Radyr and Morganstown Community Council has written to planning consultant, Philippa Cole, who is undertaking a pre-planning application consultation on behalf of Taff Housing Association, for 45 new homes in an area which is currently a woodland.
Although outside our administrative boundary, the land involved is an area of woodland used by Radyr and Morganstown residents.
In our response to Philippa Cole we argue that the woodland, and the paths that run through it, are much enjoyed by walkers from Radyr, Morganstown, Danescourt and Llandaf. They provide part of a continuous, natural route, free of traffic, through woodlands, all the way from Radyr to the centre of town (including alongside the river at Llandaf, behind the Cathedral and through Bute Park).
In a densely populated city, having such a facility is rare and precious - and should be maintained at all costs.
We also argue that the proposed development is unnecessary, because there are already 6,000 homes being built very close to this area (the Plasdwr development). Plasdwr is removing enough open, green space. This new proposal would remove even more of our natural environment - from an otherwise densely populated location - which would mean that the loss of this woodland would have a heightened impact.
You can see our letter to Pippa, here.
Here is a satellite image showing the land as it is at present (the houses you can see are part of the Danescourt estate). The proposed housing would, more or less, lead to the removal of the bottom half of the woodland - as you can see from the second picture.
And here are some pictures of some of the paths that run through the woodland: