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Plans to build 400 homes at current BBC Wales HQ site in Llandaff, Cardiff are approved

Plans to build 400 homes on the site of BBC Wales’ Cardiff headquarters in Llandaff have been approved by Cardiff City Council.

Acstro prepared a Transport Assessment to accompany the planning application on behalf of the developer, Taylor Wimpey.

The proposed development is anticipated to deliver approximately 400 new homes including a mix of houses and apartments thus providing a sustainable mix of accommodation.

Prompted by out-dated and unreliable technology at its existing premises in Llandaff, in August 2013, the BBC announced that the site would be sold as part of its plans to relocate to a new purpose-built broadcasting headquarters near Cardiff Central train station in 2018. This relocation is predicted to kick-start one of the biggest urban regeneration projects in Cardiff’s history. The sale and release of the site for the proposed alternative use is important to the delivery of this relocation project.

The site is 17.45 acres and straddles both sides of Llantrisant Road, one of the city’s main arterial routes.

Acstro’s Transport Assessment found that the proposed development would result in an overall reduction in the volume of traffic when compared to the site’s current use. To encourage the resident of the development to make sustainable travel choices a package of measures to improve pedestrian and cycle facilities near the site will be delivered.

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Planning Permission Granted for 500kW Wind Turbine

Planning permission has been granted for a wind turbine measuring 86.5m tall to its tip on land at Phillipstown, Blaenau Gwent.

Acstro prepared a Transport Management Plan on behalf of developers, Clean Earth Energy Ltd., that investigated the suitability of the routes leading to the site and their ability to accommodate the abnormal loads associated with the delivery of the turbine components.

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Proposed Development at the Corran Resort & Spa, Laugharne

A planning application has been submitted for a multi-million pound development at The Corran Resort & Spa in Laughrne. The proposal is to deliver 200 eco-lodges on 130 acres of marshland adjacent to the hotel’s current site. The proposals also include a new swimming pool, restaurant and the creation of ponds and winter wetlands.

Acstro prepared a Transport Assessment to accompany the planning application. Improvements to the local highway network will be undertaken to accommodate the additional traffic that will be generated by the development.

Plans to turn Cardiff tram shed into arts and music venue get go-ahead

Plans to transform former tram sheds located at the edge of Cardiff’s city centre have been approved by the City Council. The grade II listed building on Pendyris Street was originally built in 1902. The intended new uses include a 1,000 capacity multi-purpose venue, café, bar, restaurant, 50-seat cinema space, gallery space, dance and activity studios, live/work units and a new business incubator.

Acstro prepared a Transport Statement to accompany the planning application and is now working with the developer, TS Developments, on producing a Travel Plan that will include a package of measures to encourage sustainable travel patterns and also measures aimed at safely and swiftly dispersing up to 1,000 people from the venue.

Artist's impression of development

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Artist's impression of development

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