The Proposal

The draft application proposals will see the redevelopment of the existing Queens Arcade Shopping Centre to create a new mixed-use quarter in the heart of Cardiff’s City Centre. 

The long-term decline in the retail market has seen many retailers leave Queens Arcade Shopping Centre and the centre is now at the point of no longer being viable. This position has been reached over a number of years but has been exacerbated by the Covid-19 crisis. As such, the ending of restrictions associated with the pandemic will not lead to a long-term turn around in the fortunes of the centre not least because the challenges are exacerbated by a very complicated and confusing inclined multi-level circulation arrangement within the centre itself.  For these reasons the owners of the site have been forced to look at alternative forms of development, the application proposals representing a vital and viable addition to the city centre which will result in wider benefits.  

This Hybrid Planning Application seeks:

  • Outline Planning Permission (all matters reserved except access) for a mixed-use development comprising of a series of buildings for residential, commercial and leisure floorspace (Use Classes A1 A2, A3, B1, D2, C1, C3 and sui generis) with associated access and landscaping/ public realm/ open space provision.
  • Full Planning Permission and Listed Building Consent for the change of use and alterations to No. 24 & 26 Queen Street Chambers, Queen Street to Commercial use (Use Class B1), and
  • Conservation Area Consent for demolition of the existing Queens Arcade buildings.

Prior to formal submission to the Local Planning Authority and in accordance with the requirements set out in Part 1A of the Town & Country Planning (Development Management Procedure) (Wales) Order 2012 as amended by The Planning Applications (Temporary Modifications and Disapplication) (Wales) (Coronavirus) Order 2020, the proposal was subjected to a Pre-Application Consultation which ended on 17th August 2021.

As part of the PAC process, on the 5th August 2021, a webinar was held to share our ideas and hear feedback on the proposals. A copy of the presentation given at the webinar as well as a recording of the webinar is available below: