THE fabric of an inner city suburb is in danger of being damaged by new plans for another high rise development, according to a senior councillor.
Adamsdown councillor Nigel Howells last night described a proposed eight-storey block of flats on the site of a former Brains pub as a “huge monstrosity”.
CPS Homes has submitted revised plans to flatten the defunct Rumpoles pub in Moira Terrace to make way for a mixed-use development, with offices, a restaurant and a cafe on the ground floor.
It comes just five months after a planning application to build a smaller five-storey scheme on the site was approved by Cardiff council’s planing committee.
According to the new plans, the original scheme has not been able to proceed because it is not “economically viable”.
CPS homes consultant Barry James said increasing the number of apartments from 22 to 36 made the project “more viable”.
The estate agency currently has an asking price of £425,000 on the site and Mr James said the price tag would rise to about £475,000 if planning permission can be secured for the taller development.
He said the new proposals had been drawn up in light of the go-ahead being given to plans for an 11-storey student housing development on the nearby Adam Street fire station site.
The application says the eight-storey building would be “stepped back” from Moira Terrace and Adams Court flats to avoid overshadowing.
Coun Howells said: “It’s a huge monstrosity – virtually everyone we have spoken to is against it,” he said. “It’s a tiny site to have eight storeys, and to have 36 flats with no car parking is ridiculous.”