Councillors Joe Carter (right) and Dan Naughton (left) stood outside the old Llanedeyrn High site.

Plans revealed for old Llanedeyrn High site

The project will build 53 new homes and a new sports pitch for St Teilo’s High School

CARDIFF Council has revealed plans to build 53 new social houses and a 3G sports pitch for St Teilo’s High School on the empty Llanedeyrn High School site.

Since Llanedeyrn High School shut in 2014 much of the land has lain bare, apart from a couple of sports pitches, despite initial plans for all the empty land to be used for St Teilo’s sports facilities.

This land has not been open to the public but there have been some instances of trespassing by people wanting to use the pitches at weekends.

New plans mean that after 10 years the land will now be redeveloped.

However, Apollo’s boxing club will stay where it is and receive fresh investment, while the new development is built around it.

No official start date has been announced but it won’t be until 2025 at the earliest because the council has assured ward councillors work on the Maelfa older people’s accommodation will be completed first.

New sports facilities at St Teilo’s

St Teilo’s Church in Wales High School. Credit: Bryana Francis

St Teilo’s High School, just off the A48 Eastern Avenue, is one of the biggest schools in the area but until now pupils have not had easy access to their sports facilities.

For years pupils have had to leave the school grounds, walk along a public footpath, and go through a gate just to access their two AstroTurf pitches.

This has not been ideal for school security and has meant that the current pitches have not been well used, said Councillor Joe Carter.

Plans for a new 3G enclosed pitch that is properly attached to the school means that pupils will have direct access to a new, modern, flood-lit pitch.

As well as this, the school will benefit from a new drainage system on their grass pitch, which has experienced water logging issues.

Social housing plans

The brownfield site will also include 53 good quality social housing units, including seven five-bed houses, 20 three-bed homes, 26 two-beds, and nine independent flats for adults with learning conditions.

“People are desperate for housing right now. They are coming to our surgeries on a weekly basis concerned about their housing situation. Whether they have nowhere to live or are in over-crowded accommodation, they are desperate,” said Councillor Carter.

The new proposed plans Llanedeyrn High School. Credit: Pentan Architects

The homes will be environmentally friendly with solar panels and heat pumps, and will meet the Welsh Government’s high housing standards.

Councillor Carter said: “We are not only building homes for people right now but we’re building homes that are going to last, that are good for the environment and built to high building standards.”

  • A public exhibition of the full plans will be staged on Wednesday, February 7 at the Powerhouse Hyb between 3pm and 7pm.