Local Authority

Cardiff City Council

Project Description

Award Winning Eco Village


Great House Farm, Cardiff

Acting for sustainable residential developer LivEco, DPP gained planning permission for nine highly sustainable low carbon dwellings in St Fagans, Cardiff. The Listed Great House Farm is located outside the settlement boundary of Cardiff, within the open countryside. The site had been left to deteriorate to such an extent that its viable re-use was essential to ensure its future.

The proposal shared energy in the form of a biomass district heating system and was the scheme in Cardiff to achieve Code for Sustainable Homes Level Four. DPP worked closely with the client and the appointed architect to develop a ‘sensitive’ scheme which justified developing beyond the settlement boundary. At the same time, DPP led discussions with the Council about the opportunity to renovate the Listed building through the proposals.

DPP were instrumental in gaining planning permission, successfully arguing the development of residential units within the open countryside and the curtilage of the listed Great House Farm itself.  Given its sustainable principles, this was a relatively new concept for the Authority, which required us to demonstrate the deliverability of such a scheme.

The sustainability credentials and innovative approach to delivering housing led to the proposals winning the Constructing Excellence in Wales’ Sustainability Award and being shortlisted for the best residential scheme in the RICS Wales Awards.

Services Provided

  • Planning Advice
  • Managing submission of planning application
  • Overseeing planning application process through to successful determination.
  • Working with the team from DPP is always a pleasure – there is a commitment to projects which exceeds expectations and successful outcomes are always achieved. We would recommend their services to any potential developer and look forward to working with them again.

    Alan Gillard Director, LivEco