Full plans have now been submitted for the development of the first phase of a new estate in Cardiff which has caused anxiety for residents who already live there.

An application for phase one of the redevelopment of Channel View estate in Grangetown was finalised this week.

The report put forward by Cardiff council proposes to provide up to 319 residential apartments and houses and up to 285 square metres of retail space.

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An initial first phase of 81 dwellings over two separate blocks between eight to 13 storeys is planned within the south-east corner of the site. This will be served by the existing highway connection from Channel View Road, with one or two bedrooms, for people aged over 55 years old.

The blocks will include lower and upper floor community lounges, a health suite, a launderette and roof terrace gardens.

How the Channel View estate looks at the moment

Twenty parking spaces are proposed for the phase one development, including for residents, staff and visitors. The report says the parking availability is in accordance with efforts to manage the impact of transport on the environment.

Future phases which are yet to be submitted would see around 60 houses with a mix of two, three and four bedrooms; and around 200 flats with one or two bedrooms.

People already living on the estate have raised concerns about gentrification and possibly losing a home they cannot afford to buy back.

But the council has insisted everybody who lives there currently will have a place to live on the new estate, which will be built in phases meaning nobody should have to leave.

The plans include regeneration of the Marl park slightly north of the estate with improved sports pitches, a new children’s play area and cycle and footpaths.

A footbridge over the river Taff connecting the Marl with Hamadryad Park is also planned, but proposals have not been finalised.

Cardiff council has plans to redevelop an entire housing estate in Grangetown

The scheme is part of the council’s wider housing development programme that is seeking to deliver 1,000 new council homes by 2022 and up to 2,700 new council homes in the long term.

The council said once the development is concluded, at least 60% of the new homes would be available to rent, or would be for sale as part of its Assisted Home Ownership scheme.

In the Design and Access for the phase one plans, it reads: “Channel View can become a place with a clear identity in terms of urban design concept and architectural language, and a benchmark for high quality design and placemaking.

“Channel View Estate is envisaged as an exemplar development with high standards of design which will fully embrace sustainability principles and integrate with the existing community whilst embracing Cardiff council’s wider strategic ambitions.

“It will deliver benefits for the new and existing communities which will extend to future generations, providing and supporting new facilities while meeting a significant proportion of the area’s housing needs and making improvements to transport infrastructure.”

A map showing phase one of the plans
How the development at Channel View would look from above

The wider works include knocking down houses to build new routes for buses and bicycles: from the bottom of Channel View Road to the bottom of South Clive Street; and from halfway up South Clive Street through to Ferry Road Park.