Planning round-up: October 2012

October 11, 2012 No Comments »

Here is our round-up of all the decisions that were made by Cardiff Council’s planning committee yesterday. The outcome of each application is also mapped above.

Unit 1A, Llantrisant Road Retail Park, Llantrisant Road, Fairwater

This was an application to divide a unit on the retail park, creating unit 1A and using it as a restaurant or takeaway. Fairwater ward member Councillor Paul Mitchell said he shared the concerns of local residents that approving the application could set a precedent for further similar businesses on the site, and that it would be detrimental to parking, traffic, litter and noise nuisance in the area. But committee member Coun Adrian Robson said he thought the unit was an adequate distance away from nearby properties, and that an acoustic fence would have some effect. The application was granted, subject to conditions.

Vision 21 Ltd, Unit 17, Community Centre, Bwlch Road, Fairwater

Vision 21 – a charity offering vocational training for people with disabilities – submitted an application for full planning permission for a “modular building” in the car park of the community centre on Bwlch Road. The building will be used to provide education and training for people with learning difficulties. Fairwater ward member Lisa Ford said residents in neighbouring Wellright Road were concerned that the plans could lead to increased antisocial behaviour, loss of light, and parking problems. A petition containing 52 signatures also objected to the plans on the grounds that there would be increased noise from the new building, more traffic, and some houses will have their gardens overlooked. But committee member Coun Iona Gordon said that while she understood the residents’ concerns, the new development would add to the facilities at the community centre. The application was unanimously approved.

Land next to 20 Windsor Esplanade, Cardiff Bay

Plans to build a semi-deatched, four-storey town house on land next to 20 Windsor Explanade were rejected by the committee. The proposal to build the house on land bordered by the Cardiff Bay Wetlands Reserve and the Grade II listed Windsor Esplanade was opposed by local residents, who told the committee the house would be out of keeping with the old and new buildings in the area. There were also concerns about the overshadowing of public space on Windsor Esplanade, and it was argued that it was an overdevelopment on a constrained site. Chairman of the committee Coun Michael Michael said the proposed house was “in the wrong place and in the wrong shape”, and the application was refused.

Land next to 3 Pendwyallt Road, Whitchurch

This was an application for full planning permission to build two semi-detached, three-bedroom houses on land next to 3 Pendwyallt Road. The plans were refused by the committee because the scheme did not provide any outdoor amenity space for future residents that would not be overshadowed or overlooked by nearby properties.

1 Fordwell, Llandaff

The committee had previously deferred this application so a site visit could take place. The application was seeking planning permission for works including a first floor extension, an off road parking area, outbuilding, new windows and doors and enclosures around the garden at a house within the Llandaff Conservation Area. Llandaff ward councillor Kirsty Davies told the committee that this part of Llandaff was only added to the conservation area in 2007, and to alter the street scene already seemed “rather bizarre”. However, committee members said the houses were not in the same style as others in the conservation area, and the plans were approved with conditions.

St Winefrides Nursing Home, 24 Romilly Crescent, Pontcanna

Loosemore Commercial Ltd had applied for permission to build an extra storey on to block B of St Winefrides Nursing home, creating room for one new apartment. Prior to yesterday’s meeting, the agent for the developer lodged an appeal because the planning committee had not made a decision on the application within the set time limit. But the committee decided that it had to consider what decision is would have made. Speaking before the committee, Riverside councillor Phil Hawkins pointed out that similar schemes proposed for the site had already been rejected by the planning committee three times, and that the additional storey was out of keeping with the existing building. Coun Iona Gordon, who withdrew from the committee for this application to speak as a ward member, agreed that the additional storey would be “overbearing”. The committee agreed that it would have refused the application had the appeal not been submitted.

5 Cardiff Road, Llandaff

This was a retrospective planning application seeking permission for two rear dormer roof extensions at 5 Cardiff Road, Llandaff. The plans were rejected on the grounds that the dormer windows represented an “incongruous feature” and do not preserve or enhance the Llandaff Conservation area. They also authorised enforcement of the revoked planning permission.

25 Westgate Street

Plans to open a bar and restaurant in the former Glamorgan County Council Staff Club on Cardiff’s Westgate Street were finally given the go ahead after months of negotiations over its proposed closing time. See the full story here.

Block T, Prospect Place, Ferry Road, Grangetown

Bellway Homes Wales and West were granted full planning permission to make alternations to Block T of the Prospect Place development. The alterations would increase the size of 10 flats from one bedroom to two bedrooms, provide 20 new car parking spaces and 36 new cycle parking spaces.

Land to the west of Equinox, Colchester Avenue, Penylan

Plans from developer Taylor Wimpey to turn a vacant site on land on Colchester Avenue into 14 residential flats, with a cycle store and bin store, were unanimously approved by the committee.

Plot EO4, Callaghan Square

MEPC Cardiff Investments Limited’s application to confirm the final details of its plans to build a 10,769 square metre office building in Callaghan Square were deferred for a site visit.

Site of the former police station, Dorset Street, Grangetown

Plans to build three homes on the site of the former police station on Dorset Street were unanimously rejected by the committee on the grounds that the proposal did not provide future occupiers with a reasonable standard of external amenity space.

Custom House, Customhouse Street

Proposals from SWM Developments Ltd for the partial demolition of Custom House and the total demolition of the York Hotel to make way for a three-four storey office building were approved. Read the full story here.

Princes Soft Drinks, Unit 68-69 and 72 Portmanmoor Road Industrial Estate, Portmanmoor Road, Splott

Princes Limited was granted permission to redevelop its soft drinks operation in Portmanmoor Road, with a new product warehouse, cold store, chilled store, production line space, raw materials and new office block. Chairman of the planning committee Coun Michael Michael welcomed the additional 40 jobs that would be created by the expansion “in these hard times”.

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