Pontcanna Pine convenience store plans thrown out

December 5, 2012 No Comments »

The former Pontcanna Pine warehouse, on King’s Road, where developer Chris Voyle wanted to open a convenience store.

Residents in Pontcanna are celebrating this evening after controversial proposals to open a convenience store in King’s Road were thrown out by councillors.

Cardiff Council’s planning committee unanimously rejected a bid to turn the former Pontcanna Pine site, now called The Dairy, into a convenience store with eight flats overhead.

But the plans, submitted by developer Chris Voyle, were hotly opposed by a large number of Pontcanna residents, with concerns that a new convenience store would cause increased congestion and parking problems, have a negative impact on local independent shops, and cause an increase in noise and litter.

A petition containing 2,419 signatures was submitted to the council earlier this year, along with 169 letters of objection from residents.

Representations against the development were also sent in from Cardiff West AM Mark Drakeford, the area’s MP Kevin Brennan, local ward members, and the Cathedral and Conway Road Area Conservation Group.

At this afternoon”s planning meeting, Riverside councillor Phil Hawkins told committee members of the “enormous local opposition” to the scheme, saying there were serious concerns about the already-difficult parking situation in King’s Road and its surrounding streets.

He said: “You need to know that Severn Grove, because of parking on both sides of the road, is effectively a single carriageway and cars coming up and down there have to find spaces wherever it is possible to pass and this development is right on the corner of there.

“[Residents] understand development is going to take place in terms of flats, but it’s the retail store that is the big issue. It will create noise and disturbance in the area until 11pm, and Pontcanna has unique retail shops which are all locally owned. This will have a major impact.”

Committee member Councillor Gareth Aubrey described the potential impact of the development on parking in the area as “apocalyptic”, while Coun Chris Lomax said delivery vehicles would also cause problems.

The committee voted unanimously to reject the plans because of the developer’s failure to demonstrate how parking for the shop would not exacerbate parking pressures and congestion, and a failure to secure measures for the safe and convenient movement of pedestrians and cyclists.

Other reasons included the negative impact of service and delivery vehicles associated with the shop, and the over-development of the site.

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

Also at this afternoon’s planning committee meeting:

  • A decision on proposals to open a wakeboard and waterski park on East Bute Dock, Atlantic Wharf, was deferred for a site visit at the request of committee member Counc Adrian Robson.
  • Plans to demolish Penhill Bowling Club on Pencisely Road and build eight houses on the site were approved with conditions.
  • An application to convert the former Cardiff Arms Hotel on Railway Street in Splott into nine apartments was granted.
  • Proposals from Nottinghamshire County Council to change the use of Windsor House, Windsor Lane, from offices into 22 student flats were approved.

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