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Thousands of new homes to be built in Cardiff

Thousands of extra homes are set to be built in Cardiff following the council's approval of the city's controversial local development plan (LDP).Over 41,000 homes are planned for construction by 2026, 23,790 of which are already built or have planning permission.While the majority of the new houses are to be built on brownfield land, the plans mean 13,450 homes being built on greenfield land from now to 2026.Concerns have also been raised about the transport infrastructure that will be needed to support the new developments, with some believing it will be unable to cope with the increase in population.Following the approval by Cardiff councillors, the LDP will now be submitted to the Welsh government for consideration.Councillor Richard Cook said the city needs more affordable homes if it is to continue to thrive. "We need the social housing and we need the affordable housing for those people who want to live in Cardiff and those people who want to have children in Cardiff," he told the BBC.According to Cardiff councillor Ramesh Patel, responsible for transport‚ planning and sustainability, the developments will mean new jobs for the city. Earlier this month, it was reported that a garden city had been proposed for the western outskirts of Cardiff.Roger Tanner, of the Cardiff Civic Society, said a new development would be needed to accommodate the city's rising population.In an article for the Institute of Welsh Affairs journal The Welsh Agenda, the former Caerphilly council planning manager said a series of new developments linked by parks could be built from the Danescourt area of the city towards Llantrisant.Mr Tanner argued that Cardiff Council should define areas for development in partnership with the Welsh government and Rhondda Cynon Taf.Commenting on the approval of the LDP, Mr Tanner told BBC Wales large developments planned for the north-west of Cardiff could exacerbate existing transport problems. 

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