Over 45,000 new homes planned for Cardiff

Plans for 45,400 new homes to be built in Cardiff have been unveiled today. The plans forecast that the homes will be build by 2026.

They include proposals for 7,500 homes in a new suburb west of Pentrebane and about 6,000 and 2,000 to be built on either side of Pontprennau.

There's also space earmarked for 2,000 homes on land north of junction 33 on the M4.

The proposals are part of Cardiff council's draft Local Development Plan (LDP) strategy. This draft document will have to go through the council's scrutiny committee and full council before it can be passed, and it will also face a public consultation before the end of the year.

If approved by all three stages, the strategy will be adopted in October 2015.

Ralph Cook, deputy leader of Cardiff council, said the council expects to be challenged over the plans.

We know that this will be challenged, we know there will be many people upset by the idea of houses being built very close their houses which were only built 10 years ago and we can expect that. There's a long way to go until we get to there but this is the first stage we have to get under our belts.

– Ralph Cook, deputy leader of Cardiff council

But the plans have already been met with praise from Shelter Cymru, who have said that building new homes will help ease the shortage of affordable homes in Wales.