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Cardiff Council

Liveable Design Guide

The Liveable Design Guide (13mb PDF)​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Link opens in a new window​ ​sets out how new developments will help Cardiff become Europe’s most liveable capital city.

The guide sets out the Council’s ambitions for placemaking, urban design and architecture, which will be applied to strategic development sites throughout the city. 

The guide contains ten ‘masterplanning principles’ which collectively seek to deliver liveable neighbourhoods through good planning and design.

The Council’s ambition is for new development to exemplify the very best in UK and European good practice in terms of a range of key liveability indicators, such as:

  • quality of life, 
  • identity, 
  • public and green spaces, 
  • transport and sustainability. 

The guide is specifically targeted at large-scale development areas, where a new settlement or community is being created which will have an impact on Cardiff and the Capital City Region.