Hundreds of new student flats could be built in the heart of Cardiff

A CGI image of a proposed development on a busy Cardiff road. The proposed building is of varying heights, with its tallest tower being its most prominent aspect.
-Credit: (Image: Corstorphine + Wright Architects)

Hundreds of new student flats could be built in the heart of Cardiff. Student accommodation developer Fusion Students has submitted a planning application for the creation of a new housing block at Longcross Court on Newport Road.

The developer plans to demolish a building on the site, which was constructed in the mid 1980s, and build the new accommodation by 2028. The current site is a multi-occupied commercial red-brick building and has been home to various organisations such as Lloyds Bank.

According to planning documents, however, many tenants of the building have vacated or shown intention to do so, "leaving the majority of the building empty". Fusion Students, which already has a strong presence in Cardiff, proposes to create an 18-storey development that will provide 706-bed spaces for students and employ 14 full-time staff.

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They aim to provide "high quality student living" that will serve Cardiff and its growing demand for student occupation better than the current office space, which they suggest no longer suits the needs of the area. The plans describe Longcross Court as "well-located", with both the University of South Wales and Cardiff University campuses being within a 19-minute walk of the location.

The proposals also show plans for the creation of community amenity spaces and ground-floor commercial space. For the latest Cardiff news, sign up to our newsletter here.

The proposal has also been through a pre-application consultation process with the local community, which saw some design changes, including the reduction of the tower-element of the building from 24 storeys to 18. A statement submitted as part of the application said: "In preparing the planning application, the design team has had a series of collaborative preapplication discussions with Cardiff City Council as well as useful feedback from the Design Commission for Wales and through the public engagement PAC process.

"This approach has helped to inform and shape the proposals, ensuring that the resulting design is of a high standard and a positive asset to the city of Cardiff."