AG Meek decision delayed for site visit

June 13, 2012 4 Comments »

AG Meek in 1912, left, and today, right.

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.

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4 Comments

  1. Sue Tibbits June 13, 2012 at 7:10 pm - Reply

    Come on Cardiff! Do the right thing and show a bit of solidarity to known and trusted traders who give a sense of continuity to the people of Roath and pride in the fact that Albany Road has its own distinct character and isn't the same as every where else.

  2. @hintofsarcasm June 14, 2012 at 8:02 pm - Reply

    "Bullet marks in the wall from World War II? I know the houses behind were destroyed when a bomb fell on them (hence the difference in style from the rest of the street), but bullet marks? Surely this is mis-information…

    • David Meek June 16, 2012 at 12:31 pm - Reply

      Not Bullet marks but shapnel marks from the bomb

  3. K.Griffin July 2, 2012 at 9:08 pm - Reply

    I am fighting for this building to be under a 'stand alone' conservation order. It is not just the shapnel marks, but the whole frontage which is still the original shop front. I would like any imput on this. so to strenghten the saving of this building. It is the only shop front in Albany Road that boast it's original features

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