Controversial proposals to knock down a former Brains pub and build an eight storey block of flats and shops will go before Cardiff councillors later this week.
Landlord CPS Homes wants to knock down the former Rumpoles pub on Moira Terrace in Adamsdown, and build a block of 36 flats and two commercial units in its place.
The plans are due to go before Cardiff Council’s planning committee on Wednesday, but council officers have recommended that committee members refuse the plans because the proposals are “unneighbourly” and represent an “overdevelopment” of the site.
CPS Homes was previously granted planning permission to build a five-storey development on the same site, but has revised its proposals, and now wants to build an eight storey block containing 25 one-bedroom flats, 11 two-bedroom flats and two commercial units on the ground floor.
However, the plans have been subject to opposition from Adamsdown ward member Nigel Howells, and former ward member John Dixon. Both argue the proposals are an overdevelopment, that there is no open space or off-street parking provided, and there would be a loss of privacy for residents in nearby Adams Court, Newtown Court, and for Cardiff Prison.
Speaking to yourCardiff earlier this year, Coun Howells described the proposed development as a “huge monstrosity”.
A petition containing the signatures of 200 local residents has also been passed to the council, raising particular concern about the lack of on-site parking, which they say will significantly reduce their quality of life.
One person has contacted the council supporting the application, saying the city needs more developments that are six-12 stories tall with retail on the ground floor.
The planning report committee members will consider on Wednesday says that although a nine-storey building is set to be built on the nearby site of Adam Street fire station, that site is significantly larger than the Rumpoles plot.
It also says that the development would overshadow a significant area of the Adams Court communal garden for up to nine months of the year, creating an “overbearing impact” and “unneighbourly form of development”.
The report concludes that although the proposals do not give rise to any concerns about land use or transportation, it is an “insensitive overdevelopment” out of scale and character with its immediate surroundings.
The report adds: “It dwarfs the neighbouring residential development and will have a detrimental impact on the residential amenity of the Adams Court development.”