Under the Town and Country Planning (Development Management Procedure) (Wales) (Amendment) Order 106 Part 1A Section 2B and the Planning Applications (Temporary Modifications and Disapplication) (Coronavirus) Order 2020, those proposing major development are required to consult with members of the public and community and statutory bodies prior to submitting their planning application to the Local Planning Authority.


This website provides details of the proposed redevelopment of land at Guildford Crescent, Cardiff. GT Guildford Crescent Limited intends to submit a full planning application for this development in late April 2021.


You are invited to make comments to the project team for us to consider before the application is submitted. It is important to note that this exercise is entirely separate from the statutory consultation that Cardiff Council will conduct once the planning application has been submitted.


The current process will not preclude you from making future comments and should you wish to do so, you may make further comments direct to the Council at that stage, for consideration by the Council.


The Development

The proposed development is for the construction of 262 1-bed and 2-bed apartments within a 29-storey building that sits on a commercial plinth. The apartments are purpose built to rent and offered on flexible and long-term tenancies by an institutional investor. The development includes a range of shared facilities to foster a community feel as well having a dedicated manager on-site.    


The proposed development is formed of three stepping blocks of 29, 25 and 21 storey height. The 29 storey ‘Central block’ is orientated north/south running parallel to the railway line. This is wrapped by a 21 storey ‘North East block’ that breaks the scale of the east elevation on to the railway. The 25 storey wedge shaped ‘West block’ is shaped to respond to Guildford Crescent. The geometry of the clustered mass responds to the Masonic Hall and Guildford Crescent at a contextual scale and to the

railway and wider city from distance.


The proposed development includes Guildford Crescent’s pitched roof being reinstated as a mono-pitch with a residential roof terrace located behind at first floor level. This will be designed as a series of ‘pocket’ spaces, akin to individual patios, linked to internal spaces. It is proposed that the roof at Level 26 of the West block will be a residents amenity terrace. This South West aspect space, maximising afternoon/evening sun, will offer fantastic far reaching views over the city centre, castle and out to sea. The space will have varying surface finishes, integral outdoor furniture, lighting and sedum planting to form one of the very best roof terraces in Cardiff. As part of the sustainable drainage strategy both the Level 26 and 30 roofs will incorporate ‘blue roof’ rainwater storage with the top Level 30 roof including an array of solar PVs as part of the building’s on-site renewable sustainable energy provision.  


The ground floor of the building will provide access to the residential apartments and service areas. 450sq m of commercial floorspace that could provide up to 4 units will also be created fronting Guildford Crescent, using the retained frontages from the demolished properties. The future occupiers of these units are currently unknown therefore the application seeks to allow for flexible space in Use Classes A1 (shops), A2 (financial/professional services), A3 (food and drink), B1 (business/offices), D1 (non-residential institutions) and D2 (assembly and leisure).


The development does not provide any car parking, though it will provide secure bicycle storage at ground floor and mezzanine level for a minimum of one space per apartment.


Draft Planning Application Documents

The below files comprise the draft planning application documents that have been prepared for the proposed development. This includes a full set of plans, the Design and Access Statement, Planning Statement and a suite of technical reports.