Campaigners objecting to Cardiff Council’s local development plan (LDP) preferred strategy have accused city councillors of “building castles in the air” as they handed over a petition signed by more than 1,000 people.
The LDP preferred strategy adopted by Cardiff Council in October proposes building 45,400 homes across Cardiff by 2026, with 2,750 of these across two pieces of greenfield land to the south of Creigiau.
But Creigiau residents are strongly opposed to the plans, with concerns over the impact on the village’s infrastructure and Welsh speaking community, and a Save Creigiau campaign group has now collected more than 1,100 signatures against the proposed development.
Creigiau and St Fagans ward member, Councillor Graham Thomas, presented the petition at a meeting of the full council this afternoon, and campaigners were present outside County Hall prior to the meeting with placards carrying the “Save Creigiau” message.
Presenting the petition, Coun Thomas said the proposals would lead to Creigiau trebling in size, adding that people in the village felt the plans were based on unrealistic population growth predictions, and would destroy the area’s rural heritage.
“There are over 1,000 signatures here, which represents nearly every household in the community,” he said.
Outside County Hall, chairman of Pentyrch community council Wynford Ellis Owen highlighted concerns about the impact the proposed development would have on the Welsh language in the village – particularly in light of the census figures out this week which showed a drop in the percentage of Welsh speakers in Wales over the last 10 years. He said the plans would “destroy communities”, and place significant pressure on the area’s roads.
He added: “I am afraid there are many ways to stupefy ourselves. Some do it with alcohol, some do it with drugs. I believe the county councillors in Cardiff, some of them, are drunk on the LDP, building castles in the air, and if they’re not careful they are in danger of moving in and trying to live in them.”
David Charlton, 64, has lived in Creigiau for 26 years, and said he did not believe the plans had been properly thought through.
He said: “We understand houses have to built but we do not think they have put a lot of thought into the finer details of the plan and where the houses should go. Creigiau would no longer be a village. It would lose a lot of character, and we are concerned there would not be sufficient infrastructure to support all those extra households.
“The other concern is if there’s going to be a link to Junction 33.”
Sue Adams, 62, has been in the village for 36 years. She said there were fears that the road transport network in the village would not be able to cope, and that the local school had been “bulging at the seams for 20 years”.
Her husband Malcolm, 66, added: “We’re also concerned about problems with drainage. You cover Creigiau with concrete and houses and it will inevitably get worse. Flooding is a worry, the loss of the village atmosphere, and the transport infrastructure just is not there.”