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.