Cardiff purchases ice rink and 10 acres of land to accelerate development of International Sports Village

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A CGI of the masterplan for the International Sports Village Photo: Cardiff Council.

Alex Seabrook, local democracy journalist

Cardiff Council is in the process of purchasing the ice rink and 10 acres of land from the International Sports Village.

New details of the region’s master plan have come to light, including the relocation of a Splott motocross track just west of the current Bayside Mass Vaccination Center.

The development of the region has been piecemeal over the past few years and large parts of the land have been left empty.

By purchasing land from developers Greenbank, the council hopes to accelerate the development of the International Sports Village and its master plan for the region.

The council entered into a contract with Greenbank in 2012 to redevelop the International Sports Village. The first phase of the plans involved the construction of the Ice Arena Wales, which was completed in 2016, as well as the construction of an indoor ski slope, which has since been shelved.

Greenbank has built 100 apartments in the Cardiff Pointe development, as well as 160 affordable housing units. There is a building permit to build hundreds of more houses.

A map showing land ownership in the area Photo: Cardiff Council

A recently released cabinet report explained the fallout between the board and Greenbank, resulting in “stagnant” progress.

The cabinet report stated: “The development of the International Sports Village has stagnated for several years. Progress under the development agreement has been slow due to a disagreement between the board and Greenbank over the fulfillment of the conditions for the next phase of development, i.e. the commitment to deliver the ski slope or a reasonable alternative.

“In recent years, development has effectively ceased and the site has therefore suffered from significant uncertainty for an extended period. The development agreement between the board and Greenbank, which was designed to facilitate development, has effectively served to thwart progress in recent years.

“Significant uncertainty”

The council recently unveiled a new master plan for the area, which includes replacing the Maindy Velodrome with a new one north of the Bayside Vaccination Center. The plans drew criticism from Save the Maindy Velodrome activists, who were backed by cyclists Sir Chris Hoy and Geraint Thomas.

Another problem is that residents of the Cardiff Pointe development are struggling to sell their apartments and pay “bogus” service charges due to the project’s long completion times. By purchasing the land owned by Greenbank, the council hopes to resolve these issues.

The cabinet report said: “Housing development in Cardiff Pointe has also stagnated in recent years, which has created significant uncertainty for existing residents who have found themselves in a position where their properties have become difficult to sell. The area appears unfinished with much of the site undeveloped and no completion plan.

“Housing units developed by Greenbank are also subject to a housing management agreement requiring residents to pay a service charge. Currently, the load level is skewed due to the low number of completed properties. As delays in the completion of the development continue, the costs of this development are borne by the residents.

A site map showing the layout of the master plan Photo: Cardiff Council

‘Committed’

The decision is expected to be signed at a cabinet meeting on Thursday, September 23. The plan would be to divide the land into smaller plots, to sell each part one by one to the developers who have entered into a construction contract, to avoid any further delays.

Councilor Russell Goodway, Investment and Development Cabinet Member, said: “The Board remains committed to completing the development of the International Sports Village and providing a high quality leisure and sports destination at the site. .

“The leisure destination remains a key priority for the board, included as a goal in the board’s business plan and over the years the board has invested in a number of state-of-the-art facilities such as the international swimming pool, l ‘International Whitewater Rafting Center and FlowRider.

“If the recommendations in this report are accepted, the board will be able to move forward into phase two of the development, bringing together the on-site facilities into a single attraction and developing plans to create additional facilities at the International Sports Village. “

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