Councillors set to reject Pontcanna Co-op plans

December 4, 2012 No Comments »

Plans for a new convenience store and flats in the former Pontcanna Pine warehouse on King’s Road are recommended for refusal.

Controversial plans to open a convenience store in Pontcanna are likely to be thrown out tomorrow.

Cardiff Council planning officers have recommended a bid to transform the former Pontcanna Pine site, now called The Dairy, on King’s Road, Pontcanna, into a shop and flats be refused.

It is the latest twist in the long-running saga over the future of the former dairy, which has been the subject of a vocal campaign of opposition by some residents.

In October, yourCardiff reported that a revised planning application had been submitted by developer Chris Voyle which stated a Co-op food store would open on the site.

But at a public meeting, a representative of the Co-op told residents that it had no intention of opening a supermarket at Pontcanna Pine.

A spokeswoman for the Co-op yesterday confirmed its position had not changed. Attempts to contact Mr Voyle for comment were unsuccessful.

A 2,419-strong petition was submitted earlier this year, along with 169 letters against the proposal and objections from Cardiff West’s AM and MP, Mark Drakeford and Kevin Brennan.

Concerns included increased traffic congestion and parking problems, negative impact on local independent shops and increased noise and litter.

Riverside’s Labour councillor Iona Gordon, who also objected, said: “We will be trying to persuade the planning committee to follow the officers’ recommendations.

“We don’t want the traffic congestion, road rage and the parking situation – which is already dreadful – made worse by a mini-supermarket.

“It would also impact in a very bad way on local businesses which residents really like and support.

“We are not anti-development at all. Ideally, most people would like to see a nice terrace of townhouses. There is a very big demand for family housing in that area.”

Council planning officers have recommended councillors turn down the application on the following grounds:

  • Failure to demonstrate how parking for the shop would not exacerbate parking pressures and congestion;
  • Failure to secure provision of safe and convenient movement of pedestrians and cyclists; negative impact of service and delivery vehicles associated with the shop.
  • Over-development of the site.

Planning permission for 14 apartments on the site was granted in July 2010.

New plans were submitted last year to reduce the number of flats to eight, with a 2,019sq ft ground-floor shop.

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