500 people have signed an online petition launched by Welsh Liberal Democrat Senedd candidate for Cardiff Central, Rodney Berman, opposing the plan for a 29-storey tower block behind the retained facades of properties in Cardiff’s Guildford Crescent.
The petition is urging the owners of the site, and their agents, to come up with a development proposal which would be more sympathetic to the historical context of the location.
Responding to the overwhelming backing for his campaign, Rodney Berman said:
“This is an amazing response and demonstrates there is huge strength of feeling amongst the wider Cardiff community.
“A previous community-led campaign which I and other Liberal Democrat councillors supported to save the venues at this site, including the former music venue Gwdihŵ, regrettably only led to only the facades of those properties being retained. However, that doesn’t mean people are now happy to just see anything built at this location.
“A 29-storey, 262-unit tower block would be significantly out of sympathy with the retained facades and the historical context of this site.
“Many people share my concern that our heritage is being steadily trashed and that the council’s current Labour administration is increasingly presiding over an ‘anything goes’ attitude to the city’s built environment with insufficient control over what constitutes good architectural design. I would note that the latest proposal attracting huge criticism is the application to demolish Harlech Court, the site currently occupied by another city centre music venue Porters, to make way for a 35-storey apartment block.
“In the wake of this petition, I hope that the owners of the Guildford Crescent site will now start listening to the community and think again.”
- Rodney Berman’s petition opposing the tower block plan can be found at the following link: https://www.cardiffld.org.uk/guildford_crescent
- The petition reads: “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.”