48 homes planned for Radyr Court Road site

February 12, 2013 No Comments »

Hundreds of residents have signed petitions opposing a new development of almost 50 houses in open space in Llandaff.

London-based Nabatean Limited has applied to Cardiff Council for outline planning permission to build 48 homes on 2.14 hectares of land near Radyr Court Road, which currently consists of “rough grazing” on two fields, dense scrubland, woodland and scattered trees.

The plans, which are due to go before Cardiff Council’s planning committee tomorrow, have been recommended for approval by officers, but planning documents show that hundreds of local residents are opposed to the plans, with concerns including a loss of open space, the potential impact on wildlife, and poor traffic infrastructure on Radyr Court Road.

More than 90 individual objections have been lodged with the council from people living near the site, with claims that the development could cause “harm to bio-diversity, trees and wildlife habitat which is enjoyed by walkers, joggers, and cyclists”.

They also raise concerns about how Radyr Court Road would cope with increased traffic, saying it is “narrow and unsuitable” for coping with more cars.

A number of petitions have also been submitted objecting to the application, including a petition of 250 signatures from saveradyrcourtroad.org.uk, one of eight signatures from Age Concern, 33 signatures from residents of Gerddi Taf, and 19 signatures from people living on Blethin Close.

The Llandaff Society says it objects to the plans because the site is an “an important part of the strategic open space” for the community. The society goes on to point out an appeal for five homes on the same site was dismissed in 2006.

The Danescourt Community Association raises concerns about the access for emergency and delivery vehicles under the railway bridge from Radyr Court Road, and objections from the Friends of Hailey Park and Cardiff Ramblers are also listed in the planning documents.

The headteacher of Danescourt Primary School has also voiced worries about the risk to pupils’ safety due to an increase in traffic close to the school.

However, planning officers conclude their report by saying that while they recognise the site is valued by the local community, it has “little intrinsic value” and the city’s “urgent” housing need outweighs policies to protect open space.

Councillors will vote on the application tomorrow.

Also on the agenda at the planning committee meeting are:

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