Case study


Located in north west Cardiff, the new garden city Plasdwr will be set within around 900 acres (368 ha) of open countryside bordering the existing communities of Fairwater, St Fagans, Danescourt and Radyr.

Transport Planning
Infrastructure Design
Environmental Assessment



It will deliver around 7,000 new homes plus shops, offices, schools, health centres, leisure centres, pubs and restaurants.


Given the obvious size of the development (one of the largest strategic development proposals in the UK), the site constituted EIA development under the Town and Country Planning (Environmental Impact Assessment) Regulations 2011 (as amended). As such, the potential environmental impacts of the development needed to be assessed robustly through the submission of an Environmental Statement.


Mayer Brown Limited’s Environmental Team were commissioned by lead developer Redrow Homes to guide the development through the initial feasibility stages of the project undertaking baseline environmental survey work; assessing the scheme to determine any required mitigation and drafting the Noise and Vibration and Air Quality sections of the Environmental Statement which accompanied the planning application.

The City of Cardiff’s planning committee resolved to grant planning permission for the development in March 2017. In addition to bringing forward 7,000 new homes, Plasdŵr is expected to create over 30,000 jobs during its lifetime, many through the construction phase but also permanent jobs through the education, health, leisure, office and retail space it will create.

Full details of the development can be found here:

For further information relating to Mayer Brown’s input into the scheme, please contact Paul Gray

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