Dramatic development proposals put forward in a North Cardiff council ward as part of the latest local development plan could ruin the way of life there, residents have warned.
As part of Cardiff council’s latest local development plan, 112 potential sites for development have been put forward across the city.
In the Cardiff’s Rhiwbina ward there have been five plans put forward over three sites.
The largest, and most controversial – on land at Briwnant north of the M4 – proposes 157-hectares of green space be included for development with a residential capacity of 1,200 units.
The plan proposes to also build a new primary school, local shopping, park and ride facility, 10-hectare business park and country park.
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But at a meeting to discuss the plans attended by more than 250 people at Rhiwbina’s All Saints church, residents voiced opposition for green land to be built on.
One resident, Geraint Denison, of Cesail Y Bryn, Wenallt Road, said the creation of a “new suburb” would “sandwich Rhiwbina within Cardiff”.
He said: “This huge development wipes out green space. This is radically going to change the face of where we all live and doesn’t serve anyone except the developers proposing it. I just think it is absolutely shocking.”
There were also concerns raised about the amount of traffic congestion that would result from such a large development particularly given there were no plans for an extra motorway junction to be included.
Independent councillors Jayne Cowan, Adrian Robson and Brian Jones said they would give the comments back to the council ahead of the consultation period between May and June.
And Jonathan Morgan, AM for Cardiff North, agreed on the need to protect Cardiff’s green spaces.
He said: “I remain committed to protecting our green spaces. As a resident of Rhiwbina I know how passionate people feels about the issue of protecting our village identity and surrounding areas. Cardiff Council and the Assembly Government need to get their act together.”
Other plans in the ward include a vacant 0.8 hectare site to the rear of Brynteg, adjacent to the historic Twmpath, which has capacity for 10 residential units.
The second site is the 3.5 hectare Greenhill Special School which has three proposals for 78 residential units and 60-bed assisted living accommodation.
Alternatively developers want 110 residential units, or 80 residential units and a replacement school of 3,385 sq metres.
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