The controversial Churchlands Development of 1,200 new houses in North Cardiff is one step closer according to a letter from Welsh Labour Minister Carl Sargent. This letter states that he was minded to approve appeal decision subject to some minor changes despite a huge public outcry against the development by local residents.
Cardiff Council, had initially rejected planning permission, but the Welsh Minister appears to have ignored the local authority and local residents who will be affected by the new development. None of the minor conditions outstanding will resolve local campaigners’ concerns about the lack of a transport infrastructure or the undue impact it will have on the local area.
Eluned Parrott, Regional Assembly Member for South Wales Central commented:
“The Welsh Labour Government have not got this right. We need to listen to local residents who are saying that their roads and public transport cannot take an extra 1,200 homes without a plan in place.
“I think everyone sees the need for new homes, but there needs to be a full plan in place to make sure the new houses are served by the local services they need.
“This has not been the case here. Residents are being ignored and it’s not good enough.”
Local Councillor and Lib Dem Group Leader Judith Woodman added:
“Residents in my ward of Pentwyn, and in Cyncoed, and across the city were quite right to object to this development. There’s no consideration of the extra traffic 1,200 homes will create, or the pressure on local schools, doctors, or dentists.
“It isn’t too late and I call on the Minister to send the developers back to think again.”