acre plot off James Street and Adelaide Street has been vacant for several years and has been overgrown with weeds.
Cardiff council recently bought the land and marketed it to developers as a potential site for new offices, apartments or a hotel.
But now the land will instead be used for new council housing, with homes for elderly residents to live with their extended families—a type of housing in demand in Butetown.
Council bosses are expected to sign off the plans to use the land for council housing at a cabinet meeting on Thursday, October 14. Details were revealed in a cabinet report.
The report said: “Given the derelict state of the site over a number of decades, it has become a significant blight on the local community and environment. The council has cleared the site and hoarded the entire site, to improve the appearance of the area.
“The development would provide suitable and adaptable accommodation for larger, extended families, delivering accommodation that provides for older family members who wish to live with their extended families.
“The site is well located close to facilities and parkland and the development would provide a private communal garden.”
The James Street scheme will help towards the council’s plans to build thousands of new council homes in Cardiff, needed to meet the increasing demand. About 8,000 people are currently waiting for social housing in the city.
It’s unclear how many homes will be built on the site, but a planning application should be submitted soon, revealing more details.
Words: Alex Seabrook, Local Democracy Reporter
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