Planning decision deferred to 2013

The Planning Department at Cardiff Council have confirmed that this planning application will not be on the agenda for the December meeting of the Planning Committee.  Tim Walter, Senior Planning Officer, indicated that he is targeting the Planning Committee meeting on Wednesday 9th January 2013, at 2.30pm.

We will post another news item as soon as this is confirmed.

Llandaff Society to hold Public Forum on Draft LDP

There is to be a Public Forum on Monday 3rd December at 7.30pm at Llandaff Institute, High Street, Llandaff giving the local public a chance to contribute to the Llandaff Society’s response to the City Council’s proposals for the future development of Cardiff.

As the society’s advertisement for the meeting says, “The Draft LDP proposes 7,500 new homes in a ‘green triangle’ between Pentrebane Road and Llantrisant Road plus 2,750 homes; Business Park and Strategic Park/Share and Ride between Creiglau and Junction 33 on the M4.  If this happens, pressure on the existing transport infrastructure and services will seriously affect Llandaff Ward and adjoining communities”.

The Woodland Trust registers its objection

We’re delighted that The Woodland Trust has joined the campaign to oppose the proposed development of 48 houses at Radyr Court Road through their submission of a letter of objection.

The letter highlights the role of the woodland under threat acting as a buffer to the ancient woodland that is Radyr Woods.  They argue that clearance of the land for development would create a new woodland edge, right at the border of the ancient woodland, “which is highly sensitive to edge effects”.  The letter concludes:

“Therefore the Woodland Trust objects to the proposal due to the loss of the woodland, which is acting as a buffer to the ancient woodland.”

You can download a copy of the letter of objection by clicking here.

Consultation begins on Cardiff’s new Local Development Plan

Following approval by a full meeting of the council, Cardiff Council has begun a consultation period concerning its Preferred Strategy for the Local Development Plan.  This is a key document that will shape future planning decisions.  It sets out a case for allowing a growth of over 45,000 houses in Cardiff, and argues that this cannot be achieved on ‘brownfield’ sites alone, and therefore nearly half the growth will take place on greenfield sites.

However, crucially, it seeks to balance this growth with strong policies that “respect the most important features of Cardiff’s natural environmental assets”.  The land at Radyr Court Road is not among the land earmarked for development, and the strategy claims that:

“large tracts of countryside and strategic river corridors running through the urban area amounting to well over 5,500 hectares will be kept free from development with policies in place to protect, manage and enhance their contribution to the city”

Specifically, Policy 22 states that:

“Cardiff ’s distinctive natural heritage will be protected, positively managed and enhanced together with improving access where this does not create unacceptable conflicts, in particular … The strategically important river valleys of the Ely, Taff, Nant Fawr and Rhymney that are important for recreation, amenity biodiversity and climate change resilience”

The land at Radyr Court Road clearly falls within the Taff river valley area earmarked for protection, as can be seen on the map on page 81 of the strategy, reproduced here with a marker that we have added highlighting the location of the land at Radyr Court Road:

If you have Microsoft Powerpoint, and want to see more clearly how the land in question fits on this map, download this powerpoint presentation and run it as a show.  You will first see a map of the area, then on the next click, a red patch marks the land that is subject to the planning application, the next click brings up the Council’s map superimposed, and the final click removes the red patch, revealing clearly how the land sits within the area marked as ‘Protect and Enhance Countryside’.

The Council’s new strategy confirms that this land should be protected as a valuable amenity.  The Council is inviting comments from the public throughout the consultation period, which ends on 14th December.

More details can be found here, and you can download a copy of the Preferred Strategy here.

Council publishes petitions

Four petitions have now been submitted to Cardiff Council objecting to the proposed development of 48 houses on land at Radyr Court Road, including the online petition from this web site.

These have now been published on the Council’s web site, and amount to a total of over 650 signatures.   A big ‘thank you’ to everyone who has signed one of these petitions.  There is still time to submit an individual objection, which is a way of strengthening the message of objection that we want to be heard by the Planning Committee at Cardiff Council.

Bat survey finds 5 species using the site

A bat survey, commissioned by the applicant, has recently been added to the set of documents on the council’s web site relating to this application.  Although the survey was conducted in October (a sub-optimal month for surveying bats), it identified five different species of bat using the site for foraging and commuting.

The Brown Long-Eared Bat

The report describes two of the species (Myotis and the Brown Long-Eared Bat) as ‘light intolerant’, and the lack of street lighting on or adjacent to the site must have helped to create this bat-friendly environment, which will be destroyed if this development goes ahead.

One of the other species identified, the Noctule Bat, is described by the University of Bristol School of Biological Sciences as having become ‘very rare in Britain’.

You can view the report by clicking here.