St Fagans conservation area already ‘urbanised’, inquiry told

May 17, 2012 No Comments »
St Fagans conservation area already ‘urbanised’, inquiry told

A planning inquiry into a proposal to build scores of homes in one of Cardiff’s best-known rural areas has heard it already features a “considerable urban influence”.

Residents fear the development of 10 acres of land off Michaelston Road in St Fagans would ruin its historic character.

The site lies within the St Fagans conservation area. The plans, put forward by developer Charles Church, were refused planning permission last year on the grounds the development would break guidelines protecting the countryside, and detract from the visual appearance of the land.

At the second day of the inquiry at Cardiff County Hall yesterday, landscape architect Peter McComiskey finished giving his evidence under cross examination, in which he said the development would hinder the visual and sensory experiences of those who live in the area.

But developer’s representative Morag Ellis QC argued this was already affected by factors that are already in place.

She said: “There are already many residential developments in view. As well as this, there’s a level crossing that already affects the visual and sensory experience. There’s a considerable urban influence to be found.”

The hearing will continue for a third day today.

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