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Local anger as Welsh Assembly gives the Fire Station development the go ahead

July 26, 2011 11:01 AM
Nigel Howells and John Dixon inspecting the plans outside Adamsdown Fire Station ()

Nigel Howells and John Dixon inspecting the plans outside Adamsdown Fire Station

Local residents have expressed their anger that despite overwhelming local opposition, the Planning Inspector, appointed by the Welsh Government, is allowing 540 student flats to be built on the site of the Adam Street Fire Station.

The original proposals were thrown out by Cardiff Council's Planning Committee following a massive campaign led by local Lib Dem Councillors Nigel Howells and John Dixon.

But the developer appealed against the decision to the Labour run Welsh Government and have now been given the go ahead.

Local Adamsdown Councillor Nigel Howells said: "This is bitterly disappointing and I share the anger of local residents. These proposals could seriously impact on the quality of life for local residents in Adamscroft Place, Tharsis Close, Davis Street and Oriel House. There is bound to be increased traffic and noise as a result of the development - it's a shame that the Inspector didn't agree with local residents on this."

Councillor John Dixon added: "From the very start, this was a community campaign against this development. We'd like to thank local residents for the part they've played. Unfortunately, the decision eventually went against us. We will do everything we can to make sure that this development is now run responsibly and will be looking at ways to protect residents from increased parking and traffic issues."

If you want to see a copy of the decision, we have posted the files at http://yousend.it/npC7dv