Cardiff Council has approved the demolition of two large houses on Drysgol Road and the construction of two, three-storey blocks of flats (as pictured, above).
Radyr and Morganstown Community Council objected to the development on the grounds of traffic, insufficient parking for visitors, the impact on the nearbly listed building, Whitehall, the impact on the character of the neighbourhood and the lack of affordable housing or planning gain linked to the application.
The Ministry of Justice (owner of the listed building) also objected to the development as did several residents, some of whom signed a petition which collected over fifty signatures.
The community council is disappointed that its views, and the views of local residents did not prevail - and notes that this seems to be a regular pattern as far as planning applications in our community are concerned.
As such, the community council will seek a meeting with Cardiff Council planners to present our concerns about how local opinions are dealt with by Cardiff Council - and to see if there are ways in which our community can have more impact as planning applications are considered.
We will let you know how this develops.
In the meantime, commenting on the planning approval, Cllr Rod McKerlich said:
'At a time when our community is expressing strong concerns about road safety, it is disconcerting how lightly our planners allow access with limited visibility onto busy roads. This development is out of keeping with the local area and, in particular, the Grade 2 listed building it abuts. Despite developing the site which currently has two houses into a site with 19 dwellings, the scheme was passed without any planning gain money being awarded, which added to our disappointment."
This story was covered in the South Wales Echo on Monday, 25 March. Read what Cllr Rod McKerlich had to say in this article:
This how we deal with planning applications for developments in Radyr and Morganstown.
If you wish to send us comments about a local planning application, please use the comments form on our contact page.
Radyr and Morganstown Community Council is delighted to welcome our local AM and MP to their first constituency surgeries in Radyr and Morganstown.
This follows an invitation given to both politicians by the community council, during Mark Drakeford's attendance at a council meeting in January.
'We are delighted that Mark and Kevin will be holding surgeries in the Old Church Rooms in Radyr' said council Chair, Ralph Vaughan.
'This will give them an opportunity to meet local residents and hear about any issues that concern them. Whether it be the Plasdwr development, traffic or more personal matters, I am sure that Mark and Kevin will lend a sympathetic ear and do what they can to help. It will be of great benefit to them to learn more about our community - and for residents to get to know their elected representatives. The council is very pleased that it has been able to arrange for this to happen'.
The surgeries will be held at the Old Church Rooms on Friday, 5 April and Friday, 4 October, between 5.00pm and 6.00pm. No appointment is necessary, but if you wish to know which of the two will be in attendance on both dates (they will be attending the surgeries alternately) you can ring their office on 029 20223207 to check. Also, if you have an urgent issue for them to consider, you can ring their office rather than wait for the surgery in April.
So make a date in your diary - and meet Kevin and Mark!
We responded to planning objectives prepared by consultants working on the Plasdwr District Centre (the proposed, very large retail park close to Llantrisant Road).
Here's an illustration of how the site might look - as shown on the Plasdwr website. How does it look to you? Nice and welcoming? Or bleak and characterless?
Here's our response:
Town and Country Planning Acts 1990 (As Amended)
Partial discharge of condition 44 (District Centre design code) of 14/02733/mjr
Please see below comments by Radyr and Morganstown Community Council with regard to the design of the District Centre.
The centre is likely to be used very frequently by the residents of Radyr and Morgansrtown, thus our great interest in the site.
We would like to see:
We hope you find these comments to be of use - and we would be very happy to discuss these views with the relevant companies and authorities.
With best wishes.
Huw Onllwyn Jones
Radyr and Morganstown Community Council