Sign the new petition!

Following the submission of amended plans by the developers, we’ve decided to run a new petition to counter any claims that these updated plans address the concerns of the local community. They are largely unchanged, with a small reduction in the number of dwellings, but proposing to house the same number of people and destroy the woods and open land that is marked for protection in the Cardiff Local Development Plan.

So please sign the petition, even if you signed the previous one. Every signature adds weight to our objection. With the pandemic, we can only run this as an e-petition, so click on this link to enter your details and digitally sign the petition.

We have to submit the petition at least a week before the application comes before the Planning Committee. We don’t know when that will be (not expected before April), so please let you friends and neighbours know about the new petition and encourage them to sign it now.

Revised plans, new notices

You may have noticed that new planning notices have been put up around the woods and meadow. On 4th February the developers submitted a revised set of plans, reducing the number of dwelling to 36, in response to “various discussions” they have held with council officers. We are checking with our local councillors and the council how this affects the status of existing objections and our original petition. The proposed development remains essentially the same, with the same level of destruction of woodland, removal of trees, incursion through the wood with a new road, and the replacement of the meadow with housing, roads and parking.

We’ll update this site and send out via the mailing list recommendations regarding further local action once we have reviewed all the revised documents and received advice from the council and our councillors.

Many thanks for the continued support of all those who wish to protect this area and uphold the council’s policy of maintaining green spaces along Cardiff’s river corridors.

Planning Department restarts services

Cardiff Council has announced a phased resumption of services delivered by the planning department. Cases that would require the involvement of the Planning Committee fall into Phase 3, and work is still ongoing to develop arrangements for these. They say that Phase 3 is unlikely to commence before the beginning of June, and have confirmed to Cllr. Philippa Hill-John that the application to build on land at DeBraose Close falls into this category.

Click here to see Cardiff Council’s announcement.

Planning decisions suspended

We have received the following from our councillors:

The Planning Department will not be registering or issuing decisions on any current applications until further notice.

If an exceptional or emergency issue does arise, the department still has the resources to process an application, if necessary authority is given to do so.

Officers will continue to progress the 500 current applications which are in the system, as best as possible.

We will update you once this situation changes, but in the meantime please keep safe and well.

Planning Committee cancellations

There is no news of when the planning application will be considered by the Planning Committee. We have urged for there to be a site visit ahead of any Committee meeting so that all members can see for themselves the woodland and open countryside that would be destroyed should they approve the development. Such a collective visit is no longer possible in the current circumstances, and I’ve received the following notice from Cardiff Council about forthcoming meetings of the Committee:

The next meeting of Planning Committee of 22nd April is cancelled with the likelihood of further cancellations. Interim measures are currently being explored and should there be formal approval of any new interim arrangements, details will be communicated. 

As soon as I hear of any alternative arrangements that might apply to this application, I will post details here. In the meantime, I have provided a copy of the petition by email to the Planning Officer, reserving the right to address the Committee which is afforded by the presentation of a petition with more than 50 local signatures.

Petition has more than 1,000 signatures!

We’ve now closed the petition in preparation to sending it to Cardiff Council to be included among the objections. I’m delighted to report that we had a combined total of 1,056 signatures, with 875 signing the online petition and 181 signatures on paper copies of the petition. Many thanks to all our supporters who have signed. There is still time to send in an individual objection. Please do so if you haven’t yet. Details of how to do this by post, email or online can be found here.

If ever we needed a reminder of the value of an open space near our homes where we can take a walk, breathe fresh air and be safe, it is now. Keep safe and take care.