An application has been submitted by Cathedral Gardens Limited for the development of 33 units at 37-39 Cathedral Road, which includes the removal of mature trees. The developers want to demolish 39A and the rear annexes of 37 and 39 on the street. This has received more than 100 complaints from residents and has been criticised by local Cardiff councillors.
This part of Pontcanna forms part of a designated conservation area, which is supposed to protect the local historical and architectural heritage. Cathedral Road was developed in the late 19th century by the Third Marquess of Bute.
Given the protection afforded to the conservation area, a high standard of design is required for new buildings. The proposed materials, including red brick, would not, in our view, be in keeping with the late Victorian neighbourhood. The development would also require the removal of several mature trees; such trees are considered to be more effective in improving the quality of the air than the proposed replacement trees.
Whilst the supply of new quality and sustainable housing in Cardiff is welcomed, the proposed development would neither, in our opinion, increase the quality of life for the community nor preserve the quality and character of the area.
Councillor Rodney Berman, the lead Welsh Liberal Democrat candidate for South Wales Central for the 2021 Senedd elections has joined with Heath Marshall, the candidate for Cardiff West for the 2021 Senedd Elections, to launch a petition calling on the local planning authority to refuse the application.
Please help us to stop this development by signing the petition below.
I/we, the undersigned, call on Cardiff Council's planning committee to refuse planning permission for this development, ref 19/01956/MJR. The development will not improve the quality of life for the community nor preserve the quality and character of the area.