The full plans have been revealed for almost 50 flats and a new bus station on the site of old an Cardiff tip.
Cardiff council want to build the Western Transport Interchange on the site of the former tip at Waungron Road, next to the A48 Western Avenue, and Waun-gron Park train station.
The plans also include a seven-storey block of council flats, almost half of which will be for temporary accommodation. The apartments will be a mix of one and two-bedroom units.
Building the ‘transport interchange’, council jargon for a bus station next to a train station, was supposed to be finished in April 2017.
But after the initial plans were scrapped, Cardiff council has now applied for planning permission for the redesigned bus station and flats.
The proposals have been altered following concerns raised by residents, and now the council planning department will consider the development.
The site lies on a key spot in the city’s future public transport network — potentially serving a new park-and-ride bus service from Junction 33 on the M4, lying on the route for the future Cardiff Crossrail line, and reducing road congestion from the Plasdŵr housing development.
But for the past few years, the site has laid empty, fenced off and covered in weeds. The former Waungron Road recycling centre closed in 2014 amid strong local opposition.
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Planning documents said: "A parking survey conducted confirmed that the local residential street network can accommodate any potential increase in car parking that can be reasonably anticipated from the development."
Following this review the number of units has been reduced from 50 to 46, meaning the corner of Western Avenue where it meets Waungron Road to be reduced from five storeys to four.
This steps up to five storeys on Western Avenue (previously six) before raising to seven storeys in the south of the site.
A number of other smaller changes to the development have been made, including changes to finishing materials and landscaping.
The site would also include two retail units, a "winter garden" and a shared roof terrace space.
Plans say that 21 of the units along the northern edge facing Waungron Road, which are smaller in size, will provide temporary accommodation.
The development has faced opposition with almost 1,500 people signing a petition.
Councillor Sean Driscoll, representing Llandaff and also the Conservative Senedd candidate for Cardiff West, started the petition after hearing concerns from local residents.
He said in February: “As councillors, we’re pleased the site is being redeveloped. It’s a brownfield close to transport links so the site is ideal for housing. And it has been derelict for a long time.
“But personally, having lived in Waungron Road and Bishops Walk for 30 odd years, I’m not convinced that the bus interchange will work. I’m also doubting combining the bus interchange with flats above and a shop on the ground floor.”
Architects Powell Dobson, working on the scheme, said in planning documents there would be “space for meaningful formal and incidental social interaction”, and a “shared public space that supports a mix of uses connected to the transport hub”.
They said: “The site is an island but also a destination. The result is a site that will belong to more than just the people who live there.
“While it is well connected physically, those physical connections — providing continuous but fleeting and transient activity — could form a barrier to these new homes forming meaningful social connections with the wider neighbourhood, connections that are essential in developing sustainable communities.
“We understand the council’s vision and desire to create a recognisable, legible, desirable place to live and visit, to provide high-quality council homes for the city and to maximise the benefits of providing a sustainable high quality mixed-use development integrated into the new transport hub at Waungron Park.
“The proposed interchange will provide benefits to the existing residents and future residents of the development and enable more convenient access to key facilities within Cardiff.”
The planning application was validated on Monday (June 7) and you can see the full proposals and associated documents here.
The years of delays to the Waungron Road scheme mirror the new bus station being built in the city centre — the Cardiff Transport Interchange — which was also due to be finished in 2017, but now won’t open until 2023.
About eight to 10 buses would use the new Western Transport Interchange each hour, with many more potentially as Cardiff’s public transport network changes in the future.