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Construction set to begin on The Mill

Public officials have met with developers ahead of the start of construction at one of Wales’ largest urban regeneration developments.

The Mill – an 800 home urban village complete with a neighbourhood centre, community hall, and parks – is being developed by Tirion Homes on the site of the former Arjo Wiggins Paper Mill site in Canton.

The construction programme is expected to create over 1,000 jobs, many for people living locally.

The site remediation has been carried out by Alun Griffiths. The construction of the new homes will be undertaken by Lovell.

Representatives from the Tirion Group welcomed Cardiff West AM and Cabinet Secretary for Finance and Local Government Mark Drakeford and Cardiff West MP Kevin Brennan, alongside other elected officials to the 53.6 acre site in order to discuss how its regeneration will impact the local community, and more broadly, Tirion’s regeneration efforts across South Wales.  The Group is currently working on two other sites in the region; the 500-home Whiteheads development in Newport, and the planned 225-home Parc Eirin site in Tonyrefail.

Peter Mathias, chairman of Tirion Group, says: “The Mill is a ground-breaking development that will not only transform the local community around it, but hopefully become a blueprint for high-quality housing communities across South Wales.

“As we prepare for the start of construction it is an honour to host AMs, MPs and councillors, and to be able to outline our vision for the site and our future vision for housing developments across Wales.”

A not-for-profit group, Tirion uses a collaborative funding model based on partnerships with the Welsh Government and Principality Building Society.

At The Mill, Tirion has unlocked the potential of the long-disused paper mill site by acquiring and cleaning up the brownfield land with financial backing from the Welsh Government and Principality, securing planning permission and then developing the site in partnership with Lovell.

Lovell regional director Kate Rees says: “We are delighted to be working with the Tirion Group, Cadwyn Housing Association, the Welsh Government and Principality to deliver this landmark housing scheme for Cardiff and look forward to starting construction of these new high-quality homes for sale and for rent.

“The Mill will create a brand-new community in an extremely desirable riverside location close to the city centre.” To register your interest in homes at The Mill, please visit www.themill-canton.co.uk or call 02920 606 766 for more details.

Peter Hughes, managing director at Principality Commercial, says: “Supporting this development goes to the heart of our purpose in helping people access quality affordable housing in an attractive environment, with excellent links to the city centre. In recent years we have invested heavily in local communities through a variety of both commercial and residential projects. The Mill project will hopefully pave the way for similar schemes across Wales.”