It was a busy month at Cardiff Council’s April planning committee yesterday – the last before local elections on May 3. Here’s a full round-up of all the applications, and the decisions made by the committee. We’ve also plotted them on the map above, with green markers showing what was approved, and red markers showing what was refused.
Vegetarian Food Studio, 115-117 Penarth Road
This popular restaurant was granted permission to change the use of 115-118 Penarth Road after an 18-month planning battle. Full story here.
Land at the back of Mynachdy Road, Mynachdy
Controversial plans for 249 student flats were narrowly passed by the committee. Full story here.
The Coal Exchange, Mount Stuart Square
Developers behind the revamp of Cardiff’s historic Coal Exchange were given another five years to get the project off the ground.
Cardiff-based firm Macob was given planning permission for a £20m regeneration of the Grade II* listed venue six years ago, but the plans were stalled by the recession.
The planning permission granted in 2006 expired last month, so Macob applied to Cardiff Council for a five-year extension on their application.
This was approved yesterday, giving hope that the revamp will eventually go ahead, but still with no indication of when it might get underway.
The planning permission allows Macob to transform the Coal Exchange into a mix of apartments, restaurants, shops and office space, as well as a fully-restored Exchange Hall and improvement work to Mount Stuart Square.
The building was reopened as a music venue in 2009, but there is no indication in the plans as to whether or not this use would continue.
It was also agreed at yesterday’s meeting that an earlier arrangement for Macob to contribute £100,000 towards social housing in the city was no longer possible in the current economy.
Councillors agreed that when the developer looks at all the costs to consider if the scheme is worth progressing, it can then make a decision on whether it can offer cash for social housing projects.
Memorial mausoleum, Pentwyn Farm, Lisvane
A 45ft-tall Muslim memorial tomb will not be built on land in Lisvane after councillors rejected the plans.
Lisvane resident Sajid Ghaffar had applied to Cardiff Council for planning permission to build a memorial mausoleum on land at Pentwyn Farm, Graig-Lwyn Road.
The mausoleum was to be in memory of his father Abdul, who died last year and is buried on the land.
Plans showed the tomb, known as a mizaar, would have stood 45ft (13.8m) tall – the height of three double-decker buses – and 44ft (13.5m) square.
But the proposals were opposed by Lisvane councillor David Walker and local residents who said the mausoleum would be “totally out-of-keeping” with the rural area.
Speaking before Cardiff Council’s planning committee yesterday, Edward Edwards, who lives opposite Pentwyn Farm, said: “We simply think this is an inappropriate development. We respect the right of Abdul Ghaffar’s family to do something in his memory, but the size of this development is inappropriate.”
Mr Edwards added there were also concerns the mausoleum might be used for further funeral remains, with many people coming to visit the site.
Planning officers had recommended the plans be refused on the grounds the development would cause “unacceptable harm” to the character and landscape of the area, and councillors voted to refuse planning permission.
4 Cowper Place, Roath
Plans to build a three-storey block of four flats on this street within the Wordsworth Avenue Conservation Area were approved by the committee.
They were passed despite objections raised by leader of the council and Plasnewydd ward member Rodney Berman, who said nearby residents were concerned it was an over-development of the conservation area, and parking issues.
161 Arabella Street and 159 Arabella Street, Roath
These two applications for ground floor extensions were also approved.
Coun Berman spoke again to highlight residents’ concerns about how densely populated Arabella Street is, and raised questions about how much more development the area could take, but the majority of the committee voted to grant the proposals.
38 Heol Don, Whitchurch
This application, to keep a ground-floor extension to a semi-detached house, was refused.
The applicant was given permission to build an extension to his home in July 2011, but when it was built, the architect and builder worked to slightly different plans and the finished building ended up longer and taller then the owner had permission for.
The householder asked to keep the larger extension earlier this year, but that was refused, so at yesterday’s meeting he asked for permission to amend the height of the building by 200m.
This was still not considered to be enough by committee members, who felt the applicant should amend the building to fit with the requirements of the original planning permission. The application was refused.
Installation of a temporary carousel next to the Pierhead Building in Cardiff Bay
Cardiff Council submitted this application for permission to put the carousel in Cardiff Bay on this site for another three years.
Butetown councillor Delme Greening spoke in support of the application, who said the carousel was a “wonderful feature” for the Bay, and the only bilingual example of its kind in the world.
The committee gave the application the go-ahead, on the condition the carousel is only sited there from May 1 to October 1 until October 2014.
Radyr Sidings, De Clare Drive, Radyr
Taylor Wimpey applied for permission to build nine more houses as part of the Radyr Sidings development on a site that was originally set aside for a health centre or library.
But under the legal agreement with the developer, if the council does not give notice to develop the site within two years, then it can be given up for residential development.
Radyr and Morganstown councillor Rod McKerlich objected to the plans, pointing out that the original planning permission for the Radyr Sidings development was for 350 houses, but proposals for 412 homes have now been approved.
He said: “This site has been vastly overdeveloped.”
Committee member Coun Gareth Aubrey said a new traffic survey should be carried out for the whole site, given the rise in the number of houses on it since the original was carried out.
But Coun Mike Jones-Pritchard said: “Which is the straw that breaks the camel’s back? There comes a point where ‘it’s only one extra’. We would have great difficulty in sustaining the grounds for refusal.”
The proposals were approved, with a condition that Taylor Wimpey contribute £15,600 towards the development of public open spaces. A large part of this will be used for improvements to Radyr Wood.
Land at the back of 33-34 Park Place, Cathays Park
This proposal to build a new four-storey block of eight flats with space for a café/restaurant on the ground floor was also approved.
The land, at the back of 33-34 Park Place at the corner of Museum Place and Park Lane is currently used as a car park and is in the Cathays Park Conservation Area.
Coun Gareth Aubrey said he was concerned that the modern design of the building was “not trying at all” to fit in with other buildings in the area, but Coun Mike Jones-Pritchard said different design characteristics in an area could compliment one another.
The plans were approved with conditions, and asked the applicants to contribute £11,020 to be spent on public open space improvements, and work to the Museum Place footway.
Former Highfields Centre for the elderly and disabled, 18 Allensbank Road, Heath
Cardiff Council was granted outline planning permission to turn the former Highfields Centre into a residential development of 27 houses and flats.
The plans are for a mixture of three and four bed terraced house, and three and four bed flats.
All the houses and ground floor flats would have gardens, and there would be a community play area, and 35 parking spaces.
Three options for the lay-out of the development have been drawn up, and will be decided at a later date.
The outline application was unanimously approved with conditions, including that at least 40 per cent of the homes will be affordable housing.
House of Sport, Clos Parc Morgannwg, Leckwith
Full planning permission was also granted for the second phase of the House of Sport development between the council, Cardiff City Football Club, and private developers in Leckwith.
This is the community element of the development, with an indoor sports hall, changing rooms, toilets, viewing gallery and community suite.
A car park with 44 spaces will also be built.
130-132 Bute Street, Butetown
Developers Loosemore Limited were given the go-ahead to build a five-storey block of flats at 130-132 Bute Street.
The applicant was granted permission to demolish the existing buildings on the site in Butetown to make way for a residential development of 43 apartments.
The plan was first given planning permission in 2008, when Loosemore also agreed to build three affordable houses, and contribute £31,675 towards the improvement of an open public space in the area.
But councillors were told the developer can no longer meet this obligation, and the committee unanimously agreed to allow the project to go ahead without these contributions, provided the building work is finished within 36 months.
Land to the west of Albert Street, Riverside
Outline planning permission was granted for a new apartment block to be built on a piece on derelict land to the west of Albert Street in Riverside.
TASK Partnership want to build a three-storey block of 16 one and two bedroom apartments on a site which was once housed the Canton and Riverside Services Building.
The plans were approved with conditions, including that the developers contribute £2,080 towards traffic surveys in the area, and £22,040 towards the design, improvement, or maintenance of a public open space in Riverside.
212-214 City Road, Roath
This application to change the use of a ground floor restaurant at 212-214 City Road from a hairdresser into a restaurant was refused.
Councillors agreed with planning officials that the proposals would add to the existing concentration of food and drink outlets on City Road, and increase problems with late-night anti-social-behaviour.
120 Albany Road, Roath
A proposal to keep 120 Albany Road as a restaurant was approved.
The committee imposed a condition that the restaurant must be closed to the public between 11pm and 10am.
1 Miskin Street, Cathays
The committee rejected an application to extend the opening hours of Chicken Cottage on Miskin Street from 11pm to 2.30am.
Councillors once again agreed with the reasons for refusal recommended by planning officers. These were that the extended opening hours would result in “unacceptable noise nuisance” for people living nearby.