Proposals to add 17 townhouses to the development of a nursing home in Pontcanna, Cardiff have been approved.
St Winefride’s nursing home on Romilly Crescent was due to become 120 appartments with a 60 bed nursing home but developers wanted to diversify their plans.
The townhouses, which will be 4 storeys in height, as well as 59 apartments, triggered objections from local residents and councillors.
Riverside councillor Gwenllian Lansdown urged Cardiff’s planning committee to reduce the height of the townhouses.
She said: “I have one single issue with these changes and that is the height of the townhouses and the impact they will have on the area.
“I urge you to reduce the number of storeys as they will overlook residents on Conway and Llanfair Road.”
The Cathedral and Conway Road Conservation Group said they supported the plans but wanted an increase in the public amenity space provided by developers.
Speaking after the meeting, Riverside councillor Mohammed Islam criticised the decision.
He said: “They’ve set a precedent now for the area with the four storeys. We also have big issues about parking in the area and this development will only make it worse.”
The developers, Loosemore Commercial Ltd & 55+ Ltd, are upping the number of nursing bedrooms to 73 in return for decreasing the amount they pay in Section 106 money towards public amenities near the development.
The original plans for the site were approved last year, after previously being rejected in 2008.
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