To solve the problem of gentrification, three groups focus on different aspects. Group A focus on land-use, property and policy. Group B focus on demographics and just transition, while group C explore the topic from housing finance, equitable mobility, type and density. Based on the analysis of each topic, specific anti-gentrification strategies are proposed.

The commercial area of Grangetown is mainly distribute at the west of the
railway and the south Grangetown. The north-east Grangetown is a large
scale residential area. The most of buildings in Grangetown are single used. The most of mixed used land is the centre of large scale residential area, which is commercial and residential mixed.

Policy analysis

The newly approved urban renewal project on the south bank of the TAFF RIVER will generate a large number of jobs.The north place will be a collection of good quality heritage buildings anchored by Brains brewery and buildings along Trade Street, and the south sites is for housing development which create 3000 construction jobs and 500 extra long-term jobs.

Setting up a bicycle green-way network

Introducing a Community Right to Buy. Getting hold of land at an affordable price is the biggest barrier to affordable housing, including by CLTs. We need to upgrade the Localism Act to provide powers like those in Scotland, where communities don’t just have the right to bid (as in England) but
have a preemptive right to buy land at an independently valued price. In the case of abandoned or neglected land where the use is causing harm to
local well-being, they also have the right to compulsorily buy the land. This should be supported by a £20m Land Fund to provide loan funding to
support groups to acquire land, or an interest in land without planning permission.

Keeping CLT homes affordable to local people

The Common Ground Trust (Trust hereafter) is proposed as a publicly- backed but independent, which would buy the land beneath houses and lease it to members.The Trust would take the form of a commons, where the land is controlled by a community of members, working within a сonstitutional framework.

CGT cooperate with skill center. Working with the residents and community of designer as a skill center Creating a collective approach to identifying the physical, technical and design parameters across a particular community can help simplify and standardise. The guiding design rules can be embodied in a Community Design Code.

The Common Ground Trust scheme
Testing of different plans

The pedestrian and cars will be separated. cars are only allowed access surrounding this area. The residents cars can park in the building in the Northern Gaswork. Bikes also are encouraged to be used in community. The longest distance in this area is no more than 800m, which is walkable.

The landscapes and functional buildings creates two landscape axis which
are cross in the central of this area. The main landscape axis coincides with
the main street.

Accessibility and connectivity improvements / Landscape and community service

The green space are developed vertical and try to distribute in the entire area. The roof garden are developed on the low-rise buildings which ensure the roof garden can achieve both Interaction and viewing. Due to the roof of CGT area is not under control, some pocket park are set.

The housing developed in this area can be divided into three kinds as shown in the map. the affordable housings and market housing are developed by CLT. The profit of market housing is going to be used to subsidy the development of affordable housing and the CGT.

The main street is the main entrance to the community.It’s directly connected to IKEA, and the commercial layout is also conducive to attracting people into the community.In order to better connect the surrounding areas, the main street is also the main passage for bicycles in the community and the bike lane is located in the middle of the main street to minimize disruption to shoppers on both sides of the street.In addition, the layout of the main street also considers how to attract chain stores to set up, which can provide more jobs for the community.


Juliet Bidgood


Yuting Chen / Shiyu Dou / Kieran Hymers / Mutoni Kayihura / Qingran Ni,
Yize Sun / Rummin Wang / Xiduo Yang / Hao Zheng / Chenyi Zhang