Stop the tower block at Guildford Crescent

The owners of properties in Guildford Crescent in Cardiff's city centre have recently signalled to Cardiff Council that they wish to develop a 29-storey building behind the retained facades of the six terraced buildings which previously formed part of this historic crescent.

Their agent recently indicated to the council that they intend to apply for planning consent to build a 262-unit development, which would be of mixed use but mainly residential, by seeking an opinion as to whether or not an "environmental statement" would be required to accompany such an application.

A previous, well-supported community campaign to save Guildford Crescent, which was backed by Cardiff Liberal Democrats, sadly only led to the frontages of the former buildings being kept. However, with the council having determined that no environmental statement would be required, we can now expect that a planning application will be submitted for a 29-storey tower block on this site.

Rodney Berman, Welsh Liberal Democrat Senedd candidate for Cardiff Central, said: "The idea of a 29-storey tower block being built behind these facades makes a mockery of the whole hugely-supported campaign that led to them being saved just a couple of years ago. The thought of this development going ahead is nothing short of monstrous.

"I have therefore launched a petition urging the owners of the site to rethink their plans. The community has made its views clear in the past and must do so again.

"We must resist this further attempt to trash Cardiff's heritage."

If you agree with Rodney, please sign the petition below:

I/we, the undersigned, call on the owners of 1-7 Guildford Crescent, Cardiff to abandon their plans to build a 29-storey mixed-use tower block behind the retained facades of these properties. We would urge them instead to come forward with a development proposal which is much more in sympathy with the historic nature of Guildford Crescent.

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We will include your name and address when submitting the petition to the owners of Guildford Crescent and their agent, Lichfields.