Cardiff’s Rights of Way Improvement Plan

Cardiff Council is conducting a survey regarding a new Rights of Way Improvement Plan, and is inviting comments via a survey.  Anyone who uses local footpaths and rights of way is invited to participate, so we would welcome a good representation of local users of the land that is under threat.  Whilst your comments do not relate directly to any planning application, it is an opportunity for us to let the council know that we cherish our open spaces in this neighbourhood, and our rights to enjoy woodlands and open countryside near our homes.

You can access the survey here, and there is an opportunity to leave comments, which you might use to reinforce our desire that the council sticks to its commitment of keeping the river corridors free of development, and open for the enjoyment of all.  The survey is open until 31st August.

Can you help us?

Do you know about this site?  Perhaps you have lived here a long time, and can remember, for example, the commitments that were made to preserve open spaces at the time the Danescourt houses were constructed.  Or do you have some insights into past uses of this land?

Or can you help with some expertise?  The site is filled with bats, feeding or on their way to their favourite feeding grounds.  Do you have expert knowledge of bats, or know someone who does?  Or do you have expert knowledge of trees?  The development will destroy many mature trees.  

If you can contribute some expertise, or know someone who can, please do contact us.

The land under threat

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:

Have you seen this flower?

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.

Petition news

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.

Send your initial objection by 20th July

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.

Public Meeting 17th July

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”.