A decision on plans to demolish a Cardiff shop that has been home to the same family business for 100 years has been deferred for a site visit.
Cardiff Council’s planning committee had been due to make a decision this afternoon on proposals to demolish shoe shop AG Meek at 97-99 Albany Road in Roath.
The family owned business, which is celebrating its centenary year in 2012, was given notice of the termination of its lease in January, with developers Tudor Jenkins hoping to build a larger convenience store and three flats on the site.
But at the planning meeting this afternoon, Plasnewydd ward councillor Mary McGarry asked for the decision on the site’s future to be delayed so committee members could visit the area.
Coun McGarry said: “[AG Meek] is not listed or in a conservation area but it does have historic value. It has bullet marks in the wall from the Second World War. To knock it down and rebuild it would change the whole terrain, and it would disrupt Albany Road to demolish it.”
Coun McGarry also drew attention to a petition signed by 282 people objecting to the redevelopment, including Cardiff Central AM Jenny Rathbone.
She added: “There is a strength of feeling that people do not want to lose another traditional shop and do not want another food outlet.”
She said she was also concerned about a lack of light to the proposed flats at the back.
But speaking on behalf of Tudor Jenkins, Afron Hughes told the committee the development represented an investment in Albany Road, and that while the identity of a retailer such as AG Meek was an “emotive subject”, it was not something the planning system was allowed to take note of.
Mr Hughes added: “AG Meek has already signed a lease to vacate the unit and leave in September, regardless of the decision today.”
David Meek, of AG Meek, said he did not wish to comment at this stage when approached by yourCardiff this afternoon.
Committee members approved Coun McGarry’s request for a site visit, which will be held on July 4. A final decision will be taken at a committee meeting following this visit.
See reaction to the proposals for AG Meek’s demolition in our Storify below.