Planning round-up: December 2012

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Windsor House, Windsor Lane

Nottinghamshire County Council was granted planning permission to turn offices in Windsor House into 22 student flats, containing 177 bedrooms. The plans were due to go before the planning committee back in November, with officers recommending that they be refused, but the item was deferred last month at the request of the applicant. This month officers had recommended the plans for approval, after Nottinghamshire County Council sent in further information which said the amount of high quality office space in Cardiff was likely to increase over the next five-seven years as a result of the proposed Cardiff Enterprise Zone. They argued that this meant there would be an “oversupply” of lower quality offices elsewhere in the city. The council’s economic development department agreed, saying that in light of this the council needed to be more flexible in changing the use of existing office buildings. Nottinghamshire County Council also argued that Windsor House’s current tenants were all renting at below the market rate, and many were short term tenancies. It added that student accommodation in this location would relive the pressure on demand for shared houses in Cathays and Roath. As part of the terms of the planning permission, the applicant will have to pay £93,775 towards the provision of open space, and £5,000 towards air quality monitoring.

44 Sandrigham Road, Roath

This was an application to convert an end-of-terrace two-bedroom house in the Roath Mill Gardens Conservation Area into two one-bedroom flats. Objections to the development were raised on behalf of residents by local ward member Bill Kelloway, MP Jenny Willott, and AM Jenny Rathbone. Residents said the proposed extension would block out light and create an “eye sore” detrimental to the whole area, and set a “dangerous precedent” for large extensions to properties in the future. They also argued that applications for roof light windows in the area had been rejected because of its conservation status, and yet the plans for 44 Sandringham Road were recommended for approval. The applicant argued that many properties in the area had first and ground floor extensions, but members of the committee said they too had concerns about the proposed development’s impact on the conservation status. Committee member Sue Lent said: “As councillors we find it quite difficult to justify an application like this going ahead when it has such a major impact on the conservation area, when at the same time we are having to explain to people why they can’t have a window in a loft extension. I’m not happy to support it at all.” The committee voted to defer a decision on the application so reasons for refusal could be drafted.

Former Pontcanna Pine, 200 King’s Road, Pontcanna

Plans to turn the former Pontcanna Pine warehouse into a convenience store with eight flats above were unanimously rejected by the committee. See more details here.

Penhill Bowling Club, Pencisely Road, Canton

Waterstone Homes Ltd was granted permission to demolish the pavilion at Penhill Bowling Club and build eight houses on the site, despite objections from some local residents. Canton ward councillor Richard Cook told the committee that people living nearby objected on the grounds of the height of the proposed houses, their closeness to the pavement, and the loss of the leisure facilities at the bowling green. However, committee member Iona Gordon pointed out that Penhill was a private bowling club, so the development would not constitute the loss of public open space. The proposals were unanimously granted. The developer will build two sets of three-four bedroom semi-detached houses, and four detached five-bedroom homes. As part of the planning agreement, they must pay £23,196 towards the provision of public open space, and £6,000 to improve the bowling faciltiies at either Llandaff Fields of Victoria Park.

11 Crwys Road, Roath

A decision on proposals to convert a commercial unit into seven flats was deferred for a site visit at the request of Plasnewydd ward councillor Mary McGarry, who said she wanted councillors to see how parking would be affected.

Bute East Dock, Hemingway Road, Atlantic Wharf

Plans from Cardiff Bay Wakeboarding to open at wakeboard and water-skiing park at Bute East Dock were deferred for a site visit at the request of committee member Adrian Robson, who said he wanted to see where the landing dock would be and the height of the cable over the pavement.

Rocky Bank, Garth Hil, Gwaelod-y-Garth

An application for permission to keep a wooden garden shed/summerhouse at the back of Rocky Bank, build a two metre high wooden fence, and extend and re-roof an existing wood store were approved by the committee.

Phase 2, Cardiff Gate Retail Park, Dering Road, Pontprennau

Cardiff Gate Pradera Ltd was granted permission to develop new retail units totalling 2,614 square metres, including a 1,504 square metre gym, at the Cardiff Gate Retail Park.

Cardiff Arms Hotel, 63-65 Railway Street, Splott

The committee unanimously approved proposals to redevelop the former Cardiff Arms Hotel into six one-bedroom flats and three two-bedroom flats over three floors. As part of the conditions of the planning permission, the developer must pay £12,397 towards the provision of open space in the area.

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