Plans have been passed for the construction of a new 'garden village' in Cardiff, which will provide 6,000 new homes.
The Plasdŵr development will be constructed near St Fagans on the western outskirts of the city, after Redrow Homes was given the green light to proceed. Building work will begin on the first 126 homes later this month, with 630 being constructed in the first phase. It will take 20 years for the entire project to be completed.
Located just north of Llantrisant Road, the site for the first phase covers 16 acres. The whole garden village would cover 900 acres and is one of a number of areas of open space within the city boundaries that could be used to build on as the population of the Welsh capital soars.
The development, which will also border the districts of Fairwater, Danescourt and Radyr, will include shops, a GP surgery, pubs and allotments, with the bulk of the 30,000 jobs the project is expected to create being in construction.
Some had objected to the plans on environmental and traffic grounds, but as the plan develops it is expected that bus routes will be created to ensure the new development is well served by public transport. Moreover, Redrow's drawings of the site depict a tram service, a plausible prospect as Cardiff is hoping to develop such a system in the years ahead.
The need for better transport infrastructure in the city will grow for more reasons than just the Plasdŵr garden village. Both greenfield and brownfield sites are being earmarked for building on all over Cardiff in response to its population surge.
Cardiff was already revealed to have the fastest-growing population of any local government area in Wales in the decade up to the 2011 Census at 11.6 per cent. The city is expected to see its population increase continue to outstrip other Welsh areas and also many other British cities.
The Welsh Government has predicted Cardiff's population will increase by a quarter between 2014 and 2039, rising from 354,000 to 445,000.