Public Meeting – this Saturday at 10am

Cllr. Philippa Hill-John and a local Working Group have organised a public meeting this Saturday, 22nd February, at 10.00am in St. John’s Church Hall in Danescourt. This is an opportunity to learn more about how to oppose the development of 45 dwellings on woodland and open land at the end of De Braose Close and to discuss your concerns with your elected representatives and other local activists.

Sign the petition!

Please sign the petition if you want to help stop this development. You can sign it online here, or if you prefer a traditional signature on paper, then it is available for signature at the Danescourt Post Office. But please only sign the petition once, either online or on paper (not both). If you have lots of friends and neighbours who also want to sign the petition, you can instead download a copy of the petition here, and collect as many signatures as possible, and then hand in completed pages to Tracy at Danescourt Post Office or to Simon Field at Hillside, Radyr Court Road (first cottage at the bottom of Spooky Lane).

Planning Application submitted

The developers have now submitted their planning application, details of which have been posted on the Council’s web site here. We’re in the process of preparing a petition against this development, which will be available for online signature on this web site, and circulating locally on paper. Details of how best to register your objection, and some guidance on how to do this, will be posted here soon. There is a lot of local opposition to this development, which proposes to destroy highly valued local woodland and open space. Two previous attempts to develop on this land have failed to gain planning permission and the case against development is now stronger than before.

Revised plans – please send a short objection

Revised plans to build 45 dwellings, all catering for social housing, on land accessed from De Braose Close have now been published, and can be viewed and downloaded here. Whilst it is proposed to keep a small part of the woods, the plans still involve traffic from 182 residents through the length of De Braose Close with the access road cutting through the wood. If you wish to oppose this proposal, please send a simple objection to the planning consultant, pip [at] pipcole [dot] co [dot] uk, with a copy to info [at] taffhousing [dot] co [dot] uk. We suggest you only give a brief explanation of your objection, as there will be further opportunity to make representations directly to Cardiff Council once a planning application has been submitted.

Revised plans on the way

We understand from Cllr. Philippa John-Hill that the developers have been working with council officers on a set of revised plans. Philippa has been invited to review the proposals and as soon as we have more details we will share them on this site.

If any plans to develop houses on the land, which is designated in the Local Development Plan as protected River Corridor, are formally submitted, we will provide guidance on how to voice your opposition, including signing a petition and submitted individual objections.

Watch this space!

Still no news!

This update is something of a non-update.  The developers have still not followed up their pre-application ‘consultation’ with a formal planning application.  Cllr Philippa Hill-John has confirmed that no planning application relating to the land at De Braose Close will be considered before 2019.  We await events next year, and in the meantime would like to thank all those who have supported the effort to ‘save our woods’ in 2018, and wish you a merry Christmas and a happy and peaceful 2019!

Leaflet helpers wanted – Wednesday 29th August, 6.30pm

Cllr. Philippa Hill-John has printed a further leaflet for distribution across Danescourt.  We have 1500 leaflets that we want to deliver on Wednesday evening.  If you can spare some time, please come to St. John’s Church Hall in Danescourt (Rachel Close) at 6.30pm on Wednesday, 29th August where we will divide into teams to split the work between us.

Thank you.

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.