The proposed development will occupy a stretch of land that has been designated for protection by the Cardiff Local Development Plan as part of the River Taff Corridor. It runs from De Braose Close to Radyr Court Road, and would destroy the woodland that neighbours the protected ancient woodland of Radyr Woods between Danescourt and the railway, and the two fields where horses used to graze (before the present owners removed the tenants and allowed the land to become overgrown). It is marked out in red in this extract from the developer’s own landscape visual assessment document:
The following article about the proposed development has been published in WalesOnline:
This is Hieracium radyrense, or Rady Hawkweed. I am indebted to Nigel Keene for pointing out that this very rare plant is only known to exist in and around the location of the old Radyr Quarry. This plant is quite likely to still be in flower this month, so if you have seen one in or around the site in question (the woods or the fields), please do take a photograph and make a note of exactly where it is (and let us know!).
The plant has been seen in the past about 20 metres from the site, mainly on the other side of the railway line. If you want to read more, you can find an interesting article here.
Here’s an A4 document you can download, print and put up in your window to show your support for the campaign to Save Our Woods.
SAVE OUR WOODS
We have received advice that it would be premature to launch a petition against the proposed development before the planning application has been formally submitted to Cardiff Council.
Rest assured that as soon as the planning application has been submitted and given a formal reference, a petition will be made widely available, both on paper, and for online signatures, on this web site.
PMG 3 Limited have given notice that they intend to apply for planning permission to develop 40 houses on land at De Braose Close. This planning application has not yet been submitted. Prior to this, the developers are obliged to seek feedback from the local community. The deadline for this feedback is 20th July.
We recommend that if you oppose this development you submit an email or letter making it clear that you object to the proposal, and giving a summary of your reasons. This will just be summarised by the developer when they submit their planning application.
Once that happens, you should submit a much more detailed objection directly to Cardiff Council. And at that time there will also be a petition which we hope you will sign. Watch this space for more details in due course.
In the meantime, please send your short objection to Mr Andrew Crompton, Development Director at PMG Limited. You can email this to him directly at andrewcrompton [at] pmg-plc [dot] com or write to him at Unit 2a, Oak Tree Court, Mulberry Drive, Cardiff Gate Business Park, Cardiff CF23 8RS.
Please come along to St John’s Parish Hall, Rachel Close, Danescourt on Tuesday 17th July at 6.30pm. Councillor Pip Hill-John has organised this meeting to help the local community come together to oppose this proposed development. She says “I am committed to supporting the residents in preserving as many green spaces in Llandaff and Danescourt as possible by saving this woodland from developers”.