Sidings Residents’ Association
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Say NO to more housing on the Sidings!
Updated 15 February 2018
Taff Housing Association proposes to build 36 dwellings and 34 parking spaces on a 0.75 acre plot of land on the Radyr Sidings estate. These could house an additional 100 people, adding to the existing pressures on local amenities such as primary schools, the medical centre, road infrastructure, parking and the sewerage system. The proposals are also significantly out of keeping with the rest of the estate, as they are overbearing, have a different appearance and use of materials, and are much more densely packed.
The planning application documents submitted to Cardiff Council are available to read on the Council’s planning website at https://planning.cardiff.gov.uk/online-applications/applicationDetails.do?activeTab=summary&keyVal=_CARDIFF_DCAPR_122287. (It will open in a new tab or browser window – and please be patient, as it can take some time to load.)
Around 140 objections were submitted to the council during the formal consultation period during January. They are all available to view on the council’s planning website, but for ease of reference, some of the key objections can be downloaded here (they will each open in a new browser tab):
- Carolyn Jones Planning Services on behalf of the Sidings Residents’ Association
- Councillor Rod McKerlich
- Radyr & Morganstown Association
- Radyr & Morganstown Community Council
- Joint letter by Mark Drakeford AM and Kevin Brennan MP
The application will be considered by a Planning Committee, and this is now likely to happen either at their April or May meeting. The delay is due to the fact that White Young Green (Taff Housing’s planning advisors) did not serve the correct ownership notices. They failed to serve notice on Taylor Wimpey who currently still own the roads on the estate (which have yet to adopted by the council). WYG will serve the requisite notices retrospectively but the council must allow a period of 21 days for Taylor Wimpey to respond if they want.
It is also likely that some minor amendments to the scheme will be proposed and that WYG are likely to serve a rebuttal statement addressing the objections. The council will then need to re-consult with residents and others on these revised documents. Once re-consulted there will be a period of 14 days for the submission of any representations.
Once the Planning Committee does meet, Councillor McKerlich and a representative of the Sidings Residents’ Association will each have 5 minutes to make any further representations in person before the Committee. Taff Housing will have a right of reply and can speak for 5 minutes as well.
If the decision is to refuse the development, Taff Housing can either appeal the decision, or submit a fresh application with a revised proposal.
If the decision is to allow the development, we do not have the right to appeal, so that will be the end of the road for any challenge.
How you can still help
Although the formal period for objections has now ended, the council will take into consideration any further comments received before the Planning Committee meets. Therefore, please feel free to submit your comments, particularly if:
- you did not respond before the deadline;
- any new points of objection occur to you since submitting your original objection;
- you have any new photos of parking or traffic problems on the estate or King’s Road, eg. blockages by delivery vehicles or waste collection trucks, or any accidents.
You can comment by either of the following methods:
1 – Follow the instructions on the Council’s Planning website at https://planning.cardiff.gov.uk/online-applications/ to sign up and “Make a Comment” on application 17/03034/MJR.
Please avoid objecting on the basis that the proposed development is social housing or that it would diminish the value of your home. We realise that this may be a cause for concern for some people, but there is a real need for social housing in Cardiff, and objecting on this basis will a) be irrelevant from a planning point of view, and b) probably weaken other legitimate grounds for objection.
Please remember that all comments submitted will be published on the planning website, including your name and address.
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