A revised plan to bring a supermarket to an affluent Cardiff suburb has sparked renewed anger among residents living in the area.
Developer Chris Voyle, who initially submitted proposals to build ten flats on the site of the former Pontcanna Pine warehouse in King’s Road, Canton, amended his plans last August.
A new application to Cardiff Council requested permission to open a 2,600sqm ground-floor shop at the site below a reduced number of flats.
But the proposals were recommended for rejection by council officers in February following stern opposition from residents and retailers who signed a petition which attracted more than 2,500 signatures.
Now, they have been forced into action again after the developer renewed its submission for the second time, which could see a Co-operative food store open on the site.
Residents and shopkeepers are set to hold a meeting tonight at St Catherine’s Church Hall, Kings Road, to discuss ways to further their campaign following concerns a supermarket in the area could “exacerbate” traffic problems and hurt independent retailers.
Local councillor Iona Gordon is backing the campaign in her constituency.
She said: “I think it’s appalling. There are more than 300 people employed in the area who work for well established businesses.
“It will attract more people to Pontcanna in their cars, even if they live close by, which will cause more traffic in the area.
“We are already provided for very well and do not need change.”
Sian Morgan, managing director of the 56-year-old family-run off-licence, Philip Morgan & Son, based in nearby Wyndham Crescent, believes it would be the death knell for a number of shops.
The 55-year-old added: “As the manager of a long-established and respected business within the community, I am personally very concerned about this application.
“If a supermarket opened in the area I might as well close my doors for good.
“I speak to the general public an awful lot and the general reaction I get is that people do not want the area to change. They want the area to remain open for small local business.”