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to turn the former Pontcanna Pine warehouse on King’s Road, Pontcanna, into a convenience store and eight flats was withdrawn at the last minute.