116 homes planned for old Grangetown railway embankment

2 December 2015

Could new development curb fly-tipping in Clive Lane eyesore?

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The view from Clive Street

Developers want to build dozens of new homes by flattening part of a disused railway embankment off one of Grangetown’s main streets.

Pegasus have put forward outline plans for 116 homes on Network Rail land off Clive Street, which will also need a house and garage to be demolished.

The development would be off Clive Lane, backing onto the Ikea car park at one end and the boundary of Clive Lane at the other – an area which has become a target for fly-tippers.

The proposals involve 49 houses and six apartment blocks involving 67 flats. The development will involve some private housing and others rented in a tie-up with Wales and West Housing Association.

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Artist impression of the development, from Ikea, with Clive Street in the background

The main planning document said local councillor Lynda Thorne is “very supportive, particularly as Clive Lane has become a target for anti-social behaviour in recent years”.The embankment, up to 10 metres high in places, would be removed involving 60,000 cubic metres of spoil and material.

Talks with planning officials have already led to a reduction in the number of homes – and semi-detatched instead of terraced homes – and the size of planned car parking, which is now 150 spaces. It is believed the development could also lead to a contribution towards play facilities – which could be a boost in the campaign to keep Grangetown Play Centre open in nearby Ferry Road.

The developers say the flats may provide “surveillance” to discourage fly-tipping (pictured right) and the possibility of restricting access to the lane for residents only by installing removable bollards could be discussed further once the detailed plans go forward. Under the plans, 130 Clive Street and its garage would be demolished for a road to link off Clive Street (opposite the Bromsgrove Street closed junction) to the new homes.

The new housing would mean the removal of the embankment along Clive Lane to the north (reaching the level of the Llanmaes Street closed junction opposite).

The developers argue a “worst case impact” of extra traffic from the new homes of just 1.5% at the Clive Street/Penarth Road junction.

But they will have to produce a migration strategy for a colony of slow worms found on the embankment, with a reptile survey also needing to take into account possible common lizards and grass snakes.

The railway embankment as it looks from the top - the lines have long since gone

The railway embankment as it looks from the top – the lines have long since gone

You can see all the planning documents here

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