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Consultation launched over plans to create new city centre square

15 Feb 2024 2 minute read
The former Debenhams store in Cardiff. Photo by Hammerhead27 is licensed under CC BY-NC-SA 2.0.

A public consultation is being launched to help shape plans for a new city square in the centre of Cardiff.

St David’s Cardiff owner, Landsec has plans to transform the former Debenhams store into a new public space tailored to local needs.

The proposed open-air square will aim to provide a safe space for children to play, and could provide a location in the city centre for live music, local creatives and Cardiff’s growing street food scene.

The community consultation will kick off at St David’s Cardiff, next to the first floor information point, on 23 and 24 February.


Landsec will invite people to come together to explore the themes of culture, nature, play, activity, and craft in community workshops to create a place that meets local needs and celebrates Cardiff culture.

Helen Morgan, Centre Director at St David’s Cardiff said: “These plans have the potential to bring so much to Cardiff. New outdoor space will revitalise this part of the city centre for local people to enjoy and provide a better all-day-out experience for guests visiting St David’s and Cardiff.

“Now our focus is to engage with local people, community groups and stakeholders to work with us to shape the future of St David’s, so we can continue to contribute to our thriving capital city.”

People have until April 2024 to share their thoughts on the plans and are invited to attend design events throughout February and March.

Comments are also encouraged on Landsec’s new commonplace website which will feature event details, updates on the project, and the early plans.

Demolition plans

Cardiff’s Debenhams store closed in 2021 and demolition plans were submitted in November 2023.

Planning consultants said the store was being knocked down due to the occupier no longer operating and a “lack of demand for retail units of this size”.

Landsec bought the site, along with 100% ownership of the St David’s shopping centre, earlier in 2023.

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Mab Meirion
Mab Meirion
1 month ago

Is ‘Cardiff to be twined with Monaco’…another city state…another hegemony…

1 month ago

Good luckwith that, its never been a great spot, not sure how it can be improved. Shame they pointlessly built Saint Davids 2 when they can’t fill the shops already in and out of shopping centres. Cardiff has a long habit of this redevelopment nonsense, see Queens west and Queens arcade and now the Capitol is near empty.

1 month ago

This could be good news if done correctly. The small green space that was created before the Admiral building was built was very popular and well used.

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