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Cefn Mably Housing Development

Project Overview

Lisvane is one of the more exclusive neighborhoods of Cardiff, and renowned for local opposition to development proposals of any kind. The success of this scheme was therefore significant, reversing the recent trend for development proposals in this area of Cardiff.

The proposed development totalled 51 dwellings, with two points of access, and parking provision in line with the Council’s requirements. The design of each access dealt sensitively with the constraints of the site, limiting the impact on hedgerows whilst achieving the required visibility splays and sufficient space for the manoeuvres of refuse vehicles.

The successful application, which was recommended for approval at Planning Committee despite a hostile site visit and vociferous objection from local residents, benefitted from our ability to find a solution to overcome all constraints, on and off-site.

Our Approach

The key issue was accessibility, particularly for pedestrians, with no footways connecting the site and limited pedestrian facilities in Lisvane village.

The historic layout of Lisvane village and limited highway land prevented the provision of new footways. Therefore, the solution involved the creation of a Quiet Lane on Cefn Mably Road and a traffic calming scheme to reduce speeds on Church Road to create a more pedestrian friendly environment.

The proposed scheme followed a number of site visits, as well as traffic, pedestrian and cycle surveys, and collaborative working with the Council, which culminated in a Stage 1 Road Safety Audit which raised no ‘problems’ with the scheme.