Landfill plan for Llanishen Reservoir

January 12, 2011 6 Comments »
Landfill plan for Llanishen Reservoir

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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.

Download a spreadsheet of all the candidate sites put forward to Cardiff council.

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.

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6 Comments

  1. Joe January 13, 2011 at 10:50 am - Reply

    It’s abbsolutly disgusting to think that WPD think they can get away with turning the site into a landfill site so close to the other houses in the area, I hope that they get the plans turned down and the site is resotred to it’s former beauty.

  2. Merlin January 14, 2011 at 4:12 pm - Reply

    Yet another threat to make a housing development seem more attractive. The council have to reduce landfill in favour of recycling so they won't want a new site, particularly one high up, leaching contaminants into the watercourses. If they got a licence for landfill (which they won't) how would they access the site? All those bin lorries, turning off Cyncoed roundabout? No, I don't think so. They're just playing games and they're not even very good at it.

  3. pam January 14, 2011 at 7:37 pm - Reply

    I see (if I read the plan correctly) that there are proposals to develop the Gas works land at Ferry Road Grangetown to take up to 500 houses! My reactions to this proposal is to question how they are to accommodate that many new people into the existing amenities in Grangetown? There are already a substantial number of flats newly built (and some not yet completed, sold/leased) along Ferry Road presently, which adds to the already high number they have developed around the International Sports Village, all "technically" part of Grangetown, and yet not a single school, GP surgery or park Im aware of has also been additionally built. When Pontprennau was built, they had to build community centers, local shops and the like to support the new suburb, and yet it is easily 2-3000 new homes built in this area of Grangetown south in the past few years with no extra facilities to intergrate these new people into the community. Can our schools, GPs and the like actually cope with these new residents?

  4. Sarah March 4, 2011 at 12:58 pm - Reply

    Cardiff residents are being treated with contempt

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