Cardiff’s Labour Council has announced the long-overdue redevelopment of Llanedeyrn’s Maelfa Shopping Centre.

The development will include 111 new homes and retail units as well as a new public square.

Planning consent was unanimously granted in April this year, with work planned to start on-site this Autumn. The first phase, extension of the Powerhouse Community Centre, will begin in coming weeks.

Construction will be comprise three phases of work. The first phase, which includes the Powerhouse Community Centre extension, is intended to complete early next year. The second and third phase works will follow on from this. The second phase will demolish and redevelop one side of the existing shopping centre, with the existing tenants moving within the site as necessary to allow the improvements to be made.

The development has been welcomed by the vast majority of local residents, with over 90% residents supported for the the plans presented to us in Autumn 2015 being received by the Council.

With planning consent is in place, it looks like it is only a matter of time before work gets underway. At last it looks like things are going to go ahead. However, residents are rightly sceptical following decades of empty promises and false dawns. People are only going to believe that things are happening when we see the builders move in and things start to take shape.

However, all in all, this is a very positive development. I’m delighted that the Council is committing to Llanederyn and Pentwyn, investing £5m in this long-overdue redevelopment. It has reportedly taken some time to unpick the contract put in place by the previous administration, which may not have been that favourable to the local authority. but we can now look forward to full occupancy in the new Maelfa Shopping  Centre, plus over a hundred additional homes.

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