Homes plans pass hurdle

8 August 2016

Updated on Wednesday

Councillors have passed outline plans for a housing development on the site of an old railway embankment in Grangetown.

A site meeting was held by members of the planning committee last week over concerns about the arrangements for removing tonnes of spoil from the embankment by lorry.

Council officials have suggested developers dismantle part of the the central reservation in Clive Street – and also opposite York Place – so lorries can turn out of the construction site. The lorries will be expected to use Ferry Road and not Clive Street and Penarth Road.

The proposals for 116 homes off Clive Street Lane come with a number of conditions, while the developers will be asked to pay nearly £1m in community benefits.

The lane, between Ikea and Clive Street, has been an eyesore and attracted fly-tipping in recent years. But there are concerns about the extra pressure on traffic by the extra housing, with hundreds more home earmarked for the old gas works site next to Ikea in the future.

To be given the go ahead, the developers will be asked to pay:

  • Nearly £600,000 towards the cost of extra accommodation at local schools, which are currently full.
  • £216,812 towards a new open space – as this is not included in the plans.
  • Another £114,666 for local community facilities – with the closure-threatened Grangetown Play Centre and Channel View leisure centre suggested.
  • The cost of bins and waste disposal for the homes and flats.

The full detailed plans will be decided upon later but at the first hurdle the proposals faced some local objections about noise, traffic and loss of privacy. The council report also conceded that the scrubland habitat which is used for birds and bats to forage would be lost. But 30 slow worms so far have already been relocated to a new breeding ground at Cosmeston Lakes and Park in the Vale of Glamorgan.

Wednesday’s planning meeting recommended outline planning permission with a series of conditions, including a management plan to remove 60,000 cubic metres of spoil, which is expected to involve 30 lorry loads a day for a year. The developers will not be able to work before 8am or after 6pm in the week or after 1pm on Saturdays.

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