Historic Butetown church to be knocked down

February 9, 2012 1 Comment »


Bethel Baptist Church

Bethel Baptist Church in Butetown, which will now be knocked down after plans for a block of flats were approved by councillors.

A 100-year-old inner-city church in Cardiff is to be flattened to make way for a block of flats after councillors approved controversial plans yesterday.

Bethel Baptist Church, which backs onto the Sterling Works warehouse on Clarence Road, Butetown, dates back to 1912 but has remained empty in recent years.

Despite more than 40 letters of objection and 200 residents signing petitions against the proposal, the planning committee approved the application by a 6-5 majority.

Developers will now forge ahead with plans to build a four-storey apartment block containing 14 two-bed apartments and five single-bed flats, with seven car parking spaces.

In their recommendation to the planning committee, officers said the principle of its demolition was established through an outline consent granted in 2001.

Parking provision, meanwhile, is considered to have less of an impact on on-street parking than if the existing uses of the business site were reinstated.

But Butetown councillor Delme Greening said he had never seen such a strong reaction to a development in his ward.

A decision, meanwhile, on plans to build 249 student flats on an empty patch of land at Mynachdy Road, Gabalfa, was deferred for a site visit.

And a bid to turn the former Pontcanna Pine warehouse on King’s Road, Pontcanna, into a convenience store and eight flats was withdrawn at the last minute.

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  1. John February 10, 2012 at 9:30 am - Reply

    Disgusting! Okay, the church is being left to become derelict, but by introducing that number of flats, with so little parking, is a disgrace. I live in the next street and it is already a struggle to find anywhere to park, and this will only make it worse. What with the ridiculous'street-narrowing' works in the three streets that only further reduced the amount of parking spaces, this will move the situation to beyond critical.
    We already have a problem with non-registered 'foreign' cars parking where they will: I thought there was a time limit on being where before having to tax a vehicle? That seems to be ignored – as does their parking in residents only spaces! This is a step too far. There should be a clear policy of only allowing development where there is sufficient parking. This is a nonsense.

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