Igloo submits plans for Cardiff Doctor Who production base

Regeneration developer Igloo Regeneration has submitted a planning application to build a new BBC TV production base on a site at Roath Basin, Cardiff.

The plans, if approved by Cardiff City Council, will kick start the redevelopment of the area, which Igloo signed a development agreement for in 2006.

The agreement, with the now-defunct Welsh Development Agency, envisaged 120,000sq meters of commercial space, and up to 1,500 homes.

Director of BBC Cymru Wales Menna Richards confirmed that the new production base would host the filming of series including Doctor Who, Casualty and soap opera Pobol y Cwm (People of the Valley).

Richards said: "This is a fantastic opportunity to build on the success of BBC Wales drama production and the wider creative industries in Wales."

The detailed planning application, submitted in December, would see a 20,000sq metre TV facility with supporting infrastructure and landscaping.

Welsh deputy first minister Ieuan Wyn Jones, said: "When operational, it should play a vital role in creating sustainable jobs supported by training and skills provision."

The Roath Basin is the last undeveloped site in the regeneration of Cardiff Bay.

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