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Plans submitted for Cardiff arena-led regeneration scheme

A hybrid planning application has been submitted for the regeneration of Atlantic Wharf in Cardiff, with phase one of the scheme delivering a 17,000-capacity arena, hotel and associated parking.

The arena, which is set to create 1,000 jobs when complete, is being developed by Robertson Group and will be operated by Live Nation and Oak View Group.

The hybrid application is seeking full planning for phase one and outline planning for the wider mixed-use masterplan, which will see the regeneration of the Butetown area.

Nick Harris, Group Executive Property Director, Robertson, said: “Earlier this year we undertook public consultation events on the proposed plans and have been greatly encouraged by the positive feedback received from the local community.

“The planning application considers the comments raised during the consultation, which has seen a reduction to the scale of the masterplan and its overall building density.

“The submission of planning takes us, with our partners and the Council, one step closer to delivering the aspirations of the Council to create a vibrant visitor destination within Cardiff Bay.”

Designed to host the biggest names in the music industry, family shows, comedy, and sporting events, the arena is set to bring a significant uplift in Cardiff’s live entertainment market, attracting millions of visitors to the city, generating additional economic activity for local hotels, restaurants, and bars.

It is anticipated, if planning is granted, that the construction of the new arena will commence in Autumn 2022.

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