Cardiff’s LDP debated at Creigiau public meeting

November 8, 2012 No Comments »

Cardiff Council’s LDP Preferred Strategy proposes building around 3,000 homes built greenfield land south of Creigau.

Cardiff’s Local Development Plan (LDP) has come under the spotlight at a meeting of Creigiau residents.

The LDP Preferred Strategy, adopted by Cardiff council last month, will see about 3,000 homes built on greenfield land south of the village.

It is part of a plan for 45,400 new homes, which the council says are needed as its predicted the city’s population will swell by 26% to 408,000 by 2026.

More than 100 people attended the meeting at Creigiau Church Hall, which was chaired by Councillor Wynford Elis Owen on Friday evening, with concerns about infrastructure and travel plans.

Councillor Elis Owen said: “Our main bone of contention is with some of the statistics around which this massive build is based.

“It’s unrealistic, far over the top and we believe unachievable.

“People are really concerned about infrastructure not being in place and at least 20 minutes being added to their journey going back and forth to work.”

The meeting was addressed by the former Lord Mayor Delme Bowen and the leader of Plaid Cymru on Cardiff council, Councillor Neil McEvoy. But Coun Elis Owen said the meeting let people from Creigiau discuss the proposed plans.

“The whole community is coming together,” he said.

“We’re losing a wonderful resource as a Welsh speaking village with a heritage going back centuries will be lost.”

An action group, which will engage with residents in Pentyrch and Gwaelod-Y-Garth, was formed at the meeting and there were plans to get enough signatures on a petition to force a debate at the National Assembly.

Coun Elis Owen suggested landfill sites were more appropriate locations for the new development and said the meeting was only the beginning of the village’s campaign against the proposals.

Coun Ralph Cook, Cabinet member for planning, said the land around Creigiau was vulnerable to “development by appeal” as long as the city remained without an LDP.

He said: “Development applications that pay little regard to the wider strategic needs of the city could be perceived as very disadvantaging to the city and its region.

“Putting in place a sound LDP is required to ensure that any future development on greenfield land around Creigiau is appropriate and contributes to the sustainable development of the village.”

Coun Cook added: “The proposed development area avoids the strategically important hills to the north east of the village and occupies lower land between the village and the motorway.

“It is noted that the village of Criegiau has experienced numerous expansions over the years and the current proposals help contribute to the overall range and choice of housing and employment opportunities across the city.”

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