Campaigners who battled to get a Cardiff reservoir as a listed site could now see it turned into a rubbish dump.
Western Power Distribution (WPD) Ltd who own Llanishen Reservoir have applied for permission to build housing or a landfill site.
Papers released by Cardiff council as part of its new local development plan consultation show the 34 hectare site could be built on.
Llanishen Reservoir campaign Andrew Hill said: “It’s the oldest planning trick in the book. You submit a waste dump proposal alongside the housing proposal and hope people don’t notice. But we’re not that stupid.
“I remember they did something like this in 2002. The fact is they can’t do much with the site as there’s no access to it and it’s now a listed structure.
“Who knows what noxious idea they’ll come up with next.”
Nigel Howells, Liberal Democrat Assembly candidate for Cardiff Central said: “This proposal is just plain crazy. The reservoirs and their surroundings are an area of outstanding natural beauty and local residents will be incensed when they hear this news. WPD have already had several planning applications for housing on the site turned down and now they want to allocate the land as a landfill site.”
More than 100 locations across the city have been put forward to the council as potential development sites.
Executive member for environment, councillor Margaret Jones, said: “All those involved in Cardiff’s LDP, whether developers, interest groups, or the general public, will now have the opportunity to be involved in the consideration of candidate sites.
“It is important to point out that these are not the Council’s proposals for the plan, they are simply expressions of interest from numerous landowners and the submission of sites should not be interpreted in any way as a commitment to them being included in the plan by the Council when it is subsequently produced.”
At the time of writing, Western Power Distribution were unavailable for comment.
What do you think about the plans? Are you involved in the campaign? Have you found anything interesting in the ‘candidate sites’ data released by Cardiff council? We’re working up a special report for later this week in the South Wales Echo, so let us know your views in the comments below and they might get used in the paper.