What do you think of Cardiff’s LDP?

October 26, 2012 3 Comments »

Cardiff councillors yesterday approved the council’s Local Development Plan (LDP) preferred strategy for consultation purposes, agreeing in principle to the development of 45,000 houses across Cardiff over the next 14 years.

It’s the biggest step forward in Cardiff’s development for decades, so we want to know what you think about what’s being planned for your city.

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  1. common sense October 26, 2012 at 12:33 pm - Reply

    If the council think the city can cope with 45,000 new homes and only minor infrastructure improvements then they are deluded and need to be sacked. Bus lanes and cycle routes will not help. People will always drive and cramped irregular busses will not persuade them otherwise, especially when commuting from the outer edges of the city. There are only 2 options available.

    1. Improve the road network of the city. Build new roads and complete existing unfinished dual carriagways like the a4232. This should have been completed years ago and the east of Cardiff suffers because the council decided a ramp to nowhere from the bute tunnel would be sufficient.

    2. Build a rail network of some kind to the east of Cardiff. If the council want people to leave their cars at home then a rail option is the only option. Not bus lanes!

  2. I.A Stuart October 26, 2012 at 12:54 pm - Reply

    The councillors voting in favour of this plan to ruin our lovely city need to rethink this.They will be in for lots of criticism and lobbying from their wards.If I find my councillors have voted in favour they have lost my vote no matter which political persuasion they are.

  3. David P October 26, 2012 at 4:15 pm - Reply

    General comment on the survey: these questions are very leading and will bias your results to the conclusions you wish to find. You should never ask "do you agree?". And you should always provide two sides of the story rather than just one side (see questions 2 and 3, in particular).

    Comment on the LDP:

    I actually welcome the LDP as an ambitious attempt to set out a strategy for development over the next 14 years. A lot of people have got very upset without really knowing the costs and benefits of the plans.

    For a start, the plans for greenfield development do not represent the creation of a "concrete jungle": the size of the expansions is fairly limited, and leaves untouched our most important green spaces within the city and around it (e.g. Caerphilly mountain, Garth Hill, around Pentyrch, around St Fagans). It also prevents the city merging with Newport or Lower RCT conurbations. If anything I worry that the scope for Brownfield development is much more limited than the plan requires. Where will we find room for 26,000 flats, townhouses etc on existing developed land? And how could that be achieved without massive increases in density in the already dense inner city areas.

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