A social housing development planned for the site of an old beds warehouse on the corner of Ferry Road and South Clive Street has been rejected by Cardiff councillors.
But councillors were told it would have been an “overdevelopment” and would have meant poor access and quality of living environment, as well as having a detrimental effect on the car body repair shop next door.
Autocare repair centre had objected on a number of grounds, including the height of the proposed flats and the effect on its business of the likely complaints from residents of living next to the garage.
The Windsor Buildings has been a beds warehouse/store for a number of years although housing proposals have been put forward in the past.
Most of the flats would have been one-bedroomed and the planning application argued there was a “compelling need for affordable housing within the Grangetown area, particularly for one and two bedroom flats”.
The developer, Christopher Burridge of Roath Housing Company, had wanted to build on the site of the garage business next door too but this had been resisted with the owner’s “strong stance in not wanting to proceed with redevelopment proposals”. The flats would have included a carpark for five vehicles.
The developer put in a late application for a deferral but this too was rejected by councillors.