Planning round-up: July 2012

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It was a busy afternoon at Cardiff Council’s planning committee yesterday. Here are the decisions on all the applications that were considered. They are also mapped above.

96-102 Clifton Street. Adamsdown

This planning application asked for permission to covert the first floor of a commercial building into ten flats. The scheme already had planning permission, and four flats have already been completed, but the developer wanted to make alterations to the lay-out of the approved scheme for the remaining six flats. Adamsdown ward councillor Nigel Howells asked the planning committee to defer its decision until after a site visit, raising concerns about parking, traffic and the lay-out of the building’s ground floor. He said: “Clifton Street has had significant regeneration of its shops fronts. What’s proposed there is not in keeping with the look and feel of what was significant regeneration”. But planning officers told the committee that with respect to the parking issue, there was nothing different in this scheme to the one previously approved, and the committee voted against the call for a site visit. It then approced the new application.

27 Rhigos Gardens, Cathays

A decision on plans to convert an end-of-terrace house in Rhigos Gardens into four flats – including a ground floor extension – was deferred for a site visit at the request of Cathays ward councillors Elizabeth Clark and Sam Knight. Coun Clark said the site visit was necessary for committee members to gain an understanding of the impact of the development on the nearby area. Coun Knight said they would like the committee to be able to see the scale of the extension in comparison to the size of the house’s garden, and the area’s parking problems.

97-99 Albany Road and 1A Angus Street

The controversial proposal to demolish 97-99 Albany Road, which houses shoe shop AG Meek and flats above, plus a detached two storey workshop at 1A Angus Street was approved with conditions. Read the full story here.

3 Cranbourne Way, Pontprennau

This application asked for permission to keep a two-storey extension which was built 300mm wider than the applicant had permission for. Pontprennau ward councillor Diane Rees called for the retrospective application to be rejected because it had had an “unacceptable impact” on residents. Committee member Coun Adrian Robson said that following a site visit, he agreed the extension was overbearing on a neighbouring property. He said: “There are those that say 30cm are not a lot, but in this particular instance I think it’s noticable. I’m uncomfortable with the situation and would like to see it rectified.” Coun Robson proposed deferring a decision on the application so reasons for refusal could be drawn up. But chairman of the committee, Coun Michael Michael, said that if the application was refused on the basis of 300mm, it could create problems for the committee in the future. He said: “What are we going to decide is a minimum or maximum? We’re saying that what we decide on that piece of paper is what we permit and nothing else. We could find ourselves in a sticky wicket here.”. Coun Robson’s motion to defer a decision on the application was rejected, and the application was granted with six councillors voting in favour and three against.

Land at 17 Ael-y-Bryn, Radyr

Plans for a three bedroom house on land at 17 Ael-y-Bryn in Radyr were deferred by the committee so officers can draft reasons for refusal. The vote came after Radyr ward member Coun Rod McKerlich told the committee that the development would be built at the top of a steep slope, overlooking nearby houses, leading to a loss of privacy. He also pointed out that similar proposals in the area have previously been refused.

Former dairy site and former Amante car show room, Newport Road, Penylan

Proposals to build a new Morrisons supermarket, petrol station and 348-space car park were approved by the committee, creating an estimated 300 jobs in the east of the city. Read the full story here.

St Peters RFC, Minister Road, Roath

This application from St Peters RFC to to vary its opening hours from 9am-9pm seven days a week, to 9am-10pm Monday-Thursday, and 9am-11pm Friday and Saturday, and 9am-10.30pm on Sunday was unanimously approved by the committee.

Former Ty Gwyn Special School, Ty-Gwyn Road, Penylan

Bellway Homes Ltd applied was seeking approval of the final details of its development of 23 three, four and five bedroom homes on land formerly occupied by Ty Gwyn Special School, including parking, highways and landscaping. The school buildings have already been demolished. The reserved matters were unanimously approved.

Part of land at Schooner Way, Atlantic Wharf

Developers Junction Canal Ltd applied for permission to build a new day nursery and café on an area of vacant land on Schooner Way, next to Bute East Dock. The creche would cater for up to 66 toddlers and pre-school children, and employ 13 staff. The proposals were approved with conditions.

Capital Retail Park, Leckwith Road

This was an application from the Capital Retail Park Partnership for an Outfit to open in the building vacated by Next at the retail park. The application was unanimously approved.

University of Wales Institute Cardiff Llandaff Campus, 200 Western Avenue, Llandaff

The university’s proposal to demolish B Block on the Llandaff campus to make way for a new building housing the Cardiff School of Art and Design, which is currently based in Howard Gardens, was approved by the committee. The school would relocate to the new building, which would contain four storeys of art and design studios. 78 parking spaces on the current site would be moved elsewhere on the campus. The development will see the removal of 25 trees – something the Llandaff Conservation Group was opposed to. However, planning officers said that the trees shouls not be considered a “significant constraint” to development. The university has agreed to put £67,600 towards the monitoring of on-street parking around the campus, the introducition of traffic regulation orders, and bollards to stop cars from the university parking on grass verges in nearby residential areas. The plans were approved, and the university was also given conservation area consent for the scheme.

Land off May Street, Cathays

This proposal to build six, five-bedroom flats for students on an empty plot off May Street was unanimously approved. The developer, Terence Holmes, must contribute £12,300 towards the improvement of community facilities in the area, £5,720 towards imporvements to the lane at the back of the property including more street lighting, and £11,920 towards open-space provision elsewhere in the city.

10 Towy Road, Llanishen

This application for a two-storey extension to the front and side of 10 Towy Road was withdrawn before the meeting.

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