It was a busy agenda at Cardiff Council’s planning committee meeting yesterday, with 14 applications on the main schedule, and Viridor’s controversial application to continue building work on the Splott incinerator.
We’ve plotted all of the committee’s decisions on our planning round-up map, and more details on each application can be found below.
Cardiff University Sports Fields, Mendip Road, Llanrumney
Cardiff University applied for permission to extend the use of flood lighting on its sports pitches in Llanrumney. The previous conditions on the university’s planning permission only allowed the fields to be used for training Tuesday-Thursday, 6pm-9pm, but the planning committee approved the application to extend their use to Monday-Thursday, 6pm-9pm, for training and competitive matches.
Bute East Dock, Hemingway Road, Atlantic Wharf
Cardiff Bay Wakeboarding’s application to build a waterski and wakeboard parking on the disused Bute East Dock was approved by the committee, despite strong local opposition to the plans. Details of the decision can be found here.
Land at Trident Park, Glass Avenue, Splott
Last month councillors decided to defer a decision on enforcement action after Viridor, the firm behind the Splott incinertor, began work on its site at Trident Park without meeting the “pre-implementation” conditions attached to its planning permission. Yesterday, councillors decided these conditions had now been met, and gave Viridor permission to continue with the construction work. Details of that decision can be found here.
Land at Radyr Court Road, Danescroft
Nabatean Properties applied for outline planning permission to build a development of 48 houses on two acres of “rough grazing” land off Radyr Court Road. Local residents are strongly opposed to the plans, with hundreds signing petitions against the proposals. At the request of Llandaff ward councillor Kirsty Davies, a decision on the application was deferred for the committee to make a site visit.
Thornhill Garage, Heol Llanishen Fach, Rhiwbina
This was an application to turn a car show room into three retail units – including a Sainsbury’s – on the ground floor, and office space on the first floor. These plans have also prompted strong local opposition. Committee member Councillor Adrian Robson declared an interest as a Rhiwbina ward member, and asked the committee to defer a decision for a site visit, so they could assess the impact the application would have on traffic in the area. The committee agreed to make a site visit on March 6.
77 Kimberley Road, Penylan
An application to change 77 Kimberley Road from a home to a nursery for up to 19 babies was also deferred for a site visit. Officers have recommended the plans for approval, but all three Penylan ward members spoke against the application, raising concerns about the number of accidents at Kimberley Road’s junction with Blenheim Road. A local resident also gave a tearful and passionate speech about accidents at the junction in the past, and her concerns that a nursery there would pose risks to children, pedestrians, and drivers. But Alison Harrison – who has jointly submitted the application with Sarah Arabestani – pointed out that the council’s transportation and city development departments have no objections to the plans, and argued that the junction was “not inherently dangerous”. The committee voted to defer their decision for a site visit.
80 Fidlas Road, Llanishen
An application to demolish an existing double garage, and rebuild it one metre back from the original was refused by the committee. Committee member Coun Garry Hunt, declaring an interest and speaking as ward member for Llanishen, said he thought the officers’ recommendation to refuse the application was “absurd”. He said the garage had been standing for 90 years, and was an “intrinsic part of the character of this local area”. He added: “The proposal is just to move it three feet back.”. Committee chairman Coun Michael Michael also spoke in support of the proposal, saying that the applicant had promised never to convert the garage into a house. However, the committee voted to refuse the application by five votes to three.
21-27 City Road, Roath
Plans from Sennybridge Limited to demolish an existing block of offices and workshops, and replace them with a mixed-use development containing 26 apartments and a retail unit, were approved by the committee.
St Saviour’s Vicarage, 115 Splott Road, Splott
This was an application to vary the design of a new neurological care home, which St Albans Care Home already has planning permission for. New planning and listed building consent applications requested that the number of bedrooms be reduced from 32 to 29, and alterations to the internal design. Both applications were approved.
50-54 Queen Street
Primark applied for permission to demolish the north and west facades of the former British Home Stores building in Queen Street, and restore them in the style of the Victorian/Edwardian original. It also asked for permission to extend the building’s first, second, third and fourth floors, and sought Conservation Area Consent for the scheme, which will see the budget clothing chain move from their current store almost directly opposite. Both applications were approved. You can read more about Primark’s plans for the BHS building here.
115-117 Penarth Road
Mr Neil Patel applied for retrospective planning permission for a single story extension and alterations to a shop front window. The application was approved.
Vegetarian Food Studio, 115-117 Penarth Road
Vegetarian Food Studio applied for permission to keep a three bed flat on the second floor of 115-117 Penarth Road, and to use vacant office space to create another three bed flat on the first floor. The committee also gave these plans the go-ahead.
56A Plas Mawr Road, Fairwater
A decision on an application to refurbish the retail unit at 56A Plas Mawr Road, and turn it into a hot food take away, was deferred for a site visit.