Wales’ biggest entertainment arena has objected to plans by one of the country’s largest companies to build its new headquarters on neighbouring land.
Motorpoint Arena Cardiff, on Mary Ann Street, has objected to a planning application submitted by the motor insurance giant Admiral.
The firm wants the 12-storey office block, which will feature ground floor shops and restaurants, to rise up on vacant land at Bridge Street, opposite Cineworld.
The site was formerly the NCP car park and is currently used as a temporary landscaped park that leads to the St Davids shopping centre entrance.
If approved by Cardiff council’s planning committee on Wednesday, the new 220,000 sq ft HQ – able to accommodate 3,000 staff – will open in early 2014.
Motorpoint Arena Cardiff, formerly the CIA, will be one of Admiral’s nearest neighbours.
It has objected on the grounds that the massive office development will increase congestion, lead to a loss of open space and overshadow the arena’s administrative offices.
A report prepared for councillors states more representations would be made once details of the application are known.
Attempts to contact the arena for a comment yesterday were unsuccessful.
Another objector is Cardiff property developer Ivor Holdings Limited, which wants to build an 18-storey block of flats on the site of the Traders Tavern at the corner of Churchill Way and Bridge Street.
Ivor Holdings Limited objects on the grounds that the proposed Admiral HQ will be an “overbearing building” with no public realm.
The firm claims it will compromise its own development, “overshadowing and overlooking” future residents. It also states outline consent was limited to a five-storey building.
Derek Rapport, of Ivor Holdings Limited, did not respond to requests for a comment yesterday.
Despite the objections, the council’s planning officers have recommended the scheme for approval, subject to the signing of a Section 106 funding agreement.
Officers said it would create jobs and bring significant economy benefits to the city centre. They also said its design and impact on the skyline – as well the impact on neighbouring developments – was “acceptable”.
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