It was a fairly quiet month at Cardiff Council’s planning committee, but decisions made today included the green light for a new care home for people with dementia in Whitchurch, and the final details of the first office block to be built on the Callaghan Square enterprise zone were signed off.
We’ve mapped all the decisions taken by the committee, and described them in more detail below.
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60-72 Beechley Drive, Pentrebane
An application from Cadwyn Housing Association to redevelop the “upper shops” local shopping centre at Beechley Drive by demolishing a three-storey block of retail units and maisonettes, and replacing it with 13 homes and four commercial units was approved by the committee. Officers told the council that only two of the seven shops on the site are occupied at the moment, and the centre has been in decline for a number of years. The plans are for four new shops, and 13 houses including a one bed home with full disabled facilities, 11 two-bedroom houses and one three-bedroom home. The plans were approved, but chairman of the planning committee Michael Michael said he thought the scheme missed the opportunity to provide people in Pentrebane with much-needed facilities such as doctors, dentists and a post office. Cadwyn Housing Association will have to pay £2,080 towards traffic orders, and £1,000 towards tree maintenance.
220-221 King George V Drive East, Heath
Silver Crescent Estates Limited’s application to extend and covert two houses into nine flats with eight car parking spaces was approved, despite objections from local residents. Heath ward member Fenella Bowden told the committee residents on King George V Drive East were “considerably distressed” by the proposal, because it was a “huge development” for the area and out of keeping with the rest of the residential street. She added that turning the two-three bedroom semi-detached houses into flats would restrict their return to family accommodation in future. Committee member Lyn Hudson also raised concerns over parking and extra traffic given the site’s location near to the University Hospital of Wales, but the plans were approved by seven votes to one.
44 Sandrigham Road, Roath
Penylan ward member Bill Kelloway spoke before the committee to raise residents concerns about an application to extend and convert this house on Sandringham Road into two one-bedroom flats. The house is within the Roath Mill Gardens Conservation Area, and Coun Kelloway said it formed part of a terrace where the houses do not have second storey extensions at the back, and the design of the conversion would impact on the integrity of the terrace’s original design. There have also been objections from local MP Jenny Willott and AM Jenny Rathbone who said granting the application could set a precedent for other similar developments in the area. A decision on the plans was deferred for a site visit.
Old Vaughans Laundry, Andrews Road, Llandaff North
Bellway Homes Limited’s application to vary the conditions of the planning permission it has for this site, from no more than 15 houses and 60 flats, to no more than 32 houses were approved.
Heol Don Resource Centre for the Elderly, Heol Don, Whitchurch
The committee voted unanimously to approve plans from Bupa Care Homes Ltd to build a 78-bed residential nursing home for people with dementia on the site of a former council resource centre, which was demolished in 2010.
Plot E04, Callaghan Square, Butetown, Cardiff
MEPC Cardiff Investments Limited was given the green light for the final details of its plans to build a 10,769 square metre office building in Callaghan Square, including design, layout and materials. It is expected that solicitors’ firm Hugh James will move into the building, but there are still questions over the plans following suggestions Cardiff Council may be looking to relocate their HQ to the site.
22 Park Place, Cathays Park
This was an application to change the use of a vacant office building to a five bedroom house. The building is in the Northern Professional Office Area, the Cathays Park Area, and the Windsor Place Conservation Area. The application was not dealt with within the legal time limit for planning applications so the developer has lodged a default appeal, but councillors said they would have voted to refuse it.
Winter Wonderland, City Hall Lawns, Gorsedd Gardens Road
City planners will investigate whether construction of Cardiff’s Winter Wonderland can be delayed in future years to minimise disruption to November’s Remembrance Parade.
Committee members asked officers to look at whether construction on the lawns of City Hall – which this year started on November 1 – could be delayed in 2013 so that building materials are not on the site when Remembrance events take place.
The committee heard that councillors had requested a delay this year, but the authority’s own events team told them this had not been possible because it would not have left enough time to get the popular attraction ready to open on November 22.
However, Councillor Adrian Robson said that the march past City Hall on Remembrance Sunday was ” the centre piece for Remembrance services in Wales”.
He added: “We are going to have all sorts of scaffolding, fencing, and disruption to the lovely garden outside the building.
“I would urge us to see if we can start in future years the construction of Winter Wonderland once Remembrance Sunday is out of the way.”
Committee chairman Coun Michael Michael, said this would not be possible on Winter Wonderland’s current time frame, which sees it open for six weeks from mid November, but it might be possible if the events team would agree to open and close two weeks later in future.
The committee also heard that although the council’s events team had looked at alternative sites for Winter Wonderland – including Cardiff Castle, Coopers Field, and Roald Dahl Plas – none were suitable.
It will consider the matter again next year.
This year’s Winter Wonderland, featuring an ice rink, two merry-go-rounds, a helter skelter, snow slide, children’s train and 60m “swinging seat” ride, is set to open to the public on November 22.
33 Minny Street, Cathays
An application to build a two-storey extension and change the use of 33 Minny Street to an eight-bedroom house to be used for multiple occupation was refused because it would exacerbate the concentration of shared houses already in the area.
55 Flora Street, Cathays
This application, also for a two storey extension and change of use of into an eight-bedroom house for multiple occupation, was also refused because of the concentration of shared houses already in the area.
70 Mill Road, Ely
Liver Homes was granted permission to build a three-storey residential development of 11, one-bedroom apartments on a vacant site, with eight car parking spaces at the back of the building.