A plan to build over 40,000 new homes in Cardiff to help the city cope with its rapidly expanding population have been approved.
The Welsh Assembly planning inspector has approved the plan, despite concerns over the possible impact on greenbelt land on the city’s northern edge, an area where some of the construction work will take place.
Critics have also questioned whether there will be adequate infrastructure to cope as the city anticipates its population soaring to 400,000 by 2026, up by 80,000 on the 2006 figure.
Around 13,000 homes are earmarked for the green fringe on the north side of Cardiff, with the rest to be built on brownfield sites.
While the local development plan has been hotly debated, the building work will create many jobs in the construction sector.
Earlier this week it was revealed that work will start later this year on an 800-home development at the site of a former paper mill at Canton in the west of the city.