Mynachdy Road sidings - ANOTHER student flats proposal

May 20, 2011 4:42 PM

The Gabalfa & Mynachdy Liberal Democrat Team has reacted with disappointment to news that another planning application for student flats has been submitted for land behindMynachdy Road.

A previous application in 2010 for 345 student flats on the site was withdrawn following objections from Cllr. Ed Bridges and from local residents.

However, a new (but similar) application has now come forward. The new plans are seeking permission to build 249 student flats, across six blocks on the site. The layout is not dissimilar to the previous scheme, and the local community have already made similar criticisms to last time - pointing out the lack of on-site parking, the poor quality of the units, and the lack of any real solution to issues of noise nuisance from the development.

Local Lib Dem councillor, Ed Bridges, said: "In our view, this new application has not resolved the fundamental flaws of the previous proposal, and we will be fighting the plans just as vigorously. Our area simply cannot cope with the infrastructure demands of 249 new flats, and local residents shouldn't have to be put through the stress of yet another unsuitable application for the area."

Local campaigner, Gareth Holden, added: "It is supremely disappointing that the developer hasn't listened to local feeling. Residents vehemently opposed the previous application - but rather than learning from that, he's come back with an almost-identical proposal. The units shown in the drawings on the site are ugly and uninspiring; it simply isn't right that the community are being put through this again"

The full plans can be seen at City Hall. Residents wanting to submit comments should send them to the Chief Regulatory Services Officer, City Hall, Cardiff, CF10 3ND, quoting application number 11/00863/DCI; comments can also be sent by e-mail to developmentcontrol@cardiff.gov.uk - do send a copy to your Lib Dem team so they can reinforce the comments of residents when they make their own submission.

The Lib Dems will keep residents informed over the coming weeks - but please do not hesitate to contact if you would like to discuss the matter further or if we can help with any other local issue.

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