Whitchurch residents call for Cardiff Council to rethink plan to build houses on ‘community’ site

Posted on July 7, 2011

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Around forty people lobbied Cardiff Council’s Planning Committee this week, at the site of proposed residential development in Whitchurch.

The council wants to build houses on the site of the former Heol Don Resource Centre. Six options have been presented, each containing upto 18 residential units – homes of varying size. Residents say that with only one access route to the site, greater congestion on the roads is inevitable.

Derek Fishwick, who lives nearby and who is part of the Whitchurch Heritage Action Group, expressed concern at the way in which the development was being put forward. The site borders the conservation area of Church Road.

“We think that an outline planning application shouldn’t be used for a conservation area and we’re asking them to withdraw it” he said. “The Welsh Government’s planning guidance says that you don’t use that procedure. It should be a full application instead.”

Pam Stacey lives on Heol Don, doors away from the proposed development. “It’s an issue for the whole community. We know they’re going to develop it, but it should be in keeping with the local area” she said.

“We found out that they’re not going to build up to the playing field boundaries, “to allow for further development”. So there’s obviously some thought that maybe in the future, they’ll be able to acquire more land. ”

The site of the former Heol Don Resource Centre

Councillors for Whitchurch & Tongwynlais were also in attendance. Some echoed residents’ concerns that an adequate consultation has not been carried out, and that a restrictive covenant on the site is alleged to have been mislaid.

“We’re very concerned. There’ll be a massive amount of cars, especially if they’re large houses with lots of people living in them” said Cllr Linda Morgan. “Housing is housing,  and I’m aware of that, and that there’s a demand for affordable housing for young people.”

“But we would love for the space to be used for community use. People have mentioned having a nursing home. There’s also been talk about having a doctors’ surgery too.”

The proposals are due to go before the Council next week.

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