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BBC Broadcasting House and Ty Oldfield Llandaff

Llantrisant Road - Llandaff - Cardiff

Proposed residential development of up to 400 new homes.

  • Overview

    The proposed development is anticipated to deliver approxiamtely 400 new homes including a mix of houses and apartments thus providing a sustainable mix of accommodation. In line with emerging Council policy, 20% of the homes will be made available to those who cannot afford to buy on the open market.

    Prompted by outdated and unreliable technology at its existing premises in Llandaff, in August 2013, the BBC announced that the site would be sold as part of its plans to relocate to a new purpose-built broadcasting headquarters near Cardiff Central train station in 2018. This relocation is predicted to kick-start one of the biggest urban regeneration projects in Cardiff’s history. The sale and release of the site for the proposed alternative use is important to the delivery of this relocation project.

  • About the site

    The site is 17.45 acres (gross) and is located in Llandaff, Cardiff. The sites straddle either side of Llantrisant Road which is the main artery route into Cardiff from the north. The site has direct access to Cardiff city centre which is approximately 2 miles (3.2km) to the east.

    Broadcasting House (on the north-side of Llantrisant Road) was opened in 1967 and has since been home to BBC Cymru Wales. Baynton House, which previously occupied this site, was subsequently demolished in 1975. Ty Oldfield (the former Home Economics college) lies on the south-side of Llantrisant Road.

    Broadcasting House comprises a substantial purpose bulit television broadcasting facility arranged within a five/six storey building surrounded by ancillary outbuildings. Ty Oldfield comprises a former college that has extended and converted to offices. The site also occupies a listed building called 'The Lodge' which comproses a Grade II Listed detached two-storey Victorian house.

    The northern part of the site, referred to as ‘Broadcasting House’ is bounded by Llantrisant Road to the south, residential dwellings to the west and the A4054 Bridge Road to the north and east. The River Taff runs northwest to southeast immediately adjacent to Bridge Road, approximately 20 m north of the site.

    The southern part of the site, referred to as ‘Ty Oldfield’ is bounded by Llantrisant Road along its northern site boundary. There is a comprehensive school adjacent to the western site boundary, a university hall of residence adjacent to the eastern site boundary and a wooded area backing on to residential dwellings to the south of the site. Both the northern and southern parts of the site are irregular in shape and are currently occupied by numerous high rise buildings, car parking areas and areas of landscaping.

    There are a large number of trees on the site, many of which have Tree Preservation Orders (TPOs). Our design of the scheme will seek to retain as many of the existing trees as possible. The site is very well connected to public transport, local footpaths and cycleways. Given the proximity of the River Taff corridor the site has been assessed for its ecological value. The habitat value within the sire is principally associated with the trees and potential for use by bats. On the southern part of the site is the Victorian Lodge a well -preserved Grade II Listed Building.

  • What's proposed?

    The proposed development consists of approximately 400 new homes with a mix of 1, 2 and 3 and 4 bedroom accommodation. 20% of the site will be affordable housing with a mix of social rented and intermediate housing.


    The site will be designed to provide an interesting, legible and safe residential development for people to live in. A bespoke response is required to the design of this site, focusing on placemaking to create a distinct identity.


    Figure 1 - Proposed Masterplan

    BBC Aerial View

    Figure 2 - Aerial View of Proposed Development

    Central Square

    Figure 3 - Proposed Street Scene

    Central Square 2

    Figure 4 - Proposed Street Scene

    Landscape and trees

    There are a large number of trees on site, many of which are TPO. Our design has sought to retain as many of the existing trees as possible. The trees form an important feature of the new urban environment and help create meaningful public spaces.

    Access/footpaths/cycle links

    The proposed development will use the existing points of vehicular access into the site from Llantrisant Road. The proposed development will provide new public links to Bridge Road and the Taff Trail to the north and to existing development to the south, improving the cycle and pedestrian network for existing residents. We will aim to provide and improve safe and accessible connections from the site to existing links to schools, local facilities and services. The site will be more accessible than it is at present.


    The proposals do not include any works or changes to the North Lodge which is located at the entrance into Ty Oldfield to the south. Its setting has been considered in the design of the scheme and will be retained and given a self-contained curtilage.

  • Community Benefits

    The proposals will generate a number of social and economic benefits to the local area. Whilst BBC will be leaving the area it is staying in Cardiff which is good news for the city. In place of BBC, a new community will be formed in a high quality environment.

    Community Benefits

    A number of financial contributions will be made to the local community as part of the development. These will be secured through a legal agreement known as a Section 106 Agreement.

    Affordable Homes

    The proposals could include 20% affordable homes to meet local housing needs, a mix of tenures and occupiers.

    Job Creation and Economic Benefits

    Research by the Home Builders Federation (HBF) has found that every new home built leads directly to the creation of 1.5 full time jobs on site for the duration of the build. Taylor Wimpey use local contractors across multiple skilled trades to build their new homes.

    New housing and house building contributes to the regional and local economy through both direct and indirect employment. New residents occupying the new homes would help support existing, and help develop, new services in Llandaff, benefiting the High Street and local facilities.

  • Updates

    A public consultation event was held on Thursday 28th April 2016 from 11am - 8pm at the Llandaff Institute. It was an opportunity for people to view our proposals for the site. Please find below links to the boards that were shown at the event.

    BBC Llandaff Board 1 - Introduction

    BBC Llandaff Board 2 - Proposals

    BBC Llandaff Board 3 - Proposals

    BBC Llandaff Board 4 - Proposals

    BBC Llandaff Board 5 - Proposals

    BBC Llandaff Board 6 - Proposed Development

    BBC Llandaff Board 7 - Benefits & Next Steps

    An application for the approval of reserved matters was submitted to Cardiff Council in May 2016, and is currently under consideration by the Council (application reference 16/01059/MJR). The detailed proposals for the site currently will deliver a total of 364 new dwellings on the site, split as 190 flats and houses on the south side (of Llantrisant Road) and 174 flats and houses on the north site. This breaks down to a total of 255 flats (1 and 2 bedroom) and 10 houses (3, 4 and 5 bedroom) in total, across the whole site. The detailed proposals are available on the Council’s website to view: http://planning.cardiff.gov.uk/online-applications/simpleSearchResults.do;jsessionid=772C7A8E63E39520D44EC5489BF9BDED?action=firstPage . Taylor Wimpey and its consultant team are in discussions with the Council and key stakeholders. The reserved matters approval for the detailed design of the development is expected to be granted by the Council in October 2016.