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Say NO to more housing on the Sidings!

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.

There is currently a pre-application consultation under way, and the proposed plans are available for review here: https://www.wyg.com/consultations/de-clare-drive-radyr

Comments must be submitted by 8 December. We anticipate that a formal planning application will then be submitted before Christmas.

Take action now:

1 – Review the plans and submit your representations

The more objections that Taff Housing receives, the better chance we have of persuading them that this is not a viable development. We have received professional advice that it is more meaningful and will have a greater impact if everyone submits their own individual response at this stage. If everyone just sends the same template letter, it looks too contrived and will not carry much weight. Therefore, we ask you to take a few minutes to write and send your own response to this consultation.

Nevertheless, we have prepared a short draft letter that you might find helpful as a starter, but if you decide to use this, please do try and amend it with your own thoughts and comments.

Download template letter to WYG

(WYG is the firm of planning consultants acting for Taff Housing.)

Please e-mail your comments to louise.darch@wyg.com by 8 December.

2 – Contribute to planning consultant’s fees

We have engaged a professional planning consultant with experience of advising residents’ groups in similar circumstances. The consultant will review the relevant documentation, advise us on the best strategy for responding, draft formal objections and represent our interests at the planning committee stage. We hope that input from an expert will enable us to adopt the most appropriate strategy and prepare a more robust and persuasive objection.

The consultant charges by the hour, so the total fees are a little uncertain at the moment, but we anticipate being in the region of £2,000. Given the likely impact on the wider Radyr & Morganstown community, the Community Council has kindly agreed to match-fund contributions up to £750.

If you are happy to contribute to the costs of obtaining professional advice you can donate by clicking on the following button.

Contribute to planning consultant’s fees

All contributions very gratefully received.

3 – Write to our MP

Please contact our MP, Kevin Brennan, to highlight the strength of feeling about this proposed development and request his support in objecting. We have created a template letter, but feel free to adapt it as you wish.

Download template letter to MP

His contact details are:

Kevin Brennan MP
395 Cowbridge Road East
Canton
Cardiff
CF5 1JG

E-mail: brennank@parliament.uk

4 – Write to our AM

It is also worth contacting our AM, to request his support in objecting to this proposed development. Again, we have prepared a template letter, which you may wish to use.

Download template letter to AM

His contact details are:

Mark Drakeford AM
National Assembly for Wales
Cardiff Bay
Cardiff
CF99 1NA

Email:  Mark.Drakeford@assembly.wales

5 – Sign up to our mailing list

Please use our email sign up form to be added to our mailing list. We will email you with any further news about this proposed development and updates on the planning application process.

 


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