South East Wales

Bessemer Road fruit market site could become housing site

Artist's impression of Bessemer market redevelopment
Image caption An rtist's impression of the Bessemer market site redevelopment

A 50-year-old fruit market in Cardiff could be transformed into a housing and office complex after the owners put the site up for sale.

Bessemer Road market in Grangetown has outline planning permission for up to 250 houses and flats and an office complex.

The estate agents said only a section of the site is used by traders and is too large for its current purpose.

The market would move to an as yet unnamed location once a buyer is found.

As well as fruit, vegetable and flower sellers, the market site hosts car boot sales every weekend.

Benefits

Paul Madley of Rawlins and Madley, who are managing the sale said: "At the moment we want to identify a purchaser and then once we have got the developer on board we'll look at relocating [the market] to another site.

"The site is far to big for what it is because of the economic times and the competition from supermarkets."

Part of any sale would involve a developer agreeing to provide more than £1.3m of benefits to Cardiff council by contributing to education, community facilities and highways in the area.

Around 35 of the homes built would be affordable housing mainly aimed at those renting.

The market opened in 1965 and became a centre for wholesale distribution of fruit and vegetables in south Wales and beyond.

However the number of traders had fallen over the past decade, with only a third of the site now used for its original purpose.

The site will go on sale by informal tender on 10 May.

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