Planning committee preview: January 2011

January 11, 2011 4 Comments »
Planning committee preview: January 2011

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There’s plenty to discuss at this month’s planning committee, taking place at City Hall on Wednesday 12th January from 2.30pm, with decisions expected to made on three applications – the demolition of a £1.75m-valued house, the regeneration of Adamsdown fire station and nine new houses to be built on Great House Farm, St Fagans.

Nine new flats on Great House Farm, St Fagans

The ‘overgrown and derelict’ site of a locally-listed barn is on the agenda this month, as 110 signatories were submitted in opposition of the plans. Developers want to build nine new flats on the existing site, with a ‘sensitive restoration’ of the existing barns.

A decision was set to be made in November, but the committee wanted to carry out a site visit before a conclusion was reached.

There’s been some objection from locals, who claim the flats would be out of character with the rest of the area, would cause serious disruption to local wildlife and would increase pollution.

Controversial fire station plans in Adamsdown

A decision is expected on the controversial plans to demolish the existing fire station, to make way for student flats and a smaller fire station.

The building, on Adam Street, is described as underused and will be replaced by a three-bay station, with accommodation for more than 500 students next door.

The development has been strongly opposed by Adamsdown councillors Nigel Howells and John Dixon, who claim it is an overdevelopment of the site, ‘cramming’ students into an ‘unrealistic’ space.

The councillors also raised concerns about the increase in traffic and the dangers this could cause for young families with small children in the area.

Jenny Randerson AM, and Jenny Wilmott MP for Cardiff Central have also publicly voiced their opposition, adding that emergency vehicles may been restricted due to heavy traffic in the area.

To date, 62 letters, or emails, of objection have been received – including letters from Cardiff Prison and the Cardiff Community Housing Association.

£1.75m country house to be converted into 22 flats

Plans to demolish a picturesque house worth nearly £2 million to make way for 22 new two-bedroom flats have been strongly opposed by nearby locals.

The five-bedroom house, on an acre plot of land, has its own tennis courts, swimming pool and billiards room.

All12 properties in ‘The Chantry’ opposed the plans questioning the need for flats in an area dominated by family houses, claiming the development would be out of character with the rest of its surroundings.

50 residents have signed a petition against the plans, and are backed by Llandaff councillor Kirsty Davies, David Melding AM, as well as G Powys Jones, MSc, who is representing most of the residents occupying the houses closest to the proposal.

The Llandaff Society, claim the house adds a lot of character to the area, and its loss would not be beneficial.

As with the Great House Farm plans, a decision was set to made in November, but the committee wanted to visit the site to make a more informed decision.

Old Estate agents to become sandwich and deli bar

Nearly 2,000 people have signed a petition against plans to convert an estate agents into a sandwich bar, with the opponents claiming another restaurant would ‘destroy the fabric’ of their village.

Councillors Linda Morgan and Timothy Davies have led the challenge, but an unaddressed local sports massage business has also raised concerns, claiming that customers leaving the new premises will cause noise disturbance.

The current site, on Penlline Road, Whitchurch, has been empty for 10 months, which could prove a difficulty for the opposing parties – as a proposed change would be difficult to prove to have a  ‘detrimental’ effect on the surrounding area.

Empty land earmarked for two new houses

Worries about increased traffic could prove to be the stumbling block for a development of two new four-bedroom houses on a plot of empty land in Grant’s Close, Tongwynlais.

Four letters of objection and 53 petition signatures have been received by the planning committee, complaining that the values of their houses would decrease, heavy lorries would damage their pavements and that traffic in the area would get even worse.

The plot is at the entrance of a site that is currently being developed for 20 new houses, and developers claim the additional two houses would ‘provide a feature at the entrance to the new development’.

What do you think about the applications above? Do you live in any of the areas above? Let us know in the comments below

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  1. Rich January 12, 2011 at 11:24 am - Reply

    2,000 people have signed a petition to protest at the opening of a sandwich bar !!! What are they fearing will happen?

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