Planning round-up: November 2010

November 18, 2010 1 Comment »
Planning round-up: November 2010

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It was a busy planning committee this month, with applications for mini-supermarkets, extensions in conservation areas and new backpacking hostels topping the agenda.

Llandaff North mini-supermarket plans to be seen by councillors

Plans to extend former offices in Llandaff North and turn them into a mini-supermarket will be under scrutiny at a site visit next month.

Llandaff North councillor won a site visit over what she described as a “dangerous” application.

The former NatWest Bank site on Station Road is due to expand in size by 40 per cent if the application is granted.

Rhiwbina Garden Village house refused extension

Applicant Simon Davies was left fuming after the planning committee refused to grant an extension to his house in Lon-Y-Dail, Rhiwbina.

Despite support from local residents and councillors, the committee ruled Mr Davies could not add a part-single and two storey extension.

The committee said as the house was listed and in a conservation area it would have a detrimental effect. Mr Davies now plans to appeal to the Assembly Government.

Llandaff apartment block to be reviewed by councillors

Plans to demolish a house in Llandaff and replace it with 22 apartments will be decided next month.

Llandaff councillor Gareth Aubrey was successful in persuading the planning committee to visit The Retreat, Pwllmelin Road.

The application has objections from South Wales Central AM David Melding and a petition of 50 residents.

New backpacking hostel for city centre

Travellers visiting the city will have an extra 100 beds to rest their heads on for the night after councillors approved a brand new youth hostel.

The hotel, on St Mary Street, will be aimed at backpackers and provides temorary lodgings in the heart of the city.

Ray Baker, architecural consultant, speaking on behalf of the applicants, said: “It’s currently empty offices and my clients thought it would be a good use for it.

“We know how popular Cardiff is with tourists so we wanted to give them somewhere to stay.”

The hostel is due to open in February next year.

City centre shop refused ability to change into cafe/bar

Floyds clothing on High Street has been refused permission to change itself into a cafe/bar.

Owner Kelvin Evans wanted to tap into the pedestrianisation of the area and also blamed the St David’s development for him having to change the nature of his business.

Councillors voted to reject the application as it falls within the council’s saturation zone and South Wales Police objected because of fears over anti-social behaviour.

Churchill bar extended hours refused

Planning committee rejected an application by the Churchill Group to open a bar later in the city centre.

The building, on Churchill Way, has been subject to noise complaints and councillors refused longer hours – which could have seen it open until 5am on weekends.

Site visit for St Fagans farm plans

Plans to create nine new properties and a car park at Great House Farm, Michaelston Road have been deferred for a site visit.

The application by Mulcare Ball has drawn objections from neighbours and the North West Cardiff Conservation Group.

Plans to extend a shop in Pentwyn go to a site visit

Councillors will take a trip to Glenwood Close in Pentwyn to examine an application to expand a shop in the area.

The owner, Mr S Patel, wants to add four flats in addition to a first and second storey extension.

Pentwyn councillor Joe Carter called for a site visit and the application faces objections from Cardiff Central AM Jenny Randerson and 55 residents.

Extension in Llanrumney refused

Plans for a dormer extension on Taunton Crescent in Llanrumney were refused by the planning committee.

Following a site visit and a campaign by local residents and local councillor Heather Joyce the committee ditched the plans.

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