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5th September 2012 20871513 To: Members of the Council Dear Councillor Planning Committee Wednesday 12th September

2012 at Committee Room 3, County Hall, Cardiff (meeting starts at 2.30.p.m.) I attach a copy of the schedule of Development Control Applications which will be considered at this meeting of the Planning Committee. The plans relating to the applications will be available for inspection at the City Hall, during the whole of Tuesday and Wednesday morning preceding the Committee. Unless otherwise stated in the report, Planning Committee has delegated powers to determine the applications in the schedule. Planning Committee (but not an individual member) can also refer a matter to another committee or to the Council for a resolution. However, Council cannot move an amendment to a recommendation relating to a planning application or make a recommendation relating to a planning application and can only refer a matter back to Planning Committee on one occasion, after which Planning Committee shall decide the matter. Please now note that if any requests for site visits are acceded to by the meeting, such site visits will take place during the afternoon of Wednesday 3rd October 2012. If you submit a request for a site visit, you must include in your submission (a) a choice of at least two starting times for the site visit that you are requesting, each of which must be at least 45 minutes apart; and (b) the reasons why you believe that such a site visit is necessary. If you fail to provide any choices of starting times for the site visit that you've requested, it will be assumed that you will be available to attend such a site visit at any time of the day, regardless of what time it starts. The Clerk to the Council will circulate the Agenda for the meeting to the Members of the Planning Committee separately.
Yours sincerely

Strategic Planning and Development Manager

CARDIFF COUNTY COUNCIL PLANNING COMMITTEE THE REPORTS OF THE CHIEF STRATEGIC PLANNING AND ENVIRONMENT OFFICER

LIST OF DEVELOPMENT APPLICATIONS FOR CONSIDERATION BY THE PLANNING COMMITTEE ON 12TH SEPTEMBER AT 2.30PM

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CARDIFF LOCAL DEVELOPMENT PLAN When regard is to be had to the Development Plan the Councils decision must be made in accordance with the Plan unless material considerations indicate otherwise. The Development Plan for the administrative area of Cardiff remains the City of Cardiff Local Plan (1996), the South Glamorgan (Cardiff Area) Replacement Structure Plan (1997) and the South Glamorgan (Cardiff Area) Minerals Local Plan together with the approved Mid Glamorgan County structure Plan incorporating Proposed Alterations No.1 (September 1989). In accordance with statutory procedures, the Council prepared and placed on deposit a Unitary Development Plan (to 2016) in October 2003. It has never been formally abandoned but agreement was reached with the Welsh Assembly Government in May 2005 to cease work on the UDP and commence work on a new Local Development Plan prepared under the provisions of the Planning and Compulsory Purchase Act 2004. On the 28 April 2009 Cardiff Council placed the Cardiff Local Development Plan 20062021 on deposit for public consultation. From that date, and in accordance with the Councils resolution, it was taken into account in development control decisions. On the 30th November 2009, following consideration of the responses to consultation, the submission draft was submitted to the Welsh Assembly Government for examination. However, in the light of the significant reservations expressed at an Exploratory Meeting by the Inspectors appointed to carry out the examination and their recommendation that the Local Development Plan be with drawn from the examination, the Council duly withdrew the LDP on the 12 April 2010. Unless a draft policy or proposal is a material consideration it should not be taken into account when making decisions: it is strictly irrelevant and if it is given weight in reaching a decision, that decision may be successfully quashed in the High Court. In the general run of cases the withdrawn Local Development Plan will not be a material consideration. If there is an issue in relation to which the withdrawn LDP is relevant, officers will advise the Committee specifically. Otherwise it should not be taken into account. Since the deposited UDP has not been abandoned, its policies and proposals may be a material consideration in a given case, but the weight which can be attached to the

UDP, and any statement of policy including the statutory Development Plan should be determined in the light of the following principal considerations: The degree to which later statements of national policy and the Wales Spatial Plan make the policy out of date and suggest a decision should be taken otherwise than in accordance with it; The degree to which the policy is out of date for any other reason; The level and nature of any objection to a UDP or other draft policy.

Table 1.1: Existing Development Plans covering the Cardiff County Area Cardiff County Area Cardiff Deposit Unitary Development Plan (to 2016)

The Plan was placed on deposit in October 2003 and agreement was reached with Welsh Assembly Government in May 2005 to cease work on the plan and commence work on a new Local Development Plan.

City of Cardiff Area (part of the County of South Glamorgan until April 1996) South Glamorgan (Cardiff Area) Adopted April 1997 Replacement Structure plan 19912011 City of Cardiff Local Plan (including Waste Policies) Adopted January 1996

South Glamorgan (Cardiff Area) Adopted June 1997 Minerals Local Plan Pentyrch Community Area (part of the County of Mid Glamorgan and Borough of Taff Ely until April 1996) Mid Glamorgan County Structure Plan Approved September 1989 incorporating Proposed Alterations No. 1 Mid Glamorgan Replacement Structure Modifications to the Plan including Plan recommendations of the EIP Panel approved by Mid Glamorgan County Council in January 1996 but not adopted in respect of the Pentyrch Community Area. Glamorgan County Development Plan (Area No. 2) Mid Glamorgan Minerals Local Plan for Limestone Quarrying Approved March 1963

In June 1996 Cardiff County Council resolved to approve the Plan as modified by the Inspectors Report, for development control and other planning purposes, but the Plan was not adopted in respect of the Pentyrch Community Area.

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12/00280/DCI 27 RHIGOS GARDENS, GROUND FLOOR REAR EXTENSION AND CONVERSION CATHAYS, CARDIFF, CF24 4LS TO 4 FLATS 12/00309/DCI LAND AT OXFORD STREET, ROATH, CARDIFF, CF24 3DT 279 BED UPMARKET STUDENT ACCOMMODATION TAILORED TO INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS AND POSTGRADUATES CONVERSION OF GROUND FLOOR PUB TO COMMUNITY CLASSROOMS AND ALTERATIONS TO EXISTING FLAT OVER FULL APPLICATION FOR A SINGLE DWELLING

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REFURBISHMENT AND CHANGE OF USE OF EXISTING BUILDING INCLUDING 2 STOREY ROOF EXTENSION TO FORM 198 STUDENT BEDS WITH AMENITY AND MANAGEMENT FACILITIES AND 610 M2 FLEXIBLE ACCOMMODATION FOR RETAIL A1, A2, AND CAF / RESTAURANT A3 USES TO BASEMENT AND GROUND FLOORS CHANGE OF USE FROM A1 TO A3 (TAKEAWAY/RESTAURANT) & RETENTION OF EXTRACTION FLUE CHANGE OF USE FROM USE CLASS A1 TO A3 NEW SHOP FRONT AND ALTERATIONS TO FRONT ELEVATION VARIATION OF CONDITION 2 OF PLANNING PERMISSION 08/02329/C TO ALLOW EXTENSION OF OPENING HOURS TO 02:30AM SEVEN DAYS A WEEK

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PLANNING COMMITTEE 12th SEPTEMBER 2011 Page No. 159 App No. Location Description Decision PER Officer MR 11/2178/DCO 100 TY WERN ROAD, CONVERSION OF FOUR BEDROOM HOUSE INTO RHIWBINA, CARDIFF, TWO SELF CONTAINED FLATS WITH SINGLE AND CF14 4SF FIRST FLOOR REAR EXTENSIONS AND LOFT CONVERSION WITH REAR DORMER 11/2190/DCO FORMER MALTINGS CONSTRUCTION OF 26 NO. DWELLINGS, PUBLIC HOUSE, DEMOLITION OF EXISTING PUBLIC HOUSE AND COWBRIDGE ROAD ASSOCIATED WORKS EAST, CANTON, CARDIFF, CF5 1GZ 12/427/DCO 16 THE AVENUE, DEMOLITION OF THE EXISTING TWO STOREY LLANDAFF, CARDIFF, DWELLING AND GARAGE TO PROVIDE A THREE CF5 2LQ STOREY RESIDENTIAL DEVELOPMENT COMPRISING OF 5NO SELF-CONTAINED TWO AND THREE BEDROOMED UNITS AND ASSOCIATED CAR PARKING (AMENDED PLANS) 12/464/DCO LAND ADJACENT TO PROPOSED RESIDENTIAL DEVELOPMENT - 4 CEFN EURWG, UNITS DRUIDSTONE ROAD, OLD ST MELLONS, CF3 6XJD 12/529/DCO LAND ADJACENT TO RETENTION OF DETACHED DWELLING 15 CWM NOFYDD, RHIWBINA 12/910/DCO FORMER ARJO SITE REMEDIATION INCLUDING BREAKING UP, WIGGINS, OLD MILL CRUSHING AND STOCKPILING OF CONCRETE BUSINESS PARK, HARD STANDINGS AND FOUNDATIONS,

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SANATORIUM ROAD, EXCAVATION AND RE-COMPACTION OF MADE CANTON, CARDIFF, GROUND, APPROPRIATE TREATMENT OF CF11 8DS CONTAMINATION, REMOVAL OF DRAINS AND SERVICES AND TREATMENT OF JAPANESE KNOTWEED AND ANY OTHER ASSOCIATED WORKS 12/1140/DCO VISION 21 LTD INSTALL A 9.7M X 21M SINGLE STOREY PER (CYFLE CYMRU) MODULAR BUILDING IN CAR PARK AREA UNIT 17, COMMUNITY CENTRE, BWLCH ROAD, FAIRWATER, CARDIFF, CF5 3EF 121184/DCO POSTANS BAKERY, PROPOSED CHANGE OF USE CLASS TO A3 HOT REF 102 WENTLOOG FOOD TAKE AWAY 17:00-23:00 HOURS AT 102 ROAD, RUMNEY, WENTLOOG ROAD, RUMNEY CARDIFF CF3 3EA CARDIFF, CF3 3EA 12/1303/DCO RADYR VARIATION OF CONDITIONS 2, 4 AND 10 OF PERU COMPREHENSIVE PLANNING PERMISSION 10/02289/DCO TO ALLOW SCHOOL, HEOL ISAF, CONTINUATION OF USE RADYR, CARDIFF, CF15 8XG

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LOCAL MEMBER OBJECTION / PETITION COMMITTEE DATE: APPLICATION No. ED: APP: TYPE: APPLICANT: LOCATION: PROPOSAL: 12/09/2012 12/280/DCI CATHAYS Full Planning Permission APPLICATION DATE: 13/03/2012

Dr Salih 27 RHIGOS GARDENS, CATHAYS, CARDIFF, CF24 4LS GROUND FLOOR REAR EXTENSION AND CONVERSION TO 4 FLATS ___________________________________________________________________ RECOMMENDATION 1: That planning permission be GRANTED subject to the following conditions: 1. 2. C01 Statutory Time Limit The consent relates to the application as amended by the revised plans numbered ACA9/4/d, ACA9/5/b, ACA9/6/b and ACA9/10/c, attached to and forming part of this planning application. Reason: The plans amend and form part of the application. Notwithstanding the provisions of the Town and Country Planning (General Permitted Development) Order 1995 (or any Order amending, revoking or re-enacting that Order) no windows shall be inserted in side elevation of the extension facing 25 Rhigos Gardens. Reason: To ensure that the privacy of adjoining occupiers is protected. C7S Details of Refuse Storage C3S Cycle Parking The materials to be used in the construction of the external surfaces of the extension hereby permitted shall match those used on the existing building. Reason: To ensure the external materials harmonise with the existing building in the interests of the visual amenity of the area. The existing garage at the site shall be retained at all times for the parking of vehicles associated with the approved residential use. Reason: To ensure that adequate parking provision is retained clear of the roads so as not to prejudice the safety, convenience and free flow of traffic.

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RECOMMENDATION 2: That the applicant be advised that no work should take place on or over the neighbour's land without the neighbour's express

consent and this planning approval gives no such rights to undertake works on land outside the applicants ownership. RECOMMENDATION 3: The contamination assessments and the affects of unstable land are considered on the basis of the best information available to the Planning Authority and are not necessarily exhaustive. The Authority takes due diligence when assessing these impacts, however you are minded that the responsibility for (i) (ii) determining the extent and effects of such constraints and; ensuring that any imported materials (including, topsoils, subsoils, aggregates and recycled or manufactured aggregates / soils) are chemically suitable for the proposed end use. Under no circumstances should controlled waste be imported. It is an offence under section 33 of the environmental Protection Act 1990 to deposit controlled waste on a site which does not benefit from an appropriate waste management license. The following must not be imported to a development site: Unprocessed / unsorted demolition wastes. Any materials originating from a site confirmed as being contaminated or potentially contaminated by chemical or radioactive substances. Japanese Knotweed stems, leaves and rhizome infested soils. In addition to section 33 above, it is also an offence under the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981 to spread this invasive weed; and the safe development and secure occupancy of the site rests with the developer.

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Proposals for areas of possible land instability should take due account of the physical and chemical constraints and may include action on land reclamation or other remedial action to enable beneficial use of unstable land. The Local Planning Authority has determined the application on the basis of the information available to it, but this does not mean that the land can be considered free from contamination. 1. 1.1 DESCRIPTION OF PROPOSED DEVELOPMENT Planning permission is sought to convert an end of terrace dwelling in Rhigos Gardens into 4 flats, along with a single-storey extension to the rear of the dwelling. This application was deferred from Planning Committee on the 11th of July for a Committee site visit which took place on the 8th August. The application was then reported to Planning Committee on 15th August and deferred for officers to draft potential reasons for refusal see paragraph 8.11. The proposed single-storey rear extension wraps around the propertys existing two-storey rear annexe (see attached plan). The proposed extension is 5.3 metres wide and has a total length of 7.7 metres; it would project 3.5 metres beyond the rear of the existing annexe and is 3.6 metres in height to

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ridge with a hipped roof (2.4 metres to eaves). The extension would be finished in render with a slate roof. 1.3 The application as originally submitted included a rear dormer extension and a larger flat roof single-storey extension. Officers expressed concern to the agent over the design of these extensions and amended plans were subsequently received illustrating the dormer extension removed from the application and the single-storey extension reduced in length and roof form amended to a hipped roof. The proposed development would provide 2 no. one-bedroom flats at ground floor, a one-bedroom flat at first floor rear and a two-bedroom flat over first floor front and second floor. Each flat includes a shower room, combined lounge/kitchen area and bedroom. Access would be gained to each flat via a shared hallway from the existing front entrance of the dwelling and all residents would have access to the rear garden area, which would include 6 no. cycle stands and bin storage area. DESCRIPTION OF SITE The property is a traditional end of terrace dwelling located adjacent the junction of Rhigos Gardens and Maindy Road. The property includes an enclosed front forecourt and rear garden. The rear garden is enclosed by a 1.8 metre high brick wall and fence and includes a detached brick-built garage that is accessible from Maindy Road. The dwelling has been extended with a conservatory on the side elevation adjacent Maindy Road. Rhigos Gardens comprises of two rows of brick-built terrace properties facing an attractive open grassed square lined with trees. Parking is provided for residents on-street around the square. A lane adjoins the terrace to the rear, which provides access to rear gardens/garages SITE HISTORY 12/00016/DCH: Ground floor rear extension and rear dormer withdrawn 29/02/12 POLICY FRAMEWORK The site lies within an existing area of housing, as defined in the adopted City of Cardiff Local Plan (January 1996). The following Local Plan policies are relevant: (i) (ii) (iii) (iv) 4.2 11 (Design and Aesthetic Quality) 17 (Parking and Servicing Facilities) 18 (Provision for Cyclists) 28 (Subdivision of Residential Property)

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The following policies of the Deposit Cardiff Unitary Development Plan (October 2003) are relevant:

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2.20 (Good Design) 2.22 (Subdivision of Residential Properties), 2.24 (Residential Amenity) 2.57 (Access, Circulation and Parking Requirements) 2.74 (Provision of Waste Management Facilities in Development)

The following Supplementary Planning Guidance is relevant: (i) (ii) (iii) (iv) Cardiff Residential Design Guide (March 2008), Householder Design Guide (March 2007) Access, Circulation and Parking Standards (January 2010) Waste Collection and Storage Facilities

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INTERNAL CONSULTEE RESPONSES The Operational Manager, Transportation, advises that in terms of parking requirements the current dwelling would attract between 1 and 2 spaces; while the proposed conversion to 3 no. one-bedroom flats and 1 no. twobedroom flat would attract between 2 and 5 parking spaces. The parking standards for the 2 uses therefore overlap at the upper level of the existing and lower level of the proposed. However, in considering the parking requirement the location of the site, similar precedent developments, and appeal decisions must also be taken into account. To which end it is noted that the site is in close proximity to the Crwys Road/Woodville Road district centre as well as the City Centre, with all the employment, shopping, entertainment, etc., opportunities such a location affords. The location is also within easy reach of bus public transport services on Cathays Terrace and Maindy Road, rail services at Cathays Station and is ideally located to take advantage of the cycle network and on road cycle facilities. The location of the site is therefore considered to be extremely sustainable in transportation terms. It must also be noted that a recent flat conversion/development at Teal Street, Roath, for 9 units was refused on parking grounds. The refusal was appealed and subsequently determined in favour of the applicant, with costs awarded against the Council. For the above reasons, it is concluded that the site is sustainably located and policy compliant provided at least 6 no. secured cycle parking spaces are provided at the site and therefore any objection on parking grounds would be unsustainable, and any reason for refusal on that basis would not withstand challenge at Public Inquiry. Accordingly, the Transportation Service has no objection to the proposal subject to a condition ensuring at least 6 no. longstay sheltered and secured cycle parking spaces are provided at the site.

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The Operational Manager, Waste Management, advises that the identified refuse storage area should be capable of accommodating 4x25 litre kerbside caddies, 4x140 litre bulk bins, a storage space for recycling bags, and should be accessible to all residents of the flats. The Strategic Planning Manager, Pollution Control, request that an advisory note relating to contamination and unstable land be included on any

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permission. 5.4 Welsh Water Dwr Cymru requested that conditions be imposed on any permission to ensure that foul water and surface water is drained separately from the site and that land drainage runoff shall not be discharged into the public sewerage system. EXTERNAL CONSULTEE RESPONSES Nil REPRESENTATIONS Neighbours have been consulted and letters of objection have been received form the occupiers of Nos. 4, 5, 14, 23, 25, Rhigos Gardens, Nos. 31, 37, Maindy Road and No. 28 Pentyrch Street, raising the following concerns: (i) (ii) (iii) (iv) (v) The change in use to flats will not be in keeping with the character of the street, which comprises of two and three bedroom family homes. The proposed development is an over intensive use of the existing space and would jeopardise the build quality of the dwelling. The intensive use of the property as 4 flats would result in an unacceptable increase in noise levels. The proposed rear extension would block out natural light to neighbouring properties. There are currently parking pressures in the area due to nearby student accommodation and, following a petition by local residents, permit parking has been installed for parts of the street. The existing provision is aimed at family homes that have an average of one car per household, there is not enough parking provision to accommodate the proposed 4 flats. The proposed extension would block sunlight to the rear facing kitchen window and garden of No. 25 Rhigos Gardens. The proposed ground floor extension would overlook Nos. 31 & 37 Maindy Road and prejudice the privacy of the occupiers of these properties as well as that of the future occupiers of the flats The development would set an unwelcome precedence in a locality which struggles to maintain a sense of community within a large student population. Providing more rented properties owned by landlords changes the balance of occupation between owners and tenants and ultimately leads to the deterioration of the area. It seems unnecessary to create additional student accommodation at a time where student numbers are falling. There is no need for this type of accommodation, particularly as there are a large number of properties in Cathays uninhabited. Building on such a large area of garden could have implications on drainage. No external fire escape has been shown for the proposed flats.

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Jenny Rathbone, Assembly Member for Cardiff Central, advises that she has

been contacted by a constituent with concerns over the proposed development and she advises that residents have the following concerns: (i) (ii) The extension will be intrusive and reduce light to the adjoining properties and would be clearly visible at this location. The conversion into flats is overdevelopment and this kind of dense housing has an impact on the local area in terms of rubbish collection, parking, noise etc. The street still has a high proportion of permanent residents in an area that has faced challenges where many of the properties have been brought by landlords. Allowing a conversion into flats here would create a dangerous precedence that would change the nature of the local area. The Council should make a strategic decision that Cathays needs a proportion of permanent residents and should promote residents interests rather than the interests of landlords as far as they can. The loss of family homes affects the viability of local schools, crime and even the sense of local community.

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Councillor Elizabeth Clarke objects to the application for the following reasons: (i) The proposed development represents an overdevelopment of the site, it would turn a 3 bedroom family home into 4 flats which may have up to 8 people living there and there is little amenity space for each resident. There are long running parking problems in Rhigos Gardens and the Maindy Road area and the proposed development would lead to serious further parking problems on the street. It is understood that there is no precedent in Rhigos Gardens for any single storey extensions. At 3.5 metres from the house the proposed extension will be out of keeping with neighbouring properties and, as it is an end of terrace property, would be seen from the road. The plans are unclear and do not clearly outline what space will be available for residents in the flats and in terms of safety, there does not appear to be a fire escape identified from the attic rooms. The proposed extension would result in loss of light the neighbouring property.

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Councillors Sam Knight, Sarah Merry and Chris Weaver object to the application on the following grounds: (i) (ii) The size of the extension after amendment is still significant and will be intrusive and reduce light to adjoining properties. There is a particular problem in Cathays with the number of residential homes being converted to HMOs and flats the high density of population that results from this has significant impact in terms of parking, rubbish, and noise. It affects the provision of Council services in Cathays with the Council having to put huge resources into street cleansing and rubbish collections. It has also affected the numbers on

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the rolls at local schools and consequently their funding, in the past their long term viability has been called into question causing anxiety for families in the area. This small area of Cathays has already faced considerable pressure from the development of flats built behind Maindy Road, resulting in lack of parking for residents. The application is clearly overdevelopment and sets a detrimental precedent for the future. The Council needs to have a strategy for ensuring that Cathays retains a proportion of properties available for non-multi occupation households, and should put the interests of all residents, owneroccupiers and tenants, ahead of landlords as much as possible.

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Former Councillors Simon Wakefield and Jon Aylwin object to the application for the following reasons: (i) (ii) (iii) (iv) The drawings are inadequate to allow for proper assessment of the proposed development. The number of flats, and size of the proposed extension, represents an overdevelopment of the site. The extension overlooks No. 25 and any windows in the side elevation facing this property should be glazing in obscure glass. Four flats would result in 8 residents, all of which would be entitled to parking permits and there is only space for 1 car outside the property.

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A petition including 61 signatures has been submitted by the occupier of No. 25 Rhigos Gardens objecting to the application on the following grounds: (i) The ground floor extension is an overdevelopment that substantially increases the footprint of the dwelling and appears out of keeping with other dwellings in the area. The extension substantially reduces the available garden space. The extension will be overbearing and greatly reduce the natural light and visual outlook from immediate neighbours. The proposed development of 4 flats with 5 bedrooms has a possible occupancy of 10 people. An increase in tenants will bring further potential parking problems to an already congested parking area. An increase in tenants will add greatly to the potential for increased noise and disturbance.

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ANALYSIS Policy 28 of the Local Plan supports the subdivision of residential property to self-contained flats subject to appropriate provision for car parking, amenity space and refuse disposal together with appropriate external alterations. Policy 2.22 of the UDP also supports such development provided that a) the resulting residential accommodation and amenity will be satisfactory; and b) the cumulative impact of such conversions will not adversely affect the

amenity of the area. The principle of converting the existing house into flats is therefore considered acceptable. 8.2 The proposed flats all have a floorpace of 30sqm or above, which meets the minimum floorspace standards normally applied to this type of development, and all habitable rooms within the development include satisfactory outlook. It should be noted that, in respect of the proposed physical extension, the Householder Design Guide requires sufficient garden space to be retained to accommodate bin and cycle storage, washing line and useable form and location for private amenity space. A minimum of 25m2 of an appropriate shape and siting should be retained (dependent upon the context of the size of the house and garden). For larger houses, or those areas where the established character includes good sized private gardens, any extension. beyond the permitted development limit, should ensure the retention of a significant area of garden space. Proposals in this instance will be considered in relation to the character and context of the original house. The proposed development would retain more than 70sqm of shared external amenity space at the rear of the proposed extension, which would be accessible to all resident. Accordingly, it is considered that the proposed flats would offer acceptable living standards for future occupiers and does not constitute overdevelopment. 8.3 The proposed single-storey rear extension as originally submitted adjoined the boundary with No. 25 Rhigos Gardens, projected 4.5 metres beyond the rear elevation of this neighbouring property, and had a 2.9 metre high flat roof. Officers expressed concern to the agent over the design of the extension and its impact on the neighbouring occupiers and amended plans have subsequently been received illustrating the extension set in 200mm from the boundary with No. 25, reduced in length to 3.5 metres adjacent this boundary, and its roof form altered to a hipped roof that has an eaves height of 2.4 metres adjacent the boundary with No. 25 and slopes up and away from the boundary to a ridge height of 3.2 metres. It is considered that the proposed extension at a length of 3.5 metres and eaves height of 2.4 metres adjacent the boundary with No. 25 would not have an unacceptable impact on the amenities of the neighbouring occupiers in terms of overshadowing or overbearing. The extension is located a significant distance from all other residential properties and would not prejudice the privacy of the neighbouring occupies. The proposed extension, as amended, is subservient to the main dwelling and incorporates a slate pitched roof, which is in keeping with the roof of the main dwelling and garage. The extension is subservient to the main dwelling and retains adequate rear gardens space. Accordingly, it is considered that the proposed extension would not have an adverse impact on the street scene and does not constitute an overdevelopment of the site.

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The site plan submitted with the application indicates that a bin storage area would be provided for residents of the flats within the enclosed rear garden of the property. The Operational Manager, Waste Management, is satisfied with this arrangement provided adequate facilities are provided, which can be secured by a condition (see condition 4). The concerns raised in respect of parking are noted. The site is well located in relation to public transport services (see paragraph 5.1) and the site includes a 6 metre wide detached garage that is capable of accommodating 1 - 2 cars. In addition to this off-street parking, Rhigos Gardens includes resident parking, and unrestricted parking is available adjacent the site on Maindy Road. Accordingly, subject to appropriate conditions that ensure cycle parking and garage parking is provided and retained at the site, it is considered that adequate parking provision would be available for future residents and therefore an objection to the proposal on parking grounds cannot be sustained. The concerns over the need for additional flats, the loss of family homes and wider impact of such flat conversions on the area are noted. However, information from Private Sector Housing shows that there are currently no registered HMOs in Rhigos Gardens, no licensed HMOs in the 14 properties at the rear along Pentyrch Street, 1 HMO on Gelligaer Gardens, and of the 41 properties between Nos. 1-81 (odds), there are 3 licensed HMOs. The Councils current adopted planning policy supports the conversion of residential properties into flats (see paragraph 8.1) and, given the above facts and the fact that there are no consented flats on this street, it is considered that there is no policy grounds to warrant a refusal of the application in terms of character or over concentration. In terms of other concerns raised, not addressed above: There is no evidence to warrant a refusal on the grounds of pressure to Council Services. If a noise nuisance were to arise from the proposed flats it would be subject to normal statutory noise complaints procedures and controls which are covered by the Councils Pollution Control Service. The submitted plans are considered sufficient to allow for proper assessment of the proposal. There are other properties in Rhigos Gardens that have single-storey rear extensions. The requirement to provide appropriate drainage from the proposed extension, and fire escapes within the building, are covered by Building Regulations. It is considered that, subject to appropriate conditions, the proposed development complies with adopted planning policy and, as such, approval of the application would not set an undesirable precedent. In view of the above, it is recommended that planning permission be granted, subject to conditions.

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LOCAL MEMBER OBJECTION COMMITTEE DATE: APPLICATION No. ED: APP: TYPE: APPLICANT: LOCATION: PROPOSAL: 12/09/2012 12/00309/DCI PLASNEWYDD Full Planning Permission APPLICATION DATE: 29/02/2012

LG Urban Developments Ltd LAND AT OXFORD STREET, ROATH, CARDIFF, CF24 3DT 279 BED UPMARKET STUDENT ACCOMMODATION TAILORED TO INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS AND POSTGRADUATES ___________________________________________________________________ RECOMMENDATION 1: That, subject to the relevant parties entering into a binding agreement with the Council under S106 of The Town and Country Planning Act 1990 with respect to issues raised in section 9 of this report that Planning Permission be GRANTED subject to the following conditions: 1. 2. C01 Statutory Time Limit No development shall take place until a comprehensive scheme of foul and surface water drainage for the development has been submitted to and approved in writing by the local planning authority; the approved scheme shall be implemented in full prior to the occupation of any accommodation hereby approved. Reason: To ensure for a sustainable drainage solution The drainage scheme required by condition 2 shall include for a report on the practicality of utilizing Sustainable Urban Drainage techniques (SUDs) for the disposal of surface water from the development based on the results of ground permeability testing. Reason: To ensure that the potential for utilizing SUDs has been appropriately investigated with the aim of reducing/attenuating the volume of surface water flows entering the public drainage system. No part of the development hereby permitted shall be commenced until a scheme detailing the measures necessary for the purpose of monitoring gases generated on the site or land adjoining thereto and for any measures necessary to protect the development has been submitted to and approved in writing by the Local Planning Authority. Any such scheme shall provide details of measures that are required to ensure the safe and inoffensive dispersal or management of gases and to prevent lateral migration of gases into or from land surrounding the application site. Gases includes landfill gases, vapours from

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contaminated land sites, and naturally occurring methane and carbon dioxide, but does not include radon gas. All measures specified in the above scheme shall (unless otherwise agreed in writing) be undertaken and completed prior to any development commencing or in accordance with a timetable as shall be previously agreed in writing with the Local Planning Authority and the measures shall be retained and maintained until such time as the Local Planning Authority agree in writing. Reason: To ensure that the safety of future occupiers is not prejudiced. 5. No part of the development hereby permitted shall be commenced until a scheme detailing the measures necessary for the purposes of identifying chemical and other contaminants on the site and to ensure that the land is suitable for the proposed development has been submitted to and approved in writing by the Local Planning Authority. Any such scheme shall include details of any measures necessary to protect future occupiers/users of the land from chemical and other contaminants. All measures in the approved scheme shall be undertaken in accordance with a timetable which shall be agreed in writing with the Local Planning Authority. Reason: To ensure that the safety of future occupiers is not prejudiced. Any aggregate (other than virgin quarry stone) or recycled aggregate material to be imported shall be assessed for chemical or other potential contaminants in accordance with a scheme of investigation to be submitted to and approved in writing by the Local Planning Authority in advance of its importation. Only material approved by the Local Planning Authority shall be imported. All measures specified in the approved scheme shall be undertaken in accordance with the relevant Code of Practice and Guidance Notes. Subject to approval of the above, verification sampling of the material received at the development site is required to verify that the imported aggregate is free from contamination and shall be undertaken in accordance with a scheme agreed with in writing by the LPA. Reason: To ensure that the safety of future occupiers is not prejudiced. 7. No part of the development shall be commenced until a scheme of construction management has been submitted to and approved by the Local Planning Authority, to include as required details of site hoardings, site access and wheel washing facilities. Construction of the development shall be managed strictly in accordance with the scheme so approved. Reason: In the interests of highway safety and public amenity.

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No part of the development hereby permitted shall be commenced until a scheme of environmental improvements to Castle Lane, Oxford Street, Oxford Lane and Vere Street adjacent to the site has been submitted to and approval in writing by the LPA. The scheme should include as required, but not be limited to, the provision of an enhanced lighting scheme to Castle Lane, the construction of the proposed access crossover on Oxford Street; the widening of the footway on the development side of Vere Street between City Road and Oxford Street, with consideration to making this one way operation; the resurfacing as required of the remaining footways, including the northern footway of Oxford Lane between City Road and Oxford Street; the creation of a contraflow cycle lane on Oxford Lane between Oxford Street and Wordsworth Avenue; to include surfacing, kerbs, edging, drainage, lighting, lining, signing and Traffic Orders as may be required as a consequence of the scheme. The agreed scheme to be implemented to the satisfaction of the LPA prior to beneficial occupation of the site. Reason: To facilitate appropriately safe and efficient access to the proposed development and mitigate against any otherwise potentially adverse impact on surrounding residences and businesses in the interests of highway and pedestrian safety. No part of the development hereby permitted shall be occupied until a travel/parking/traffic/resident/letting management plan to include, but not limited to, the promotion of public transport and other alternatives to the private car; the management of traffic at the start and end of term; the control of vehicular access to the site; the exclusion and control of student resident car parking within the site and surrounding area, has been submitted to and approved by the Local Planning Authority. The travel/parking/traffic/resident/letting management plan shall thereafter be implemented in accordance with the approved details and thereafter be so maintained. Reason: in the interest of highway safety and to regulate the impact of the development on use of the adjacent highway. Doors and ground floor windows must be designed and installed in such a way as to prevent them opening outward over any public footway or adopted highway. Reason: In the interest of pedestrian safety. C20 Architectural Detailing E1B Samples of Materials The consent relates to the application as amended by the revised plans received on 20 August 2012 and additional information received on 28 August 2012, attached to and forming part of this planning application. Reason: The plans amend and form part of the application.

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A scheme of sound insulation works to the floor/ceiling and party wall structures between any communal areas (including but not limited to any ancillary A3 areas) and any residential accommodation within the development shall be submitted to and agreed by the Local Planning Authority in writing and implemented prior to occupation. Reason: To ensure that the amenities of residents within the development are protected. There shall be no arrival, departure, loading or unloading of delivery or service vehicles outside of the hours of 08:00 and 20:00 on any day. Reason: To ensure that the amenities of residential occupiers within the development and amenities of occupiers/users of nearby premises are protected. The rating level of the noise emitted from any fixed plant and equipment on the site shall not exceed the existing background noise level at any time by more than 5dB(A) at any residential property when measured and corrected in accordance with BS 4142: 1997(or any British Standard amending or superseding that standard). Reason: To ensure that the amenities of residential occupiers within the development and amenities of occupiers/users of nearby premises are protected. Notwithstanding the provisions of the Town and Country Planning (Use Classes) Order 1987 (or any order revoking and re-enacting that Order with or without modification) The ancillary cafe use shall only be operated as such shall not be used for any other purpose or operated as an independent planning unit. Reason: To ensure that the amenities of residential occupiers within the development and amenities of occupiers/users of nearby premises are protected. Notwithstanding the provisions of the Town and Country Planning (Use Classes) Order 1987 (or any order revoking and re-enacting that Order with or without modification) no sale of hot food for consumption off the premises shall take place from the caf element of the premises. Reason: To ensure that the amenities of residential occupiers within the development and amenities of occupiers/users of nearby premises are protected. The extraction of all fumes from any commercial food preparation areas shall be mechanically extracted to a point to be agreed in writing by the Local Planning Authority, and the extraction system shall be provided with a de-odorising filter. All equipment shall be so mounted and installed so as not to give rise to any noise nuisance or visual intrusion. Details of the above equipment including the chimney shall be submitted to, and approved by the Local Planning Authority in writing and the equipment installed prior to the commencement of any

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cooking of food. The equipment shall thereafter be maintained in accordance with the manufacturers' guidelines, such guidelines having first been submitted to and approved in writing by the Local Planning Authority. Reason: To ensure that the amenities of residential occupiers within the development and amenities of occupiers/users of nearby premises are protected. 20. The caf shall not operate outside of the hours of 07:00 and 22:00 Mon-Sat or outside of the hours of 09.00 and 22.00 Sundays. Reason: To ensure that the amenities of residential occupiers within the development and amenities of occupiers/users of nearby premises are protected. No development shall be commenced until there has been submitted to and approved in writing by the local planning authority a scheme of landscaping ,which shall include details of all hard surfaced / paved areas, tree and other planting. All approved hard landscaping shall be implemented prior to the occupation of the accommodation hereby approved and any soft landscaping within a timetable to be agreed with the local planning authority but no later than the end of the first available planting season following occupation of the development . Reason: To maintain and improve the appearance of the area, the development and enhance the privacy and amenity of occupants. Any topsoil [natural or manufactured],or subsoil, to be imported shall be assessed for chemical or other potential contaminants in accordance with a scheme of investigation to be submitted to and approved in writing by the Local Planning Authority in advance of its importation. Only material approved by the Local Planning Authority shall be imported. All measures specified in the approved scheme shall be undertaken in accordance with the relevant Code of Practice and Guidance Notes. Subject to approval of the above, verification sampling of the material received at the development site is required to verify that the imported soil is free from contamination and shall be undertaken in accordance with a scheme agreed with in writing by the LPA. Reason: To ensure that the safety of future occupiers is not prejudiced. 23. No part of the development hereby permitted shall be occupied until the 142 cycle parking spaces indicated on the approved plans have been proved on site; thereafter the cycle parking spaces shall be retained and maintained and shall not be used for any other purpose. Reason: To ensure that adequate provision is made for the secure parking of cycles and to promote the use of sustainable transport.

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Notwithstanding the details provided on submitted drawings, the development shall be provided with a maximum of 11 car parking spaces for operational purposes only, and no other car parking spaces shall be provided. The 11 Car Parking spaces shall be laid out in accordance with a scheme of detail which shall first have been submitted to and approved by the Local Planning Authority in writing and be made available for the parking of vehicles prior to the beneficial use of the development. The parking spaces shall thereafter be so maintained and shall be used for operational parking space only and for no other purpose. Reason: To ensure for a sustainable transport solution. C1P BREEAM - (Non Res) Overarching Condition C1Q BREEAM - (Non Res) Pre-Commencement C1R BREEAM - (Non Res) Post Construction

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a site which does not benefit from an appropriate waste management license. The following must not be imported to a development site: Unprocessed / unsorted demolition wastes. Any materials originating from a site confirmed as being contaminated or potentially contaminated by chemical or radioactive substances. Japanese Knotweed stems, leaves and rhizome infested soils. In addition to section 33 above, it is also an offence under the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981 to spread this invasive weed; and (iii) the safe development and secure occupancy of the site rests with the developer.

Proposals for areas of possible land instability should take due account of the physical and chemical constraints and may include action on land reclamation or other remedial action to enable beneficial use of unstable land. The Local Planning Authority has determined the application on the basis of the information available to it, but this does not mean that the land can be considered free from contamination. RECOMMENDATION 5: The highway works condition above and any other works to the existing public highway (to be undertaken by the developer) are to be subject to an agreement under Section 278 Highways Act 1980 between the developer and Local Highway Authority. RECOMMENDATION 6: All ground floor doors and windows should be installed to meet the Police Secured by Design standards. 1. 1.1 DESCRIPTION OF PROPOSED DEVELOPMENT This proposal was first presented to planning committee on 15th Aug 2012, but consideration of the application was deferred for the purpose of a site visit which took place on 5th Sept 2012. Since last presentation the Architect has submitted amended plans which alter fenestration arrangements to the Castle Lane elevation; a sunpath analysis which confirms no impact on residential properties to the east, and an aerial photograph of the site when covered with substantial buildings. The Architect also confirms that as a study hotel the building will have a concierge service, 24hr security and offer a high level of pastoral care. 1.2 This detailed application relates to redevelopment of a vacant site for 279 postgraduate student bed spaces in, principally, 4 storey height accommodation arranged in a courtyard formation with residential blocks forming the boundaries of the site and with an open central amenity area. The

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scheme currently tabled includes for 1 disabled and 13 standard operational parking spaces and 142 Cycle spaces accessed from Oxford Street. The development would also contain a small ancillary caf within its reception area. 1.3 Waste storage and service installations would be accommodated within a ground level undercroft on the Oxford St side of the development and waste would be collected from that road. Externally the building would be finished in white render above a Staffordshire blue brick plinth and with coloured infill panels in primary red blue and yellow colours. The internal courtyard would be similarly finished with added panels of Staffordshire blue brick at higher levels. The inner courtyard would be landscaped in a mixture of hard and soft materials and would contain managed tree planting. The building has achieved a BREEAM pre-assessment score of 63.4 credits allowing for 10% renewable energy, and achieves a Very Good sustainability rating under this methodology DESCRIPTION OF SITE The application site relates to cleared rectangle of land (76 x 42m - 0.31 h) on the corner of Vere Street and Oxford Street in Plasnewydd (forming the N and E boundaries of the site). A rear service lane (Castle Lane) forms the western boundary and separates the site from the rear of properties at 2242(e) City Road. To the South, the site is abutted by a single storey industrial unit with ancillary parking area (Minerva Laboratories and Ultrawave Ltd). The application site is located in an area with a mix of uses including storage / commercial buildings to the east and south, residential units to the south-east (Roden Court), a local authority playground to the north, and the rear of principally Class A1 shop and A3 food and drink premises (some with residential flats / storage above) to the west. The surrounding area is characterised by a mix of one, two and three storey properties with notably taller buildings at Longcross Court on Newport Road and Coleg Glan Hafren to the west. SITE HISTORY A full application (07/2117/C) for 104 No. 1 and 2 bedroomed flats was resolved to be Granted Planning Permission in January 2008 subject to the signing of a legal agreement for commuted payments in respect of Community Facilities, Transportation Improvements and in lieu of Amenity Space Provision totalling approximately 171,000 and to realise 30% affordable housing accommodation on site (20% social rented

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accommodation + 10% low cost home ownership). The legal agreement has not been progressed. 3.2 A full application, 07/350/C, for 110 one and two bed flats over 3, 4 and 5 storeys was refused permission on 19 July 2007 principally because of lack of affordable housing; overdevelopment; privacy for prospective residents compromised by courtyard layout; substandard access via Castle Lane; and, insufficient distance behind parking spaces. Two outline planning applications (siting and means of access identified) were submitted in 2005 (05/541/C southern part of the site, and 05/542/C northern part) for a phased residential redevelopment with a total of 106 flats and 87 parking spaces on the entire Minerva Dental site. These applications were reported to Planning Committee in August 2005 and Committee resolved to grant both outline consents subject to the signing of a Section 106 Agreement. Again, the legal agreements have not been progressed. POLICY FRAMEWORK Planning Policy Wales (2002) Planning Policy Wales TAN12: Design Adopted City of Cardiff Local Plan (January 1996): Policy 11 (Design and Aesthetic Quality) Policy 17 (Parking and Servicing Facilities) Policy 18 (Provision for Cyclists) Policy 31 (Residential Open Space Requirement) Policy 40 (City Road Area) Cardiff Unitary Development Plan (Deposit Written Statement October 2003): Policy 2.20 (Good Design) Policy 2.24 (Residential Amenity) Policy 2.26 (Open Space, Recreation and Leisure) Policy 2.36 (City Road Area) Policy 2.57 (Access, Circulation and Parking Requirements) Supplementary Planning Guidance - Waste Collection and Storage Facilities (March 2007) - Open Space (January 1999) - Access, Circulation and Parking Requirements (June 2006) - Community Facilities and Residential Development (March 2006) INTERNAL CONSULTEE RESPONSES Transport Infrastructure and Waste (Transport Policy) The submission has been assessed and is considered acceptable subject to the following comments, conditions and S106 matters:

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Conditions: Standard Cycle Parking condition C3S modified to specify a minimum of 50% of total bedroom numbers (min. 140 spaces) under cover and secure for residential use; Combined Travel and Student Accommodation Traffic Management Plan condition Highway works condition Construction management plan condition Outward opening doors/windows Doors and ground floor windows are to be constructed and installed in such a way as to prevent them opening outward over the public footway. Reason: In the interest of pedestrian safety.

Section 106 contribution: A financial contribution of 3,120 towards additional traffic order modifications that may be required as a consequence of the development. Second Recommendation: The highway works condition and any other works to the existing public highway (to be undertaken by the developer) are to be subject to an agreement under Section 278 Highways Act 1980 between the developer and Local Highway Authority. Comments: Original Scheme In respect of the scheme as originally submitted (which had 10 operational parking spaces), the Transportation Officer had the following comments: The adopted Access, Circulation and Parking Standards SPG confirms that up to one parking space per 25 beds may be provided for operational use, amounting to a maximum of 11 spaces for the proposed development; there is no requirement for on site resident or visitor car parking. I am therefore satisfied that subject to the cycle parking condition, the application is compliant with adopted parking policy. I am also satisfied, subject to agreement of the Traffic Management Plan, that there is sufficient capacity within Oxford Street to manage the arrival and departure of the student residents at the start and end term. This approach is consistent with a number of other similar student residences. It should be noted that the incoming student residents would not qualify for Resident Parking Permits, that the letting/management plan will control

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vehicle access to and student car parking within the site and surrounding area, and that a contribution is sought towards making any TRO modifications that may be required as a consequence of the development. The site is also located within easy reach of a well served, high frequency main bus corridor (Newport Road) as well as the City Road District Centre, with both inbound and outbound stops/services. As a result the site is within easy reach of a wide range of local facilities on City Road as well as the City Centre. I am satisfied that the development will not have a detrimental impact on the use of the surrounding highway network and therefore have no objection to the application subject to the above conditions, S106 and other comments. Amended Proposals Further Observations were sought in respect of the amended proposals (which show 14 operational car parking spaces) and raised objection from the Transportation Officer as the additional operational spaces; could not be justified and exceeded the ratio approved in the Councils Supplementary Planning Guidance (11 operational spaces). This objection is maintained and a condition to limit the number of operational spaces to accord with the SPG advised. 5.2 Pollution Control: Contamination: The site of the proposed development has a history of being a former water treatment works, with reservoirs which were subsequently infilled. Therefore there is a potential for contamination to be present, and given the sensitive end use of residential development an appropriate assessment of the risks from contamination and ground gases should be undertaken. Therefore the following conditions are recommended: Ground gas protection; contaminated land measures; imported soils; imported aggregates; together with a contamination and unstable land advisory notice Noise: Require conditions in respect of a scheme of sound insulation works; opening hours 08:00 -23:30 delivery times 08:00 - 20:00; plant noise; together with a construction site advisory notice. Air Pollution: Require conditions in respect of no takeaway sales; kitchen extraction; 5.3 Parks Services The Councils Supplementary Planning Guidance - Open Space requires provision of a satisfactory level and standard of open space on all new

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housing/student developments, or an off-site contribution towards existing open space for smaller scale developments where new on-site provision is not applicable. The central courtyard open space is a very positive element of the design which will undoubtedly add to the quality of scheme, both for students using the courtyard and also when viewed from the rooms. However as the courtyard will be a private space only available to students using the accommodation, rather than the general public, the developers are required to make a financial contribution towards the provision of open space off-site, or the improvement (including design and maintenance) of existing open space in the locality. Based on the information given, allowing for an occupancy rate of 279 the contribution will be 147,816. It will be necessary for the applicant and the Council to enter into a Section 106 Agreement to secure payment of the contribution. 5.4 Strategic Planning Officer There are no land use policy concerns. As there are no onsite communal facilities provided in the proposed student accommodation, an off site contribution of 410 per person would be required. Based on the information given we would request a contribution of 114,390. This is calculated on the following basis: 279 one bedroom student accommodations: (410pp) 410 x 279 = 114,390 5.5 Highways (Drainage) The applicant has indicated an intention to discharge surface water that will be generated by the proposed development to a 'Main' (Public) Sewer and it is not clear whether the use of infiltration techniques such as soakaway drainage has been investigated. Conditions to secure such investigation and a comprehensive drainage scheme for the site are requested. 5.6 Highways (Waste) The highways officer had concerns over collection vehicle manoeuvring in respect of the original intention to service the site from Castle Lane. The intent under the revised scheme is to service the development from Oxford St. and further comments are awaited, but would appear to alleviate any concerns.

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EXTERNAL CONSULTEE RESPONSES South Wales Police (Architectural Liaison): South Wales Police have no objection but do have concerns that this accommodation is aimed at a potentially vulnerable group of people (students) and is located in a high crime rate area close to City Road where there are high incidents of anti-social behaviour and assault. There is there a need to ensure that this building if approved is built to recognised standards in terms of security and safety such as Secured by Design. Welsh Water Advise of the likely location of a public sewer crossing the site; and make several observations in respect of foul, surface and land drainage run off. These have been passed to the agent. Western Power Advise of the likely location of electrical apparatus in the vicinity of the site and advise care should be taken and safe working practices adhered to. REPRESENTATIONS Former and current Local Members have been consulted on the proposals. Cllr McGarry has written to covey: I am writing to strongly object to the above planning application for 279 bed student accommodation. I have grave concerns regarding the parking provision included in the plans: 10 parking places for 279 people seems far too few. I realise that the idea is to discourage students from bringing their cars, but these plans assume that the students will be discouraged. I know, from long experience, that the majority of students DO have cars and DO bring them with them to university. The impact on the residents living nearby will be severe. I ask that the planners re-look at this and provide many more parking spaces. There are 142 cycling bays in the plans. These are not going to be used: I doubt if even a quarter of them are needed. Some of this space could be used for car parking. Also, the area with trees planted could be used. Students do not need a leafy area and the area certainly cannot be seen from neighbouring properties. This brings me on to another reason for my objection: This is planned to be a four storey building. The impact on the view and the light to the properties behind it will be detrimental. In particular, the properties at the end of Southey Street, and those in Woodland Place and Cowper Place and Cowper Court. Also, that area is a conservation area and to see a high, ugly building beside these period properties would look incongruous.

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I also have worries about students living in an area that is predominantly an area where elderly people live. There is a public house on the corner just down the road from the proposed student accommodation. The noise and the behaviour associated with students and drinking establishments would impact on the quality of life of the other residents around. The population in our ward is already very concentrated. To bring in another 250/300 people will affect all the local services. For instance, doctors surgeries. It will also increase street litter problems. Finally, I have concerns that the traffic down Oxford Street will increase if these flats are allowed to go ahead. Also the residents will be affected by the construction period and the impact of lorries and cranes and the noise associated with them. 7.2 Neighbouring occupiers have been consulted and the proposals have been advertised on site and in the press. Objections/Concerns have been received from residents/interests at 3b, 6, and 8 Southey Street; 6 Wordsworth Ave; 10 and 55 Four Elms Court; 6 Vere St; 10 Woodland Place; 1 Cowper Place; 1, 5 and 6 Cowper Court; 11 Roden Court, and from 3 e-mail accounts (one passed on by former Cllr. Rodney Berman). The majority of objections/concerns relate to inadequate parking provision to serve the development and feared resultant overspill parking in nearby side streets; but also to Narrow Street widths for service vehicles; traffic congestion and inadequate manoeuvring space; conflict of use with vehicle movements associated with existing commercial operations in the area; Scale of the building; Overshadowing; Privacy; Overlooking; Overbearing impact; noise and chaos from young boisterous people in conflict with elderly residential accommodation; exacerbation of anti-social behaviour in Castle Lane; exacerbation of alcohol related problems in City Road, and proximity of Wetherspoons and the Old Poets Corner; increased footfall /noise and disturbance cause by access on Oxford St; alternative use/lettings over summer break; not possible to guarantee post-grad or foreign student occupation; unnecessary accommodation; site more suited to retirement apartments; impact on the character of the conservation area; excessive burden on utilities (water, gas, drainage, electricity), and disproportionate increase in the transient population. An e-mail commentator supports the proposal, in principle, but would encourage a reduction in numbers to circa 200 students in a three storey building.

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ANALYSIS Land Use Whilst the use applied for is a sui-generis use (not falling within any defined use class), it is similar in most respects to a residential use. Historically there has been no objection in principle to residential use of the site which has been long established (07/02117/C - 05/541 and 05/542). The application site falls within the City Road area as defined in the City of Cardiff Local Plan. As such, Policy 40 of the Local Plan and Policy 2.36 of the deposit UDP apply. Residential development is favoured in the City Road Area under Policy 40 of the Local Plan. Policy 2.36 of the deposit UDP allows residential uses in the City Road area subject to consideration of harm to the shopping frontages or the shopping role and character of the centre. Given that the site does not front City Road and would not result in the loss of shopping floorspace, it would be difficult to argue that the proposal for an ancillary caf within the development would have an adverse impact on shopping frontages or harm the shopping character of the centre. The proposal therefore raises no strategic land use concerns.

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will discourage the majority of residents from car ownership / parking within the vicinity. Suggestions that the student cycle area or even amenity space provision within the courtyard would be better used for residential car parking are noted, and the architect has indicated that this could be provided. However, the planning officer would strongly resist this, as limited parking space as opposed to an absolute absence of residential parking space would encourage greater use / misuse of the highways and could lead to anti-social behaviour, arguments over rights of usage which a nil provision would avoid. The Architect is also keen to point out that the development is envisaged / to be marketed as a study hotel for international students who would not bring cars with them. 8.3 Access The Transportation Officers comments are noted, and the upgrading and modifications of the local highway network to accommodate the development have been considered against the relevant CIL criteria and have been considered to meet relevant tests, in that they are considered by the planning officer to be necessary to make the development acceptable in planning terms, directly related to it; and reasonable and proportionate in scale and kind to the proposal. In terms of access, initial proposals relied on servicing the development from Castle Lane. This has now been abandoned and access is now proposed off Oxford Street. This has raised some objection in respect of increasing activity along Oxford St, both generally and in respect of service vehicles and cycles accessing the undercroft cycle store, and students on foot who would likely use the Oxford St. entrance to access their bedsit accommodation in the SE corner of the development. However it is not considered that such use should result in any undue disturbance if service vehicles were restricted to within certain hours and because other entrances to the accommodation are available and promoted. (The principal entrance to the majority of bedspaces would be from Vere Street). Ultimately, Oxford St is an adopted highway and capable of accommodating increased vehicle movements. The Transportation Officer is looking to realise a one-way arrangement to the highway network prior to the beneficial occupation of the development which would improve on existing traffic management in the locality. The highway would not see any increase in vehicles looking for residential parking space as none are provided, and Oxford St itself would continue to be subject to traffic Orders. Special arrangements would be made for the beginning and end of term, but this is not considered an unreasonable imposition on local residents for potentially a maximum of 6 weekends per year.

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Provision for Cyclists The development allows for the provision of 142 on site cycle parking spaces which accords with current SPG and is considered acceptable. Suggestions that this space would be better utilised for car parking would be counter to the Councils sustainable transport objectives.

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Design and Aesthetic Quality The complex is based on a courtyard arrangement of perimeter blocks with central amenity area. This is supported as it allows the incorporation of an amenity area into the development and an attractive living environment for residents. The massing of the blocks is very similar to the previous approved schemes of flatted development and would be principally of four storey height. The blocks are shown as being generally over a meter lower (11.2m) than the previously approved development (12.6m) for the majority of the length of the building; but would be a little higher (12.7m) at its Vere St. end in comparison to that previously approved (11.3m). This is not objected to in design terms. Externally the building would be finished in white render above a Staffordshire blue brick plinth and with primary red blue and yellow infill panels. The internal courtyard would be similarly finished with added panels of Staffordshire blue brick at higher levels. The inner courtyard would be landscaped in a mixture of hard and soft materials and would contain managed tree planting. The upper elements of the roofscape would be in vertical silver grey aluminium shingles; and louvers, fenestration, and doors would be in dark grey powder coated aluminium. The aesthetic of the building is supported in the given context. The building will be required to meet extant sustainability standards and achieve a Very Good BREEAM rating or equivalent. This is appropriate.

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Using the residential breakdown provided in the application, the financial contribution required is 147,816. The requested contribution is considered compliant with the relevant CIL tests. 8.8 Residential Amenity The Planning Officer notes a number of objections on grounds of scale, privacy, loss of light, light pollution and noise nuisance. 8.9 Scale In the given context of traditional three storey properties on City Road, taller developments along Newport Rd and the commercial nature of surrounding development, a four storey development is not considered excessive, and sufficiently far away from residential properties in Roden Court (17m), Woodland Place (28m), Wordsworth Avenue (84m) and Cowper Place (25m), not to result in any unduly adverse impacts on enjoyment of those properties by residents in respect of outlook. Given the nature of the surrounding built environment and past planning approvals it would be extremely difficult to justify a refusal of permission in terms of scale as the building is generally lower than those previously approved. The Architect has also provided an aerial photograph of the site from a few years ago which shows the site covered in a number of substantial buildings. He considers that although a number of residents may have became familiar with the site as a vacant plot, that previous building heights and relationships are material. This is accepted 8.10 Overshadowing/Privacy Similarly, these buildings were considered unlikely to result in significant overshadowing of residential properties around the site, and, as this building is generally lower its impact would be less. It is considered very unlikely that the development would reduce the amount of daylight receipt to residential accommodation which would warrant refusal of the scheme. The architect has, at the request of the planning officer, commissioned a sunpath / shadow analysis of the impact of the building. This confirms no negative implication for residential properties in Woodland Place or Cowper Place. In response to the specific concerns raised by the owner of Michael Powell Art, 6 Vere Street, it is accepted that the building would deny morning

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sunlight to the Castle Lane elevation of 6 Vere Street but this is currently a commercial property and has alternative windows in the Vere Street elevation. It is also considered, in respect of sunlight receipt that the overall impact of the proposal when compared with previously approved schemes is not significantly different as the overall mass of the building to the south of 6 Vere Street would have countered the reduced height of the building in the immediate location of 6 Vere Street after a very short time. It is also noted that the planning permission 07/883/C for the conversion of the property to two flats with roof garden, granted in June 2007, has now expired without implementation. Any future development proposals at 6 Vere Street would need to be considered on their relative merits in the context of any future development. Notwithstanding this however, it is recognised that the two first floor, and upper level windows (which serve a drawing office), in that property would have been within 4m of windows within the new accommodation; accordingly the architect has re-orientated/rearranged internal layouts to mitigate against this overlooking. Amended plans showing north facing windows to relevant rooms are now considered acceptable. 8.11 Light Pollution A resident of Cowper Court has commented that night time illumination from Maplins on City Road is sometimes irritating at a distance of some 128m from windows in their property and is concerned that the new development which, at 25m away, is much closer, will be proportionately worse and unacceptable. The planning officer accepts that the new proposals will bring windows in habitable rooms significantly closer to Cowper Court than the commercial windows of retail shops in City Road, however, at a distance of 25m this is not considered unreasonable or uncommon in the context of privacy distances of circa 21m between habitable room windows in new build developments. 8.12 Noise Nuisance The proposal includes an ancillary A3 coffee shop use adjacent to its reception area accessed from Vere Street. Provided this were conditioned to be restricted to an ancillary use, and with curtailment of operational hours this is not considered an objectionable facility. Hours of servicing can also be appropriately controlled by planning condition. It is accepted that students are more likely to participate in the late night economy than occupants of other types of residential accommodation, and perhaps be more likely to return home at later hours than occupants of general needs or retirement accommodation. However it is anticipated that most students would be returning on foot, and noted that the principal

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entrance to the complex is positioned well away from any existing residence. It is also noted that City Road itself offers an existing late night economy/activity and it is not considered likely that the proposed complex of student residences would produce a level of noise or disturbance in excess of that already experienced in the area. This would similarly apply during daytime hours where general traffic noise an activity in city road would be unlikely to be exceeded by general activities within the accommodation. 8.13 Community Facilities The SPG for Community Facilities and Residential Development was formally adopted by Council on 22nd March 2007. The SPG was adopted to provide guidance on national and local planning policy which highlights the importance of the planning system in ensuring that the infrastructure on which communities depend is adequate to accommodate proposed development. Policy 21 of the City of Cardiff Local Plan (adopted January 1996) supports the provision of community facilities as part of new residential developments. It is also in accord with Planning Policy Wales which supports the negotiation of planning obligations and states Contributions from developers may be used to offset negative consequences of development, to help meet local needs, or to secure benefits which will make development more sustainable. The development manager accepts the comments of the strategic planning officer in respect of the fact that a development proposing a significant increase in population, such as this, would create pressures on existing local facilities that need to be offset via financial contribution. The requested contribution is therefore considered compliant with the relevant CIL tests. It is understood that the requested sum of 114,390 might be used to support and improve existing facilities at the Councils own Plasnewydd Community Centre on Shakespeare Street; at the Mackintosh Sports and Social club and the Gate Arts and Community Centre on Keppoch Street, all of which are likely to experience added pressure as a result of the new population. This would seem appropriate. 8.14 Other Issues The site would be more suitable for retirement or family housing No such proposals have been put forward. The local planning authority can only determine such proposals as are placed before it. There is no guarantee of occupation by post graduate students or that the accommodation would be alternatively occupied in summer break.

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The application description is specific in respect of the use of the development and planning permission would be required for any alternative use not of the same character. Excessive burden on utilities None of the utility providers have suggested that the development would have any adverse effect on supply. Foul and surface water drainage are subject of detailed approval by means of planning condition. Excessive burden on services and increase litter The site is centrally located to a number of Doctors surgeries on City Rd, and Newport Road and to the New GP and dental facilities which are scheduled to open in Cardiff Royal Infirmary next year. There has been no evidence submitted to suggest that student halls produce a disproportionate amount of litter. The proposals indicate appropriate refuse storage for the use intended. Residents would be affected by construction activity. The impact of construction activities would be no different to those experienced in respect of any other development. The building is high and ugly and inappropriate adjacent to a conservation area. It is accepted that the aesthetic is subjective, but the building is not considered to be of an unacceptable appearance. It is also considered sufficiently far away from residential property frontages within the conservation area not to have any adverse impact on the character and appearance of that area. Disproportionate increase in the transient population. This issue is raised in respect of a perception that transient occupiers have less regard to the condition of their accommodation and surroundings. It is accepted that in converted housing with absentee landlords, that this can be an issue. However the advantage of this scheme is that it is a purpose built managed scheme where tenancy and the behaviour of students and maintenance of the accommodation are in the best interests of the operator. There is no reason to suggest that the development would not be well managed and kept in good order or that residents students who are post graduate or international students would not wish to maintain their living environment in a good condition.

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The architect has confirmed that unlike the student accommodation, this study hotel will have a concierge service, 24hr security, and a large degree of pastoral care. In respect of any physical impact on the fabric of the conservation area, It is considered unlikely that occupation of the premises by students would have any direct impact on the character or appearance of properties in the conservation area which for the most part are separated from the development site by other buildings, and which because of the cul-de-sac nature of Wordsworth Ave, students would have no reason to visit. 9. 9.1 SECTION 106 MATTERS Section 106 Agreement Planning Permission is only recommended to be Granted subject to the developer entering into a binding legal agreement with the local planning authority under S106 of the Town and Country Planning Act 1990 to cover the following: Agreement that the site is to be used for student accommodation only. The payment of a contribution of 3,120 for the modification of traffic orders in the locality. The payment of a contribution of 147,816 for the provision/maintenance of open space in the locality. The payment of a contribution of 114,390 for the procurement/support of community facilities within the area. The applicants agent has been advised of these requests and has to date raised no objection to the provision. 9.2 Grampian Provisions The submission and implementation of a scheme of highway improvements/public realm enhancements to be approved by the local planning authority prior to the commencement of development; to be implemented in full prior to the occupation of any accommodation approved by this permission can be secured by means of Grampian condition as the affected land is within the Councils control and need not be part of the S106 legal agreement. The applicant is aware of this requirement.

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12/09/2012 APPLICATION DATE: 29/06/2012

APPLICATION No. 12/974/DCI ED: APP: TYPE: APPLICANT: LOCATION: RIVERSIDE

Full Planning Permission

Cardiff Islamic Centre MITRE HOTEL, 10-12 WYNDHAM STREET, RIVERSIDE, CARDIFF, CF11 6DQ PROPOSAL: CONVERSION OF GROUND FLOOR PUB TO COMMUNITY CLASSROOMS AND ALTERATIONS TO EXISTING FLAT OVER ___________________________________________________________________ RECOMMENDATION 1: That planning permission be GRANTED subject to the following conditions: 1. This permission grants consent for the mixed use of the premises as a four bedroom flat (Use Class C3) and for a teaching room (Use Class D1) with ancillary toilet and storage facilities, an outside seating / play area, together with a single operational parking space, (with facility for prayer but not principally as a place of worship) and for no other purpose, including any other purposes in Use classes C3 or D1 as defined by the Town and Country Planning Use Classes Order 1987 (or any Order amending, revoking or re-enacting that Order). Reason: Permission is granted only because of the characteristics peculiar to this proposal. Other uses within Classes C3 and D1 could prejudice the amenities of the area. A scheme of sound insulation works to the party walls and ceilings between the ground floor community use and first floor residential use shall be submitted to and agreed by the Local Planning Authority in writing and implemented prior to occupation. Reason: To ensure that the amenities of occupiers of the flatted accommodation are protected. The rating level of the noise emitted from fixed plant and equipment on the site shall not exceed the existing background noise level at any time by more than 5dB(A) at any residential property (including the upstairs flat) when measured and corrected in accordance with BS 4142: 1997(or any British Standard amending or superseding that standard). Reason: To ensure that the amenities of occupiers of the flat and other premises in the vicinity are protected.

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A flood evacuation procedure shall be provided in the premises and all volunteers/teachers made aware of the risks of flooding and protocols to be followed in the occurrence of an extreme flooding event. Reason: To mitigate against any potential risk to Human Health and Building Fabric in the event of a flooding event. An area within the enclosed curtilage shall be allocated for secure cycle storage and shall be maintained for that purpose at all times. Reason: To encourage and accommodate travel by sustainable transport modes. Prior to beneficial use, the premises shall be provided with one operational parking space related to the ground floor use of the property as a community classroom. The parking space shall be retained for such purposes at all times. Reason: To allow for the parking of vehicles associated with the community classroom use clear of the adopted highway in the interests of improved traffic management. Unless otherwise agreed in writing by the local planning authority, the use of the community classroom and associated ancillary spaces shall be limited to daytime use only (07.00 19.00). Reason: Use of the premises outside of such hours may unduly impact on the amenities of residential occupiers in the area.

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RECOMMENDATION 2: The applicant/operator is encouraged to contact Cheryl Owen of the Councils Transport Policy Group for help in providing public transport and non-car mode travel information within the teaching room and residential flat in order to encourage more sustainable modes of travel. TEL: 029 20873722. RECOMMENDATION 3: The applicant/operator is encouraged to sign up to the Environment Agencys Early Warning system relating to the River Taff.

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DESCRIPTION OF DEVELOPMENT The proposal is to covert the former Mitre Public House and associated Landlords accommodation into a single 4 bedroom flat and community classroom facility. The applicant has confirmed that the facility will operate along the same lines as an existing facility in nearby Wells St in that it would function primarily as a Womens meeting place / Womens education facility whilst children are in school, but will then operate as an after school club between 3pm until around 6pm.

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(1 in 100 year) and 0.1% (1 in 1000 year) annual probability fluvial flood outlines of the River Taff. 6.2 The planning application proposes highly vulnerable development on previously developed land within a flood risk area. Section 6 of TAN15 requires your Authority to determine whether the development at this location is justified / the applicant to undertake and submit a flood consequence assessment (FCA) prior to determination of the application. (This has been done). REPRESENTATIONS The application has been advertised on site and neighbours notified. 7.1 2 Heath Street : Ask if this is an Islamic School or Madrassa, what age groups it will cater for and when classess would be held. They have concern over lack of parking facilities to serve the use and also point out the very tight right angled manoeuvring space which as existing causes vehicles to park on the pavement. They also question the need for such a facility which is similar to others nearby. 7.2 South Riverside Community Development Centre SRCDC have existed in the locality for over 30 years and occupy The Wyndham Street centre (Opposite) and the Riverside Warehouse at 56 Machen place. SRCDC query whether the classroom is for adults or children, the catchment of the building (i.e. local, or Cardiff wide), numbers of attendees and pattern of operations principally with the concern of insufficient parking being available in the area to serve their existing community operations, the Jalalia Mosque, residents, and the proposed use. 7.3 The occupier of 7 Wyndham Street has asked for conformation of the number of residential flats proposed. The owner of 5, 7, and 9 Heath St. objects to the proposal as he considers this will cause undue noise and traffic in this quiet residential area. Local Members were advised of the application and Cllr Hawkins asked for clarification of the use of the centre which was not explicit in the application.

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ANALYSIS Land Use The application site falls within an existing residential area, as defined by the Local Plan. The application premises is a vacant public house with landlord accommodation over.. As the proposal does not involve the loss of any existing residential floor space, and taking into account that non-commercial community facilities are considered appropriate uses within residential areas, and the former levels of activity related to a Public House use, the proposal raises no land use policy concerns.

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beyond of 8am to 6pm Monday to Friday. . However it also recognises that facilities also need to be easily accessible to housing areas and allows flexibility where no demonstrable harm would be likely to be caused. . In determining the likelihood of demonstrable harm, the SPG considers the type of property, favouring detached premises; the impact on the character of an area in respect of non residential uses, the number of children to be catered for, and the likely traffic and noise nuisance, favouring change of use of commercial premises subject to the aforementioned. As the property is detached; would not reduce the amount of residential accommodation in the area; would likely cater for no more than 30 people during the daytime only; and would relate to the conversion of a former public house, the development would accord with all criteria, with the principal remaining consideration being access and parking (considered below). 8.4 Residential Amenity Policy 2.24 of the UDP is intended to ensure that potential impact on residential amenity is among the factors considered in assessing development proposals, of whatever nature. Its supporting text suggests that unacceptable harm may be caused as a result of the incompatible nature of a proposed use; the intensification of use or activity; resultant restriction of daylight or overlooking; or vehicle or pedestrian generation. As educational/community facilities would not be considered incompatible uses in a housing area; that the day time use of the property by approximately 25-30 people would likely represent a less intensive use of the property than its former use; that the development does not result in any discernable difference in terms of daylight restriction or overlooking of surrounding land or buildings, again the development would accord with all relevant criteria, with the principal remaining consideration being access and parking (considered below). 8.5 Access, Circulation and Parking Requirements The planning officer acknowledges that the principal issue of concern to those making representation about the application is that of the perceived inadequacy of vehicle parking space to serve the development and other existing operations in the area. Policy 2.57 of the UDP seeks to ensure that all new developments properly address travel demand and traffic impact and make satisfactory provision for access and parking, particularly by pedestrians, cyclists, public transport

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users and people with special access and mobility requirements. Travel by car is no longer promoted if there are appropriate alternative modes of transport, and minimum parking provision is no longer a requirement. It is accepted that people who are minded to will continue to drive cars until such available parking capacity is exhausted and until use of a car becomes more disadvantageous than beneficial; and that a policy of maximum car parking provision will continue to frustrate those whose first inclination is to travel by car, but this is not considered sufficient reason to modify the Councils policy position. It is also accepted that there are instances where users of facilities will necessarily rely of travel by car, such as OAP lunch clubs as indicated in the letter by SRCDC, or by people with mobility impairment, however individual travel by car would not be encouraged even in these situations if shared vehicle usage could be accommodated. The Planning Officer has considered the comments of the Transportation Officer and the observations of those making representation regarding the development and the particular charateristics of the site. It is concluded that there are no obstructions or restrictions to hinder pedestrian access to the site and that walking is the most appropriate mode of travel to the site and to other community facilities in the area given their service of the local community; The site is also easily accessible for cyclists and nearby to bus stops on Cowbridge Road. The premises also have the capacity for an operational parking area, for a car or minibus . Potential conflict of parking requirements for the lunchtime activities of the SRCDC was considered, A lunchtime site inspection revealed parking capacity in both Machen Place and Wyndham St. If the facility were a daytime use only then it is anticipated that there would be little conflict with resident parking needs in the evening or at night, or any conflict with evening activities at either of the nearby community uses. The Transport Officers comments regarding promotion of sustainable transport modes to both users of the centre and residents of the flat, are noted and concurred with, and overall it is concluded that the available parking situation is acceptable if sensibly used. 8.6 Air, Noise and Light Pollution There are not considered to be any light or air pollution issues related to the proposals.

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The premises has an open area adjacent to No. 2 Heath St. (formerly an open area of the PH) However the boundary is substantial, and the use of the educational facility will be likely be curtailed by 6pm. with the predominant use of the facility by children being between 3pm and 6pm. This is not considered to be potentially any different in impact to that of the use of the park adjoining the boundary of the property. Other objections of likely noise nuisance are considered unfounded and noise levels resultant from the proposal considered likely to be significantly less than that generated by the former PH use. 8.7 Provision for Waste Management Facilities in Development The submitted drawings indicate sufficient on-site storage space for refuse and re-cycling 8.8 Flood Consequences The applicants agent has submitted an FCA and the developer accepts the risk of flooding. The FCA indicates a flood evacuation plan will be displayed at the premises and to the residents of the flat above. As the premises were a public house previously, the new use / development is not considered to result in any greater risk to human health or building fabric than when in its previous use.. As this is the case the proposals contained within the FCA are considered appropriate in respect of the reasonable management of the risks of flooding and can be required by condition. 9. 9.1 CONCLUSION The proposal, by virtue of scale and location is not considered to be likely to adversely affect residential amenity in the area, or by nature or pattern of use to conflict with other community activities unreasonably. A conditional planning permission is recommended.

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12/09/2012 APPLICATION DATE: 06/07/2012

APPLICATION No. 12/1032/DCI ED: APP: TYPE: APPLICANT: LOCATION: BUTETOWN

Full Planning Permission

Mr Ahmed LAND ADJACENT TO 42 CRAIGLEE DRIVE, ATLANTIC WHARF, CARDIFF, CF10 4BN PROPOSAL: FULL APPLICATION FOR A SINGLE DWELLING ___________________________________________________________________ RECOMMENDATION: That planning permission be GRANTED subject to the following conditions: 1. 2. C01 Statutory Time Limit The consent relates to the application as amended by the revised plans received on 20 August 2012, attached to and forming part of this planning application. Reason: The plans amend and form part of the application. This consent relates to the application as supplemented by the information contained in the email from the agent dated 20 August 2012. Reason: The information provided forms part of the application. The vehicle manoeuvring area shown on plan numbered 1203/PL/02 revision E shall be provided prior to the beneficial occupation of the development and shall not be used for any purpose other than as a manoeuvring area. Reason: To ensure an orderly form of development and in the interests of highway safety. The vehicle manoeuvring area shown on plan numbered 1203/PL/02 revision E shall be made available for the use of the occupiers of no. 42 Craiglee Drive and for future occupiers of the dwelling hereby approved and shall not be withheld from use by those occupiers. Reason: To ensure an orderly form of development and in the interests of highway safety. The car parking provision shown on plan number 1203/PL/02 revision E shall be laid out in accordance with the approved plan prior to the beneficial occupation of the development and shall thereafter be retained and maintained. Reason: To ensure an orderly form of development and in the interests of highway safety. D5A Implement means of enclosure
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PROPOSED DEVELOPMENT The proposal is for a detached four bedroom house. Vehicular access and parking for 2 vehicles would be from an existing private access road off Craiglee Drive shared by 4 existing dwellings. The proposed materials are brick to match the adjacent dwelling (no. 42), Upvc double glazed windows and concrete interlocking roofing tiles. The boundary would be enclosed by a 1.8m high timber fence. The site is situated on a landfill site (Bute West Dock) and the application is supported by a Geo Environmental Report from Groundsolve Ltd. Amended plans have been submitted which reduce the parking provision to 2 spaces (one space for no. 42 and one space for the new dwelling) and provide a manoeuvring area to allow vehicles into and out of the site in forward gear. SITE DESCRIPTION The site area is 480 sq m situated at the end of a cul-de-sac off Craiglee Drive. The existing dwellings in Craiglee Drive are semi-detached, with the application site lying in a corner position, adjacent to No. 42 and at right angles to the garden of No. 41. The land is currently vacant with open access to the side of no. 42. To the rear of the site is public open space and to the east are Roma House flats at a lower level, separated from the site by the access road to the flats. A pumping station is situated at this lower level. The area falls within land allocated for residential use in the City of Cardiff Local Plan. PLANNING HISTORY 03/1628C Outline application for a new dwelling, WITHDRAWN. 04/0508C Outline application for a new dwelling, REFUSED 27.05.04 on grounds of insufficient details of land contamination investigation and risk assessment being submitted to demonstrate that the land is suitable for residential use. 05/0997C Full planning application for a two-storey four bedroom dwelling and external works, WITHDRAWN. 05/2324C Full planning application fro a two storey, four bed house with a detached garage and external works Refused (Dismissed at appeal)

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PLANNING POLICY FRAMEWORK City of Cardiff Local Plan: Policy 10 Contaminated or Unstable Land Policy 11 Design and Aesthetic Quality Policy 17 Parking Policy 22 Protection of Residential Land Deposit Cardiff Unitary Development Plan: Policy 2.20 Good Design Policy 2.24 Residential Amenity Policy 2.57 Access, Circulation and Parking Requirements Policy 2.63 Contaminated and Unstable Land Supplementary Planning Guidance: Waste Collection and Storage Facilities Access, Circulation and Parking Standards INTERNAL CONSULATION RESPONSES Transportation Services: No objection, subject to the imposition of a condition seeking to retain parking spaces (as amended) and the submission of a construction management plan. In assessing the application as originally submitted (four parking spaces) the following comments were made: It would appear from the submitted plans that the applicant proposes to provide 4 no car parking spaces (2 spaces per dwelling) arranged in a side by side and one behind the other fashion. However, in order to comply with our SPG, 1 off street car parking space per dwelling will be sufficient. These 2 spaces (1 space for the existing and 1 space for the proposed dwelling) can be accommodated in the South Western corner of the site. This arrangement will allow for a 5.5m wide manoeuvring area to be created behind these 2 car parking spaces, and will therefore enable vehicles to leave the site in forward gear. The grassed area at the very Southern end of the application site (between the manoeuvring area and the proposed 1.8m high boundary fence) should be hard paved in order to create the necessary 5.5m wide turning space. Therefore - No objection to the submitted plans subject to the following conditions. Code C3E Turning space within site. Code D3C Parking within curtilage. Site Management Condition. Further to the above comments, the agent submitted an amended plan that reduced the parking provision to 2 spaces and created a turning area within the site. The Transportation Service provided the following comments in respect of the amended plan:
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Further to your email earlier today I can confirm that the amended details (drawing no 1203/PL/02/A) are acceptable subject to the following conditions Code E3D Retain Parking Within Site. Site Management Condition. The proposal seeks to convert the existing side garden of no 42 Craiglee Drive into a residential dwelling. At present there are already a number of off street car parking spaces allocated to no 42. However as this development falls within the central area boundary, the 2 off street car parking spaces at the end of the cul-de-sac shown on the amended plans (accessed via a private driveway) are acceptable for this form of development within this location. Our SPG states for all central area residential developments (regardless of size or number of bedrooms) a parking provision of between 0 (min) 1 (max) space would be acceptable; consequently this development could succeed without any car parking provision whatsoever. Therefore the 2 off street car parking spaces shown on amended plan no 1203/PL/02/A are acceptable as they are policy compliant. These 2 spaces must be provided at a ratio of 1 space per dwelling (1 space for 42 Craiglee Drive and 1 space for the proposed dwelling), and clearly marked to ensure an orderly form of development. The turning area shown on the amended plan is acceptable. Our guidelines state that a distance of 6m wide x 6m long to allow for the manoeuvring of vehicles within the site should be provided. The applicants amended plan shows a distance of 5.5m 5.7m wide x 5.7m long. It is considered that these dimensions are sufficient to allow vehicles to manoeuvre and exit the site in forward gear. 5.2 Further to the above, amended plan numbered 1203/PL/02 revision B has been submitted which expands the proposed vehicle manoeuvring area. The Transportation Service have no objection to the revision B amendment. Highways (Drainage): No objection. Recommend that Welsh Water are consulted. Pollution Control: No objection on noise or air pollution. In respect of land contamination it is recommended that a non-standard landfill gas condition is imposed on any consent, along with other conditions relating to imported materials (soils and aggregates) and advice in respect of development on contaminated land. Waste Management Services: The refuse storage details shown on the submitted plans are acceptable. A condition relating to the provision prior to beneficial occupation and ongoing retention is requested. EXTERNAL CONSULTATION RESPONSES Welsh Water: No objection, subject to requested drainage conditions.

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REPRESENTATIONS Neighbouring premises have been notified. Letters (and emails) of objection have been received from the owners/occupiers of no. 33, 40, 41, 43 and 44 Craiglee Drive on the following grounds (relating to the original submission): Use of shared private access road which is not large enough to cope with the additional traffic from a new dwelling or the construction traffic that has a shared financial liability for maintenance. Lack of manoeuvrability and likely obstruction and reversing. The proposed 4-bed dwelling will be out of scale and out of keeping with the existing dwellings which are characteristic of Craiglee Drive. The parking layout shown will reduce the parking available to No. 42 and result in additional on-street parking due to the likely increased number of cars used by future occupiers of a four bed dwelling. The area allocated for parking is too narrow for two cars. Loss of privacy from windows overlooking rear garden to No. 41, reducing value of their house. Removal of a tree will result in greater loss of privacy. There are too many rented houses nearby that are not maintained. This house could be rented with the landlord allowing more than one tenant per bedroom. The application states that neighbours were consulted by the applicant. This is not the case.

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by condition (with the Councils Highways and Transportation Service suggesting this arrangement). 8.8 With regard to the comments of the Inspector above, it is important to note that the previously proposed balcony to the rear elevation has been removed and the application has been assessed by the Transportation Service having regard for current adopted planning policy guidance (that was not in force when considering application 05/2324C), with the current proposals seen as meeting the required parking provision for existing and future occupiers. The submitted Geo Environmental report has been considered by the Councils Pollution Control (Contaminated Land) Manager, who has advised that, subject to conditions, the proposals are acceptable. 8.9 Having due regard for adopted planning policy and guidance, the planning history of the site, the submitted supporting information and the amended layout details, the proposals are considered acceptable and it is therefore recommended that planning permission be granted.

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APPLICATION No. 12/1133/DCI ED: APP: TYPE: APPLICANT: LOCATION: ADAMSDOWN

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J R Smart (Builders) Ltd CARDIFF INSTITUTE FOR THE BLIND, SHAND HOUSE, 20 NEWPORT ROAD, ADAMSDOWN, CARDIFF, CF24 0YB PROPOSAL: REFURBISHMENT AND CHANGE OF USE OF EXISTING BUILDING INCLUDING 2 STOREY ROOF EXTENSION TO FORM 198 STUDENT BEDS WITH AMENITY AND MANAGEMENT FACILITIES AND 610 M2 FLEXIBLE ACCOMMODATION FOR RETAIL A1, A2, AND CAF / RESTAURANT A3 USES TO BASEMENT AND GROUND FLOORS ___________________________________________________________________ RECOMMENDATION 1: That, subject to persons having relevant interest in the application site entering into a binding planning obligation in agreement with the Council under SECTION 106 of the Town and Country Planning Act 1990 encompassing the matters referred to in paragraphs 5.2, 8.7 & 8.34 of the City Development Officer's report, planning permission be GRANTED subject to the following conditions: 1. 2. C01 Statutory Time Limit The consent relates to the application as amended by the revised plans numbered P201A attached to and forming part of this planning application. Reason: The plans amend and form part of the application. Samples of Materials: No development shall take place until samples of the external finishing materials have been submitted to and approved by the Local Planning Authority. The development shall be carried out in accordance with the approved details. Reason: To ensure a satisfactory finished appearance to the building. No development shall take place until a scheme showing the architectural detailing of the main elevations of the building has been submitted to and approved in writing by the Local Planning Authority and the development shall not be brought into beneficial use until the approved scheme is implemented. Reason: To ensure a satisfactory finished appearance to the building.

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Ground floor and Basement uses fronting Newport Road and Fitzalan Place (retail units 1, 2 and 3 on dwg. no. p/202) shall be restricted to A1, A2 and restricted A3 uses only. Reason: To ensure that the amenities of occupiers of other premises in the vicinity are protected. No single A1 retail unit shall exceed a maximum of 170 sqm of floorspace. Reason: To safeguard the vitality and viability of the Principal Shopping Area and established District/Local Centres in the vicinity. Basement uses shall be ancillary to ground floor uses. Reason: To ensure adequate means of access to all units. The premises shall be used for the purpose specified in the application and for no other purpose (including any other purpose in Class A3 of the schedule to the Town and Country Planning (Use Classes) Order 1987 or in any provision equivalent to that Class in any statutory instrument amending, revoking or re-enacting that Order). Reason: Permission is granted only because of the characteristics peculiar to this proposal. Other uses within Class A3 could prejudice the amenities of the area. C7X No Takeaway Sales No member of the public shall be admitted to or allowed to remain on any A3 premises between the hours of 23:00 and 08.00 hrs. on any day. Reason: To ensure that the amenities of occupiers of other premises in the vicinity are protected. There shall be no arrival, departure, loading or unloading of vehicles between the hours of 20:00 and 08:00. Reason: To ensure that the amenities of occupiers of other premises in the vicinity are protected. H7G Plant Noise A scheme of sound insulation works to the floor/ceiling and party wall structures between the A1/ A2/ A3 premises and the residential accommodation shall be submitted to and agreed by the Local Planning Authority in writing and implemented prior to occupation. Reason: To ensure that the amenities of occupiers of other premises in the vicinity are protected. F7Q Kitchen Extraction

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area, has been submitted to and approved by the Local Planning Authority. Reason: In the interest of highway safety and to regulate the impact of the development on use of the adjacent highway. 18. Construction management plan condition No part of the development hereby permitted shall be commenced until a scheme of construction management has been submitted to and approved by the Local Planning Authority, to include as required details of site hoardings, site access and wheel washing facilities. Construction of the development shall be managed strictly in accordance with the scheme so approved. Reason: In the interests of highway safety and public amenity. Outward opening doors/windows Doors and ground floor windows are to be constructed and installed in such a way as to prevent them opening outward over the public footway. Reason: In the interest of pedestrian safety. C7S Details of Refuse Storage C2N Drainage details

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chemically suitable for the proposed end use. Under no circumstances should controlled waste be imported. It is an offence under Section 33 of the Environmental Protection Act 1990 to deposit controlled waste on a site which does not benefit from an appropriate waste management license. The following must not be imported to a development site: Unprocessed / unsorted demolition wastes. Any materials originating from a site confirmed as being contaminated or potentially contaminated by chemical or radioactive substances. Japanese Knotweed stems, leaves and rhizome infested soils. In addition to section 33 above, it is also an offence under the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981 to spread this invasive weed; and (iii) the safe development and secure occupancy of the site rests with the developer. Proposals for areas of possible land instability should take due account of the physical and chemical constraints and may include action on land reclamation or other remedial action to enable beneficial use of unstable land. The Local Planning Authority has determined the application on the basis of the information available to it, but this does not mean that the land can be considered free from contamination. 1. 1.1 DESCRIPTION OF PROPOSED DEVELOPMENT The proposal is for the conversion of Shand House, the former Cardiff Institute for the Blind building on the corner of Newport Road and Fitzalan Place, to managed student accommodation. The 1950s 4-storey brick and stone building is vacant and the proposal is to convert the upper floors and add 2no. additional floors to the roof to create a total of 198 student bedrooms consisting of a mix of double rooms, studios and cluster flats. The resulting building will be 6 storeys high. Ancillary accommodation comprising common room, cinema room and small landscaped courtyard is provided at basement level. The main entrance to the student accommodation is from Fitzalan Place. Existing service access to the rear of the building is also from Fitzalan Place. This gives access for student pick-up and drop-off, bike store for 49 cycles, refuse collection and retail delivery. The 2no. ground floor units fronting Newport Road and Fitzalan Place (formerly coffee bar and Institute Shop) will be converted into 3no. units for flexible A1 retail, A2 or A3 caf/restaurant uses. The basement storey fronting Newport Road will be provided with a new indirect access from Newport Road and will be converted to form ancillary acommodation serving the ground floor flexible units. Two new door openings from Newport Road and one new door opening from Fitzalan Road are proposed to serve the independent flexible units.

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Six operational parking spaces (3 for disabled students and 3 for retail staff) are provided to the rear of the development The contemporary lightweight roof extension picks up on the architectural language of the main building with the fourth floor framed in artificial stone cladding and the top fifth floor set back about 450mm and predominantly glazed. The brickwork and concrete window surrounds on the upper floors and the ashlar stone ground floor finishes will be repaired/renovated where necessary. New aluminium replacement windows are proposed. Amended plans have been received clarifying the proposed basement uses. Public realm Both the Newport Road footway and the Fitzalan Place footway adjacent to the site are in need of resurfacing. The pedestrian crossing arrangements at the Newport Road/ Fitzalan Place/ West Grove junction are in need of comprehensive improvement. Sustainability The development is not required to meet national sustainability standards since it is a change of use application. Additional Information The following additional information is submitted: Design and Access Statement Environmental Noise Survey Transport Statement DESCRIPTION OF SITE The application site is on the SW corner of the very busy Newport Road/Fitzalan Place/ West Grove crossroads just to the east of the City Centre and Queen Street Railway Station, and close to the City Road shops and the Clifton Street/Broadway District Centre. It is well served by public transport, and is within walking distance of the University and Colleges and various city parks. The immediate area consists of a mixture of offices, multi-storey car park, hotel and educational buildings - all of different ages, styles, heights and materials. The site lies to the south of the Tredegarville Conservation Area and directly opposite the Grade II listed University Queens Building.

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INTERNAL CONSULTEE RESPONSES Transportation: The Councils Transportation Officer has no objection subject to standard cycle parking, construction management plan and outward opening doors/windows conditions, and a combined travel and student accommodation traffic management condition, and a financial contribution towards highway improvements secured by means of a s106 legal agreement. The financial contribution of 125,000 to be split: 100,000 towards improvements to the junction of Newport Road/Fitzalan Road/West Grove and 25,000 towards the resurfacing of the footways around the site and the replacement of the existing concrete lighting columns on Newport Road adjacent to the site. All as identified on the indicative Plan 1: Area of Proposed Public Realm Works for Application 12/01133/DCI dated 30.7.12 and prepared by Strategic Planning as part of their consultation response. Transportation Officers comments In terms of the proposed student residential element, the adopted Access, Circulation and Parking Standards SPG confirms that up to one parking space per 25 beds may be provided for operational use, amounting to a maximum of 8 spaces for the proposed development; there is no requirement for on site resident or visitor car parking. The commercial element of the development requires no specific car parking provision and is considered to be adequately accommodated by the proposed retention of 3 car parking spaces to the rear of the building. I am therefore satisfied that subject to the cycle parking condition, the application is compliant with adopted parking policy. I am also satisfied, subject to agreement of the Traffic Management Plan, that there is sufficient capacity around the site and within Knox Road multi storey car park to manage the arrival and departure of the student residents at the start and end term. This approach is consistent with a number of other similar student residences. It should be noted that the letting/management plan will control vehicle access to and student car parking within the site and surrounding area. The site is also located within easy reach of a very well served high frequency main bus corridor with inbound and outbound stops/services on Newport Road, rail services at Queen Street Station and adjacent to the City Centre. As a result the site is within easy reach of a wide range of public transport options and facilities with the employment, shopping, entertainment, leisure, university and other amenities such a location affords. Pollution Control (Noise): No objection subject to a road traffic noise sound insulation condition for all habitable rooms, a sound insulation condition for the floor and party wall structures between the proposed A1/A2/A3 units and the residential accommodation, standard conditions on opening hours (22:00

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acceptable in planning terms. The applicant has agreed to a condition requiring that basement use be ancillary to ground floor uses. 8.22 Amended plans reducing the largest unit to 170m2 (as per the original application) and indicating the basement for ancillary uses only (i.e. not the creation of an independent unit) have been received and are acceptable. Public Realm The public realm along Newport Road is generally of a poor quality and in particular at the junction of Newport Road, Fitzalan Place and West Grove where crossing facilities significantly impact on pedestrian movement and accessibility into the city centre and surrounding areas. The change of use associated with this proposal would place increased pressure on an area of public realm which would need to be enhanced for the proposed development to be considered acceptable. Policy 2.55 of the deposit Unitary Development Plan identifies the need for new developments to make appropriate provision for public realm improvements. In addition, Policy B2 of the adopted South Glamorgan (Cardiff Area) Replacement Structure Plan favours measures to improve the environmental quality of the urban fabric. The approved City Centre Strategy (2007-2010) states that new developments will be expected to enhance the appearance, accessibility and the use of the public realm (p.28). This is reinforced by Action 5 of the Urban Design and Public Realm chapter which is to secure contributions from new developments for public realm enhancements. Strategic objectives 1 and 5 of the Fringe area chapter seek to improve pedestrian links to the city centre and improve the quality of the public realm. Taking into consideration the developments impact on the public realm in the vicinity of the site improvement works are to be undertaken along both frontages of the property, including footway resurfacing, improvements to street lighting, and enhancements to the pedestrian crossing facilities. Design The design of the 2 storey rooftop extension successfully complements the 1950s architecture of the existing building and gives it a top that enhances the overall appearance. The additional height is appropriate given the height of adjacent development. The inclusion of active uses to the ground floor and associated public realm improvements to Newport Road/Fitzalan Place footways and the pedestrian crossing points represent a significant enhancement of this prominent corner and busy junction.

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housing use. The proposed ground floor restricted A1, A2, and restricted A3 uses are acceptable. The renovation of the existing building and new rooftop extensions and public realm works and pedestrian crossing improvements will significantly enhance the area. The site is in a highly sustainable location and there is no policy requirement for parking. The proposals meet the Councils policy and guidance and do not raise any land use, design, transportation or public safety/ amenity concerns. 9.2 The granting of planning permission is recommended subject to conditions being imposed and a legal agreement that restricts the residential use to student use only and secures financial contributions towards public open space and highways/public realm improvements.

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APPLICATION No. 12/01155/DCI ED: APP: TYPE: APPLICANT: LOCATION: PROPOSAL: SPLOTT

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Mr Alberto Leca 35 SPLOTT ROAD, SPLOTT, CARDIFF, CF24 2BU CHANGE OF USE FROM A1 TO A3 (TAKEAWAY/ RESTAURANT) & RETENTION OF EXTRACTION FLUE ___________________________________________________________________ RECOMMENDATION: That planning permission be GRANTED subject to the following conditions: 1. 2. C01 Statutory Time Limit The premises shall be used as a restaurant/takeaway and for no other purpose (including any other purpose in Class A3 of the Schedule to the Town and Country Planning (Use Classes) Order 1987 or in any provision equivalent to that Class in any statutory instrument amending, revoking or re-enacting that Order). Reason: Other A3 uses could prejudice the amenities of the area. No member of the public shall be admitted to or allowed to remain on the premises outside of the hours of 08:00 and 23:00 on any day. Reason: To ensure that the amenities of other premises in the vicinity of the site are protected. A scheme of sound insulation works to the floor/ceiling structure between the ground floor and the first floor residential accommodation shall be submitted to and agreed in writing by the Local Planning Authority, the agreed scheme shall be implemented prior to occupation. Reason: To ensure that the amenities of occupiers of other premises in the vicinity are protected. F7Q Kitchen Extraction H7G Plant Noise The developer shall provide a suitable grease trap to prevent entry into the public sewerage system of matter likely to interfere with the free flow of the sewer contents, or which would prejudicially affect the treatment and disposal of such contents. Reason: To protect the integrity of the public sewerage system, and sustain an essential and effective service to existing residents.

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DESCRIPTION OF PROPOSED DEVELOPMENT The application seeks planning permission for the change of use of the ground floor of a mid-terrace commercial property from a shop (class A1) to a restaurant/takeaway (class A3) and retrospective permission for installation of an extraction flue at the rear. The premises would comprise a customer dining area (approximately 54 square metres) at the front, toilets and kitchen in the middle, and a cold room/storage at the rear. Pedestrian access would be via the existing front entrance, the application states opening hours of 08:00 to 23:00 on all days. The external flue comprises a 0.5m wide stainless steel duct attached to the first floor rear elevation of the rear annexe from a height of 2.2m above ground level to a maximum height of 6m, protruding a maximum of 1m from the rear elevation. DESCRIPTION OF SITE The property lies within a parade of 12 terraced commercial units along the north east side of Splott Road between the junctions with Carlisle Street and Railway Street. It is adjoined by a cafe at no. 33 and a florist shop at no. 37. There is a short terrace of ground floor commercial uses on the opposite side of the road, including a bakery at nos. 16-18. The site is adjoined by an access lane to the rear which runs parallel to Splott Road. The upper floor is occupied by a flat which is accessed through the ground floor commercial unit or via a separate door from the rear lane. SITE HISTORY No site specific history. POLICY FRAMEWORK The site lies within the Splott Road Local Centre as defined by the proposals map of the City of Cardiff Local Plan and the Deposit Unitary Development Plan (October 2003).

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INTERNAL CONSULTEE RESPONSES Strategic Planning (Land Use Policy) - The application site falls within the Splott Road/Carlisle Street Local Centre as defined by the Local Plan. The application should be assessed against Policy 49 of the Local Plan, the aim of which is to protect the predominant shopping role of the centre and vitality and viability of it shopping frontages. Also of relevance is Supplementary Planning Guidance Restaurants, Takeaways and Other Food and Drink Uses (2006). Paragraph 3.3 of the SPG states that food and drink uses are complementary, in principle, to the main shopping role of district and local centres, as long as they do not adversely affect the living environment of nearby residents or with other non-shopping uses, reach such a level that they undermine the shopping role and character of the area. The loss of an A1 shop to a non-shopping use would usually raise policy concerns. However, this retail unit is currently vacant and is therefore not contributing to vitality and viability of the centre. The proposed takeaway/restaurant will be open from 8am-11pm which includes normal shopping hours (8am-6pm) and will therefore increase footfall and contribute to the vitality and viability of the centre. Taking the above factors into account the application raises no retail policy concerns, subject to an assessment of the impact of the proposal on residential amenity.

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1) The smell and noise produced from the caf/restaurant and the extraction flue will affect the three tenants residing in the first floor flat above his shop; 2) Car parking spaces within the area are already limited which has a negative impact upon businesses in the area. A further takeaway/restaurant will only exasperate the problem; 3) A further takeaway/restaurant will inevitably result in more noise and rubbish being produced in the area. A petition of objection has also been received on behalf of the owner of no. 33 Splott Road, signed by 34 local residents for the same reasons as above. Two separate letters of objection have been received from tenants of the first floor flat at 33 Splott Road, concerned that the noise will affect their sleep and the smell from the extraction flue will affect their ability to dry clothes on their external first floor washing line. A letter of objection has also been received from the occupier of no. 83 Carlisle Street who has the following concerns: 1) Parking is already a problem in their street; 2) Cooking smells all day and night from the extraction flue; 3) Existing concentration of bakery shops and takeaways in Splott Road which are open late at night; 4) Where will customers be expected to smoke cigarettes? 5) The work required to convert the premises is just about complete; 6) The application was published in the Western mail which has a small ratio of sales in this area to the Echo. 7.2 Four letters of support were also submitted with the application, signed by local residents, and a separate comment of support submitted online by a business operator at 118 Clifton Street. Local Members were notified of the proposal, no representations were received. ANALYSIS Land Use Policy Considerations Land use policy advice is outlined in paragraph 5.1 of this report with the conclusion that, subject to assessment of residential amenity, no land use policy concerns are raised. 8.2 Residential Amenity Considerations It is not considered that the proposed use would have any unreasonable impact upon nearby residential occupiers as Pollution Control have no objection to hours of operation until 23.00, this accords with guidance in the Restaurants, takeaways and other food and drink uses SPG, which, in paragraph 4.12, states that in district centres, opening hours will usually be restricted to 11.30pm. As the site is located within a designated centre,

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residents in such a mixed use area cannot expect the same standards of amenity as those living in a wholly residential area. 8.3 It is considered reasonable to impose conditions (2) to prevent any future changes of use within the A3 use class to more harmful uses such as a public house or a bar, (3) to require the premises to close at 23:00 and (4) to secure a scheme of sound insulation works between the proposed use and the first floor residential property. The condition requested by Pollution Control to restrict delivery hours is not considered reasonable given that the site lies adjacent to a busy and noisy traffic route within a designated centre, and in any case this condition would be largely unenforceable. Crime & Disorder Considerations Welsh Office Circular 16/94 Planning Out Crime is also relevant and, in paragraph 3 states, Crime prevention is capable of being a material consideration when planning applications are considered. The Circular advises that local planning authorities should consult police architectural liaison officers when determining planning applications. The South Wales Police Crime Prevention Design Advisor has no objection to the proposed a operating hours. 8.5 Design Considerations The rear flue is considered visually acceptable as it is relatively slender and positioned lower than the roof slope of the rear annexe. It is not considered that the flue harms the amenity of the residential flat at first floor level above no. 33 as the extraction point is positioned above the height of the first floor rear access door. 8.6 Representations The representation and petition received on behalf of the operator of the adjacent caf with regard to the effect on his business is noted, however impact upon existing business is not a valid planning related matter. The representations from the tenants of the adjoining first floor flat and resident of Carlisle Street with regard to smell and noise is not considered to warrant refusal based on the above residential amenity analysis and lack of any objection from Pollution Control. The representations regarding car parking are not considered to warrant refusal as the parking arrangements are considered acceptable as advised by the Transportation Officer. 8.7 Conclusion It is concluded that the application is acceptable in accordance with the policies listed above, and is recommended that planning permission be granted, subject to conditions.

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12/09/2012 APPLICATION DATE: 13/07/2012

APPLICATION No. 12/01206/DCI ED: APP: TYPE: APPLICANT: LOCATION: PROPOSAL: PLASNEWYDD

Full Planning Permission

Ardek Properties Ltd 101 CITY ROAD, ROATH, CARDIFF, CF24 3BN CHANGE OF USE FROM USE CLASS A1 TO A3 NEW SHOP FRONT AND ALTERATIONS TO FRONT ELEVATION ___________________________________________________________________ RECOMMENDATION: That planning permission be GRANTED subject to the following conditions: 1. 2. C01 Statutory Time Limit The premises shall be used as a restaurant and for no other purpose (including any other purpose in Class A3 of the Schedule to the Town and Country Planning (Use Classes) Order 1987 or in any provision equivalent to that Class in any statutory instrument amending, revoking or re-enacting that Order). Reason: Other A3 uses could prejudice the amenities of the area. No member of the public shall be admitted to or allowed to remain on the premises outside the hours of 08:00 and 18:00 on any day. Reason: To prevent any expansion of the night time economy within the City Road/Crwys Road Special Statement of Licensing Policy Area as this could attract customers who would be preloaded with alcohol which would add to the problems of crime and disorder in the area. Prior to beneficial use a scheme of CCTV cameras shall be submitted to and approved by the local planning authority and the approved scheme shall be implemented prior to beneficial use of the premises. Reason: In the interests of security and reducing crime and disorder in the area. A scheme of sound insulation works to the floor/ceiling structure between the ground floor and any future first floor residential accommodation shall be submitted to and agreed in writing by the Local Planning Authority, the agreed scheme shall be implemented prior to occupation. Reason: To ensure that the amenities of occupiers of other premises in the vicinity are protected. F7Q Kitchen Extraction H7G Plant Noise

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DESCRIPTION OF PROPOSED DEVELOPMENT The application seeks planning permission for the change of use of a mid terrace commercial property from a shop (class A1) to a restaurant (class A3) and to carry out alterations to the front elevation including installation of a new shop front. The premises would comprise a customer dining area (121 square metres) at the front/middle with toilets and kitchen, preparation area and refuse storage at the rear, Pedestrian access would be via the front entrance and deliveries via the rear yard. The application states opening hours of 08:00 to 21:00 on all days. The existing shop front would be removed and replaced with a new aluminium framed shop front with central double entrance doors. The first floor front elevation would be altered from vertical tiles to a black painted rendered wall. DESCRIPTION OF SITE The property lies within a parade of two storey terraced commercial units along the west side of City Road between the junctions with Penlline Street and Tavistock Street. It is adjoined by a shop at no. 103 and a vacant unit at

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no. 91-99 which has planning permission for use as a restaurant and function room. There is a terrace of ground floor commercial uses on the opposite side of the road, including two restaurants at nos. 92-94 & 102-106, and two hot food takeaways at nos. 96 & 98. 2.2 There is an external yard at the rear of the premises shared with no. 103 which is used for parking. SITE HISTORY No site specific history. Related history: 08/262/C planning permission granted for extensions and change of use of no.91-99 City Road to restaurant and function room, not implemented to date. 4. 4.1 POLICY FRAMEWORK The site lies within the City Road Area as defined by the proposals map of the City of Cardiff Local Plan and within the City Road District Centre as defined by the Deposit Unitary Development Plan (October 2003). Relevant National Planning Guidance: Planning Policy Wales (2010) Planning Policy Wales TAN 12: Design Planning Policy Wales TAN 21: Waste 4.3 Relevant City of Cardiff Local Plan policies: Policy 11: Design & Aesthetic Quality Policy 17: Parking & Servicing Facilities Policy 18: Provision for Cyclists Policy 20: Provision for Special Needs Groups Policy 40: Development in City Road 4.4 Relevant Deposit Unitary Development Plan (October 2003) policies: Policy 2.20: Good Design Policy 2.24: Residential Amenity Policy 2.36: District & Local Centres Policy 2.57: Access, Circulation and Parking Requirements Policy 2.64: Air, Noise & Light Pollution Policy 2.74: Waste Management 4.5 Relevant Supplementary Planning Guidance: Restaurants, Takeaways and other Food & Drink Uses (June 1996) Waste Collection and Storage Facilities (March 2007)

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Access, Circulation & Parking Requirements (June 2006) 5. 5.1 INTERNAL CONSULTEE RESPONSES The application site falls within the City Road Area as defined by the City of Cardiff Local Plan and should therefore be assessed against Policy 40. Policy 40 favours business, housing, shops and financial and professional services. A3 uses will only be permitted where there would be no unacceptable impact on residential amenity, taking into account existing concentrations of such uses. Also of relevance is SPG Restaurants, Takeaways and Other Food and Drink Uses. Paragraph 3.4 states that in view of the existing number of food and drink outlets in City Road, particularly takeaways, the opportunities to set up more, or to extend the operations of existing premises, are likely to be extremely limited. Policy 2.36 of the Cardiff Unitary Development Plan Deposited Written Statement defines a list of district and local centres which includes City Road. In terms of proposals to change the use of the ground floor within defined centres, criterion (b) of Policy 2.36 states such proposals will only be acceptable providing there is no adverse harm to the predominant shopping role and character of the centre or shopping frontages. Harm to the shopping character of City Road is therefore a material consideration. The retail unit has been actively marketed but has remained vacant for a period of six months. It is not currently contributing to the shopping role of this centre. Furthermore, there are a number of large, vacant units in the vicinity of the application site. These long term vacancies suggest that demand for the retail use of relatively large units in this part of City Road is limited. Certainly, there are opportunities for retailers looking to occupy premises in this part of City Road. In this context it would be difficult to challenge the proposal on the basis that it would cause harm to shopping role and character. The application would add to an already high concentration of A3 uses within frontages 89 to 101 (91-99 has an unimplemented consent for an A3 restaurant) and directly opposite the site frontage within 94 to 102. It is important to note that the proposal does not propose consumption of alcohol, and proposes a closing time of 9.00 pm which may be looked on more favourably. The A3 unit proposes to open during normal shopping hours, resulting in an active frontage. Therefore, the acceptability of the proposal should be determined specifically in relation to whether an addition to the existing concentration of A3 uses would be likely to create an adverse effect on adjoining residential areas. 5.2 Transportation - no objection, subject to conditions to require retention of 4 existing car parking spaces at the rear and provision of at least 6 secure and covered cycle parking spaces.

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APPLICATION No. 12/01241/DCI ED: APP: TYPE: APPLICANT: LOCATION: PROPOSAL: CATHAYS Variation of conditions

Beatbox Bars Ltd. 25 Westgate Street, Cardiff, CF10 1DA VARIATION OF CONDITION 2 OF PLANNING PERMISSION 08/02329/C TO ALLOW EXTENSION OF OPENING HOURS TO 02:30AM SEVEN DAYS A WEEK ___________________________________________________________________ RECOMMENDATION: following reasons: 1. That planning permission be REFUSED for the

A 02:30 closing time of the premises would give rise to late night/early morning noise nuisance and disturbance and detract from the amenities of nearby neighbouring residents to an unacceptable degree, contrary to the aims of Policy 2.24 (Residential Amenity), Policy 2.33 (Food, Drink and Entertainment Uses in the Central and Waterfront Business areas) of the Cardiff Unitary Development Plan Deposit Written Statement Oct. 2003 and the Councils Supplementary Planning Guidance Restaurants, Takeaways and other Food and Drink Uses (June 1996) and Premises for Eating, Drinking and Entertainment the City Centre(September 2000). A 02.30 closing time of the premises would likely give rise to increased levels of anti-social behaviour, crime and disorder in the City Centre locality, contrary to the advice contained in W.O. Circular 16:94 (Planning Out Crime) and Policy 2.33 (Food, Drink and Entertainment Uses in the Central and Waterfront Business Areas) of the Cardiff Unitary Development Plan Deposit Written Statement Oct 2003.

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DESCRIPTION OF SITE The property comprises a two storey Grade II Statutory Listed Building located on the junction of Westgate Street and Quay Street, more commonly known as the Old County Club. Its north east facing elevation fronts onto Womanby Street, its south east elevation to Quay Street and its south west elevation to Westgate Street. It is adjoined by a five storey building to its north west side, occupied by a bar at ground floor level and offices at upper levels. To the opposite side of Westgate Street are Marlborough House flats and the Millennium Stadium access, to the opposite side of Womanby Street is the City Arms public house and to the opposite side of Quay Street a multi-storey car park. SITE HISTORY 12/00768/DCI planning application for variation of condition 2 of planning permission 08/02329/C to allow extension of opening hours to 04:30, application withdrawn. 08/02329/C planning permission granted for the use of the premises as a caf bar, for the performance of live music, and other entertainment and for the insertion of a new door onto Womanby Street. POLICY FRAMEWORK The site lies within the city centre principal business area as defined by the proposals map of the City of Cardiff Local Plan and the Deposit Unitary Development Plan (October 2003). Relevant National Planning Guidance: Planning Policy Wales (2011) Planning Policy Wales TAN 11: Noise Welsh Office Circular 16/94: Planning Out Crime (1994)

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INTERNAL CONSULTEE RESPONSES Pollution Control no comments in relation to extend opening hours, provided that condition 4 of permission 08/02329/C remains in place requiring the Westgate Street entrance doors to be locked except in an emergency after 23:15 hours (22.45 hrs on a Sunday). EXTERNAL CONSULTEE RESPONSES South Wales Police (Crime Prevention Design Advisor) The site is located on Westgate Street part of which is outlined in Cardiff Council Licensing Act 2003, Special Statement of Licensing area (Saturation Policy). 25 Westgate Street falls just outside the boundary, but is still in an area that is subject to the problems outlined in the evidence laid. Given the problems of Crime and Disorder in the City Centre South Wales Police would wish to object to any planning consent which allows for opening beyond the existing permitted times as this would then become another premises to attract more pre loaded drinkers into the City Centre. Analysis has show that overall crime in the City Centre of Cardiff is high with 1684 crimes recorded for the three months of July to September 2010 these figures include 409 incidents of violence, 9 Robberies and 705 incidents of anti-social behaviour these levels of crime are all recorded as high compared with background levels in the South Wales Police area. It has been demonstrated in recent appeal decisions to Welsh Assembly Government Inspectors that there is a positive correlation between the number of late night economy premises and the levels of crime and disorder. The Police have a real concern therefore, over the number of late night economy premises that offer either alcohol, food or meals as these tend to bring in large numbers of people pre loaded with alcohol into the area and further increase the risk of crime or disorder occurring. Taking the above information into consideration South Wales Police wish to object to the proposed change of use as this would increase the size of the late night economy and further exacerbate the problems of crime and disorder in the area. This objection is also based on previous evidence submitted to the council and as laid out in the Statement of Licensing Policy 31st January, 2008 (as amended July 2009), which demonstrates the cumulative effect of many licensed premises within the St Mary Street area of Cardiff which has given rise to the increase in problems of public disorder and nuisance.

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The Crime and Disorder Act requires both Police and Local Authorities in the exercising of their functions to do all they can to reasonably prevent crime and disorder. It is felt that by allowing further late night refreshment premises would add to the problems already identified in this area. 7. 7.1 REPRESENTATIONS The application has been publicised by letter, site and press notice, objections have been received from owners and occupiers of nos. 5, 8, 11 & 16 Windsor House, 1, 2 & 21 Kenilworth House, 1, 10 & 19 Marlborough House, 3, 8, 10 & 18 Raglan House, 1 & 9 Dunraven House and 15 Branksome House, The objections relate to loss of amenity, additional noise and potential increase in crime and disorder and anti-social activity. Correspondence of support has been received from Dr Neil Stephens of 4 Braeval Street, Roath as follows: This attractive old building requires occupancy as soon as possible to reverse ongoing deterioration. To allow Beat Box Bars Ltd the revenue streams to upgrade the building and return it to fruitful use they require extended opening hours, and have demonstrated with their other city centre venues that they can do this responsibly. The application would also further allow the development of Womanby Street as a creative centre for the city with a distinct character from other bar orientated sections of the city centre. Having a strong creative quarter will add to the standing of Cardiff for residents and visitors alike. Womanby Street is the only location in the city centre that looks to fulfil this role and the track records of Beat Box Bars with their other successful live music venues demonstrates that they are exceptionally well positioned to deliver on this vision. The following additional support has also been received from Robin Jones: 1. It will bring into use a landmark historical building which has sat vacant for too long in a key city centre location opposite the Millennium Stadium. 2. The developers have a good track record for running successful and high quality venues elsewhere in the city. 3. Approving this license will be a logical addition to Womanby St which already has a strong but small collection of independent music and entertainment venues. I believe that this will strengthen the appeal of Cardiff's 'Castle Quarter' as an area which can begin to be seen in a similar light to Manchester's Northern Quarter, Bristol's Gloucester Rd, Shoreditch In London and other non-mainstream quarters which strengthen the city's diversity and cultural offering, while appealing to a broad range of individuals. 4. I believe that the noise concerns raised by residents of Westgate St are largely redundant if the entrance (as proposed) is onto Womanby St and the license is granted until 2.30am. In fact I would suggest that they would notice little difference as Womanby St is already a vibrant and busy late night quarter. 7.3 Local Members were notified of the proposal, Councillors Knight, Merry &

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Weaver object as follows: A compromise was already reached where the planning committee attached on conditions for the closing times in order to keep disturbances to local residents to a minimum. This new application does not address the concerns expressed previously by residents and the Police and therefore the current conditions should remain. Whilst we welcome the soundproofing plans outlined in this new application, this does not cover the concerns that led to the conditions originally. A big concern is the traffic of people entering and leaving the venue. The report recognises that a staggered closing time between bars in the area. Clashing closing times can cause major disturbance to local residents, especially when there are a high number of bars in one street like Westagte St/Womanby St. The requested closing time of 02:30am would clash at exactly the same time as the busy Full Moon club situated a few doors down on Womanby Street. The current conditions of a 01:30am closing on weekends also the preferred approach of area management to be fulfilled and no variation on this condition should be made. We are also concerned about the request for the later closing time being applied for every single day of the week not just at the weekends. This does not allow any respite for residents living on Westgate Street. Whilst the application relies heavily on the style of venue they are aiming to produce - the planning conditions apply to the building and not to the current owners. Therefore this factor should not be considered in the making of this decision. As the major concerns for the conditions being attached originally have not been addressed by this latest application, those conditions must therefore remain. Councillor Clark also objects to the application as follows: 25 Westgate Street is directly opposite a well established series of residential apartment blocks consisting of 160 flats at Castle Court. It is also alongside a residential apartment block at the Grand Hotel in Westgate Street. The residents in this area already suffer from the public nuisance, crime and disorder and public safety problems caused by the city centre late night and drinking culture. The proposed opening hours will have a negative impact upon residents of Castle Court through: increased noise levels emanating from the music levels and people inside the premises until the early hours of the morning increased anti-social behaviour and noise levels when customers leave the venue since they are likely to be more drunk due to the longer time allowed for drinking and they will be leaving the venue in the early hours of the morning when nearby residents will be sleeping. I do not agree that having Womanby Street as the main exit will stop any adverse impact. Many clients are likely to walk down Quay Street/Westgate Street once they leave the Womanby Street entrance

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approval of this application could create a precedent that could lead to other premises in the upper Westgate Street area obtaining licences to remain open until 4.30am.

It should be pointed out that, as far as I know, no other bar in the section of Westgate Street between Castle Street and Quay Street has a license to operate beyond 12.30 on a Sunday to Thursday or 1.30am on Friday and Saturday. I understand that there is already permission for this premises to operate on these hours and I do not understand why they need longer. Simply putting acoustic treatments to windows of properties is unlikely to be sufficient to ensure there is no noise impact on nearby residents. The current planning restrictions have specifically been put onto 25 Westgate Street to protect local residents from any adverse impact of extended opening hours. Nothing has changed with regard to the potential impact on local residents since when the restrictions were first made. There is no evidence to support the statement made in the fourth paragraph of the RPD Building Consultant application, that The proposals to extend the opening hours will have little or no effect on the character of the surrounding area. 8. 8.1 ANALYSIS Residential Amenity Considerations The premises previously operated as the Glamorgan County Council Staff Club (A private members club with no admittance to the general public). In late 2007 it became insolvent and closed. This use was not restricted in terms of opening hours. The premises are located in a mixed use area of office, commercial and residential uses. Westgate Street maisonettes, approximately 152 units in total are located 20m of the premises; and there are newly built apartments (over 20 units) above the former Grand Hotel in Westgate Street a short distance to the North. 8.2 The Planning permission granted in 2009 (08/2329/C) was therefore for an alternative type of food and drink use; allowing general access to members of the public and allowing use as a restaurant and cafe/bar, and for the performance of live music and other entertainment; hours restricted by planning condition, as above. The principal issue here is whether the additional hours of trading to the general public from 01:30 on Friday and Saturday nights and from 00:00 for the remainder of the week until 02:30 on all days would unduly detract from residential amenity in the area, or be likely to increase levels of crime and disorder in the locality. The Councils adopted Supplementary Planning Guidance Restaurants, Takeaways and other Food and Drink Uses highlights that the proximity of a food and drink use to residential accommodation is important because of the nuisance which can be caused to residents by reason of noise and increased activity associated with customers entering and leaving the premises which could adversely affect their amenity. Therefore restrictions (in the form of planning conditions) can be imposed to limit opening hours to minimise

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disturbance to residents caused by noise at times when residents could reasonably expect noise and disturbance levels to be decreasing, particularly late at night and in the early morning. 8.4 The Councils adopted Supplementary Planning Guidance Premises for Eating, Drinking and Entertainment the City Centre identifies that consideration will be given to whether a proposal relating to a Class A3/D2 type use is likely to have an adverse effect upon the amenities of local residents, businesses in the surrounding area and the public at large thereby recognising the potential for such premises to harm the amenity of the surrounding area by giving rise to or exacerbating problems such as noise and disturbance and other anti-social behaviour. This SPG notes that particular problems for local residents can arise when customers leave such premises around closing time and that issues of noise, nuisance and disturbance are particular problems where alcohol sales are the primary purpose of Use Class D2 (entertainment) premises. In the City Centre Strategy 2007-2010, the premises fall within the Stadium Strategy Area, where it is a strategic objective to manage the concentration of licensed premises. Another objective is to reduce crime and perceptions of crime in the area. A strategic objective of the Strategy is to take appropriate action to ensure that licensed premises operate safely, do not cause nuisance, crime and disorder, in the interests of ensuring a thriving and balanced night time economy. The Strategy also highlights the need to manage the concentration of licensed premises in the area. TAN 11: Noise identifies that measures should be introduced to control the source of, or limit exposure to noise where there are noise-sensitive developments, for example by limiting the operating time of the noise source through the use of conditions to safeguard local amenity. Policy 2.24 (Residential Amenity) of the Deposit UDP states that development should not be permitted if it would cause unacceptable harm to the amenity of existing or proposed residential development. Whilst Policy 2.33 (Food, Drink and Entertainment Uses in the Central and Waterfront Business areas) recognises that whilst Class A3 and D2 uses will be permitted within the Central Business Area they must not have an adverse impact on amenity and the general environment in terms of issues including noise. At the time of the original application for the change of use, much debate was had, and conditions imposed, regarding the use of windows and doors onto Westgate Street and Womanby Street and planning conditions applied which sought to restrict egress of customers to Womanby Street rather than Westgate Street in the early hours as currently applied to The Gatekeeper. It is inevitable however that upon leaving, customers would have only three possible routes from the premises, being to go towards St. Mary Street, towards Castle Street along Womanby Street or towards Westgate Street. There is therefore obvious concern that the degree of noise and disturbance of patrons of entering and leaving the premises up until 02:30 would result in

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a more intense impact on the amenity of neighbouring residents than at 00.30/01.30 as currently permitted. 8.9 Crime & Disorder Considerations Welsh Office Circular 16/94 Planning Out Crime is also relevant and, in paragraph 3 states, Crime prevention is capable of being a material consideration when planning applications are considered. The Circular advises that local planning authorities should consult police architectural liaison officers when determining planning applications. The objection from South Wales Police on the basis that a 02:30 closing time of the premises would likely give rise to increased levels of anti-social behaviour, crime and disorder in the City Centre locality is therefore considered reasonable. 8.10 Representations The representations received from Councillors and from residents of the Castle Court flats on Westgate Street are noted, these issues are addressed within paragraph 8.8 above. 8.11 The representations in support are noted, however the proposal is considered unacceptable as detailed in the above analysis. The applicants supporting statement that trading until 02.30 would be similar to the hours of several premises in the vicinity of Womanby, Castle and Quay Streets, including the City Arms directly opposite the site is noted. It is noted that the premises benefits from a premises license to open until 04:30 and to serve alcohol until 04:00, however the criteria for consideration of granting planning permission is amenity and environmentally based, which licensing considerations are not. It remains, as considered at the time of the granting of the change of use to limit the trading hours to protect nearby residents from late activity and to prevent crime and disorder, than to permit the extension of hours based on parity with premises in different circumstances and situation with a successful licence application determined under different criteria. 8.12 Conclusion Although it is considered to be desirable that the application premises, which is a vacant listed building and subsequently at risk of degradation, be brought back into beneficial use, it is not considered that the existing hours restriction would preclude the viable use of the premises, and that the additional hours are not necessary for the approved use to operate. In this context the proposed opening hours are considered excessive, unjustified and likely to unacceptably detract from the residential amenity of nearby residential accommodation, and likely to sustain and exacerbate existing levels of anti-social behaviour, crime and disorder in the locality of the city centre. Refusal of variation of condition 2 of Planning Permission 08/2329/C is therefore recommended.

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12/09/2012 APPLICATION DATE: 27/07/2012

APPLICATION No. 12/01267/DCI ED: APP: TYPE: APPLICANT: LOCATION: PROPOSAL: CATHAYS

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Charnwood Group 23-24 PARK PLACE, CATHAYS PARK, CARDIFF, CF10 3BA DEMOLITION OF EXISTING BUILDINGS AND PROPOSED MIXED-USE DEVELOPMENT, STUDENT ACCOMMODATION COMPRISING OF 14 APARTMENTS HOLDING A TOTAL OF 79 BEDROOMS. (5 X 5 BED APARTMENTS AND 9 X 6 BED APARTMENTS), PLUS A RETAIL UNIT AS PART OF THE SAME BUILDING AT 200SQM ____________________________________________________________________ RECOMMENDATION: following reasons: 1. That planning permission be REFUSED for the

The proposals, by virtue of the proposed demolition of the existing building and the siting, scale and design of the redevelopment proposals do not preserve or enhance the character and appearance of the conservation area, contrary to LP Policy 3, UDP Policy 2.53 and PPW (para 6.5.17 and 6.5.18). The proposals, by virtue of their siting, scale and design represent an overdevelopment of the site that does not have proper regard to the scale and character of its local context and adversely affects the aesthetic quality of the area contrary to LP Policy 11 and UDP Policy 2.20. The loss of small scale professional office accommodation adversely impacts on the character of the conservation area and its continued role as an important office location, contrary to the Northern Professional Office Area SPG.

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DESCRIPTION OF PROPOSED DEVELOPMENT The detailed application is for the demolition of a pair of Victorian villas on the northern corner of Park Place and St. Andrews Place and the construction of a six storey mixed use development comprising 79 student bedrooms in 14 apartments with retail use (single unit 200sqm) at ground floor.

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professional offices. To the rear is Caradog House, a 5 storey red brick office building. 2.2 The site is located in the City Centre Principal Business Area, the Northern Professional Office Area, the Cathays Park Area of the approved City Centre Strategy 2007-2010, and the Cathays Park Conservation Area, designated in 1975. it is located immediately to the north of the Windsor Place Conservation Area. Park Place, which forms part of the Cathays Park Conservation Area, lies to the east of the Civic Centre and is characterised by terraced and semi-detached Victorian villas. Except for the Cardiff University Students Union Building and Cathays Park Railway Station the frontage has remained largely unaltered. Park Place is one of the Areas of Special Character within the Conservation Area. Within the Park Place Area of Special Character are a number of modern infill developments (including Caradog House to the rear of the application site) that fail to contribute positively to the conservation area due to their scale and dominant appearance in the street scene, and their unsympathetic choice of materials. The buildings to be demolished are not listed or locally listed. The closest listed building is the Grade I listed National Museum Building in Cathays Park. The proposals are not considered to directly affect the setting of the listed building.

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INTERNAL CONSULTEE RESPONSES Transportation: The Councils Transportation Officers observations will be reported to committee. Parks Services: The Parks Officer notes that no public open space is being provided on site and requests a contribution of 41,855 towards the provision of open space off-site, or the improvement (including design and maintenance) of existing open space in the locality, in accordance with Policy 31 of the Local Plan and the SPG Open Space. Community Facilities: The Community Facilities Officer notes that under current policy the proposed development is subject to Policy 21 of the Local Plan (Land for Housing). As no community facilities are being provided on-site and in accordance with the SPG the developers will be required to make a financial contribution of 32,390 towards the provision of additional community facilities off-site or the improvement of existing community facilities in the locality. The use of the contribution will be determined in accordance with the approved procedure which requires consultation with Planning and Members. It is envisaged that the contribution would be directed towards improving either the Salisbury Road Local Centre or Maindy Leisure Centre. Trees and landscaping: The Tree Preservation Officer requests full landscaping details up front.

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EXTERNAL CONSULTEE RESPONSES Welsh Water: Welsh Water request the following conditions, if planning permission is granted: Foul water and surface water to be drained separately; no surface water shall be allowed to connect, either directly or indirectly, to the public sewerage system unless otherwise approved in writing by the Local Planning Authority; and land drainage run-off shall not be permitted to discharge, either directly or indirectly, into the public sewerage system. Police Architectural Liaison: The Police Architectural Liaison Officer has not provided any comments. The Central Area Conservation Group: The next meeting of the Conservation Group is not until 19th September. Members of the Conservation Group were sent details of the proposals by email on 22.8.12 and asked for individual comments.

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The grounds for objection in no particular order of preference are: The existing Victorian villas should be protected The design fails to preserve or enhance the character and appearance of the conservation area. Scale and appearance is dominating and out of keeping. Impact of large influx of students on character of an established office location. Lack of off-street parking resulting in increased pressure on on-street parking in the immediate vicinity.

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ANALYSIS Land Use The application site is located within the City Centre Principal Business Area, the Northern Professional Office Area, the Cathays Park Conservation Area, and the Cathays Park Area of the approved City Centre Strategy 2007-2010. The main land use planning policy issue relates to the loss of existing office floorspace within the Northern Professional Office Area as a result of the demolition and the acceptability of student housing and retail uses. Loss of existing small-scale office floorspace as a result of demolition Situated adjacent to the Civic Centre in Cathays Park, Park Place was originally developed in the 19th century as a residential area and principally comprises of terraced and semi-detached villas. Over the past century landuses within the area have changed and the properties are now largely used as small-scale professional offices. The scale and nature of these buildings make a significant contribution to Cardiffs ability to offer a range, choice and quality of office premises and the Councils approved Supplementary Planning Guidance (SPG) for the Northern Professional Office Area (NPOA) specifically seeks to control the loss of existing small-scale professional offices within this important location. The SPG states that proposals involving the loss of existing office accommodation will generally be resisted and introduces criteria against which development proposals in the area will be assessed, including whether or not the premises are vacant and if so for how long, and whether the proposals will preserve or enhance the character and appearance of the Conservation Area. The SPG also seeks to preserve this specific type of premises for office accommodation, both in terms of protecting the character of the conservation area and to contribute towards the range and choice of offices available in Cardiff.

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policy. The applicant would need to have demonstrated that the proposal would not have a harmful impact on the city centre, the Salisbury Road District Centre, or any strategies aimed at protecting and enhancing these centres. Design and Impact on Conservation Area 8.14 LP Policy 3 requires development proposals to preserve or enhance the character and appearance of the conservation area. In particular proposals need to demonstrate that the scale, layout, form, materials and detailing of buildings in the area have been respected, and that significant views in and out of the area are not unacceptably affected. Policy 11 of the Local Plan states that new development should be of a good design which has proper regard to the scale and character of the surrounding environment and does not adversely affect the aesthetic quality of the area. It goes on to say that the composition, proportion, form and materials should reflect the buildings use and location and that it should have regard for the historical context of sites and recognise the importance of existing landmarks, vistas and local views (LP 4.6.3). In this case the views of the landmark National Museum Building are a material consideration. Scale: The building is approximately 3m higher on the Park Place frontage than the ridge of the adjoining 2 storey villa, and approximately 5m higher on the St. Andrews Place frontage than neighbouring Caradog House. The scale of the building is derived from that of Caradog House, a development which is identified in the Conservation Area Appraisal as failing to contribute positively to the Conservation Area due to its scale and dominant appearance in the street scene. The proposals occupy the entire area of the site and locate 4 storey development to the street and 6 storey development to the rear. The height, form and massing does not exhibit a sensitive response to the traditional spatial arrangement of the conservation area which is typified by 2 and 3 storey buildings facing the street and occupying the front half of the plot, and subservient annex development to the rear. The architectural treatment of the principal facades does not make reference to the character of the conservation area. The elevation to Park Place is treated is secondary to that of St. Andrews Place and employs large areas of glazing and blank stone panelling that makes no reference to the architecture of the Park Place street frontage. The principal elevation to St. Andrews Place benefits from an active ground floor frontage but presents a repetitive and overscaled faade that owes more to its neighbour, Caradog House, than to the prevailing appearance of the conservation area.

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COMMITTEE DATE: APPLICATION No. ED: APP: TYPE:

12/09/2012 12/01268/DCI APPLICATION DATE: 27/07/2012

CATHAYS Conservation Area Consent

APPLICANT: Charnwood Group LOCATION: 23-24 PARK PLACE, CATHAYS PARK, CARDIFF, CF10 3BA PROPOSAL: DEMOLITION OF EXISTING BUILDINGS ON SITE ______________________________________________________________________ RECOMMENDATION: That Conservation Area Consent be REFUSED for the following reason:

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The demolition of the existing building fails to preserve or enhance the character or appearance of the conservation area, contrary to Planning Policy Wales (para 6.5.18), Welsh Office Circular 61/96 (para 33), Policy 3 of the Local Plan, policy 2.53 of the Deposit UDP, and the Cathays Park Conservation Area Appraisal SPG.

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DESCRIPTION The Conservation Area Consent application is for the demolition of a pair of Victorian villas on the northern corner of Park Place and St. Andrews Place. An accompanying detailed application for planning permission (12/01267/DCI) for demolition of existing buildings and mixed use development comprising 79 student bedrooms and ground floor retail is under consideration. The following additional information is submitted: Design and Access Statement

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DESCRIPTION OF SITE The application site is at the corner of Park Place and St. Andrews Place and is occupied by a pair of 2 storey semi-detached Victorian villas (23-24 park Place). Nos. 23-24 Park Place are currently vacant but were formerly used as professional offices. Adjacent premises at 25 Park Place are in use as professional offices. To the rear is Caradog House, a 5 storey red brick office building.

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The site is located in the Cathays Park Conservation Area, designated in 1975. Park Place lies to the east of the Civic Centre and comprises terraced and semidetached Victorian villas. Except for the Cardiff University Students Union Building and Cathays Park Railway Station the frontage has remained largely unaltered. Park Place is one of the Areas of Special Character within the Conservation Area. The buildings to be demolished are not listed or locally listed. The closest listed building is the Grade I listed National Museum Building in Cathays Park.

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PLANNING HISTORY No relevant planning history.

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POLICY FRAMEWORK Relevant national planning policy and guidance

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Planning Policy Wales (Edition 4, February 2011) Polices of particular relevance are: 6.5.18 Conservation Areas Welsh Office Circular 61/96 Planning and the Historic Environment: Historic Buildings and Conservation Areas (December 1996) Relevant local planning policy and guidance

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Adopted Local Plan Policy 3 Development in Conservation Areas Deposit Unitary Development Plan Policy 2.53 Conservation Areas Supplementary Planning Guidance Cathays Park Conservation Area Appraisal (2009)

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INTERNAL CONSULTEE RESPONSES Consultees have responded on the accompanying detailed planning application for the proposed redevelopment proposals. No specific comments have been made on the proposed demolition.

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EXTERNAL CONSULTEE RESPONSES Glamorgan Gwent Archaeological Trust Ltd: GGAT note that the application site is on the edge of the medieval town of Cardiff and the Archaeologically Sensitive Area of Cardiff, and within the Cathays Park Conservation Area: Any ground disturbance can be expected to encounter archaeological remains. Additionally they note that any application within the Conservation Area should seek to protect or enhance the special architectural and historic interest of the area, currently information as to how this will be achieved is not evident in the supporting documentation and therefore we are not in a position to provide a recommendation for archaeological mitigation for the proposed development. GGAT recommend that the application should be deferred until the applicant submits such a statement, and if the statement is not received, would formally object to the proposals. The Central Area Conservation Group: The next meeting of the Conservation Group is not until 19th September. Members of the Conservation Group were sent details of the proposals by email on 22.8.12 and asked for individual comments.

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REPRESENTATIONS The proposals were advertised in the press and on site as an application for Conservation Area Consent for the demolition of existing buildings and neighbours were consulted. The consultation period ends on 6th September. To date a total of 2 objections have been received from Jonathan Poyner (member of the Central Area Conservation Group) and from a resident of Rhiwbina. They object to the proposed demolition and seek clarification on the procedures in place to protect buildings in conservation areas.

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ANALYSIS The applicant proposes to demolish 23-24 Park Place and has identified in their Design and Access Statement that the building has fallen into a state of disrepair (Page 17) and that the existing building is currently encased in scaffolding and is structurally unsound (Page 19). However, no details have been provided of whether the condition of the building has been assessed by appropriate conservation professionals, or structural engineers; whether the repair of the building outweighs its importance to the conservation area, or if the

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property has been marketed for a reasonable period at a price reflecting its condition. 8.2 The applicants agent has stated that reports are to be prepared which address the condition of the building and the cost of repairs v. importance to the conservation area, and the potential for beneficial use. The applicant has been informed in writing by email dated 29.8.12 that in the event that any additional information received prior to committee it will be taken into account and the conclusions reported to Committee as late representations. The Cathays Park Conservation Area Appraisal identifies that the properties situated on the eastern side of the street (Park Place) are largely comprised of terraced and semi-detached Victorian villas and that although the villas vary in style and building materials, they retain a common scale and proportion, and have remained largely unaltered. The existing building is, therefore, considered to make a positive contribution to the character of the conservation area. Paragraph 6.5.18 of Planning Policy Wales states that Conservation Area designation introduces control over the total or substantial demolition of unlisted buildings within Conservation Areas. In exercising controls, account should be taken of the part played in the architectural or historic interest of the area by the building for which demolition is proposed, in particular of the wider effects of demolition on the buildings surroundings and on the conservation area as a whole. The general presumption should be in favour of retaining buildings which make a positive contribution to the character or appearance of a conservation area. Para 6.5.18 of PPW also states that in exercising control over demolition consideration should be given to replacement structures. Paragraph 33 of Welsh Office Circular 61/96 states: The general presumption should be in favour of retaining buildings which make a positive contribution to the character or appearance of a conservation area. Proposals to demolish such buildings should be assessed against the same broad criteria as proposals to demolish listed buildings. Consent for demolition should not be given unless there are acceptable and detailed plans for redevelopment. It also states that the decision-maker is entitled to consider the merits of any proposed development in determining whether consent should be given for the demolition of an unlisted building in a conservation area. The criteria against which the demolition of a listed building (and buildings which make a positive contribution to a conservation area) are outlined in paras 91 and 92 of 61/96. These are: The condition of the building, and the cost of repairing and maintaining it in relation to its importance and to the value derived from its continued use. In

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The adequacy of efforts made to retain the building in use. This should include the offer of the unrestricted freehold of the building on the open market at a price reflecting the buildings condition; and The merits of alternative proposals for the site. Whilst these are a material consideration the SoS takes the view that subjective claims for the architectural merits of proposed replacement buildings should not in themselves be held to justify the demolition of any listed building (or building that makes a positive contribution to the character of a conservation area see above).

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Policy 3 of the Local Plan is primarily concerned with the adequacy of development proposals within conservation areas. However it also deals with demolition of buildings in conservation areas and states that demolition of a building which contributes to the character of a conservation area will normally only be granted where the cost of repair or maintenance outweighs its importance, it is incapable of beneficial use, or where its removal would improve the appearance or character of the area. Local Plan Policy 3 also states that an application for conservation area consent will normally only be considered where it is accompanied by a detailed planning application in respect of acceptable redevelopment proposals. Accompanying detailed application 12/1267/DCI is recommended for refusal on the grounds that the proposed redevelopment does not preserve or enhance the conservation area and does not have proper regard to the scale and character of its local context, contrary to policies 3 and 11 of the LP, and that the loss of small scale professional office accommodation adversely impacts on the character of the conservation area and its continued role as an important office location, contrary to the Northern Professional Office Area SPG. No evidence has been supplied in relation to the condition of the building and the cost of repair in relation to its importance, or whether it is capable of beneficial use. The application is not accompanied by acceptable redevelopment proposals. Demolition is not therefore considered acceptable. Representations The objections to the application to demolish the building, and the request for clarification of procedures in place in order to protect buildings in conservation areas, is addressed above.

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CONCLUSION The demolition of a building that contributes to the character of the conservation area has not been adequately justified and is not accompanied by acceptable redevelopment proposals. It is therefore contrary to PPW (para 6.5.18), Welsh Office Circular 61/96, policy 3 of the Local Plan, policy 2.53 of the Deposit UDP, and the Cathays Park Conservation Area Appraisal SPG. For the above reason the application for Conservation Area Consent is recommended for refusal.

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LOCAL MEMBER OBJECTION COMMITTEE DATE: APPLICATION No. ED: APP: TYPE: APPLICANT: LOCATION: PROPOSAL: 12/09/2012 12/00701/DCH LLANDAFF Householder Mr SPICER APPLICATION DATE: 25/04/2012

5 CARDIFF ROAD, LLANDAFF, CARDIFF, CF5 2DN ALTERATIONS TO EXISTING HOUSE TOGETHER WITH CONVERSION OF ROOF SPACE AND PROVISION OF DORMER WINDOWS TO REAR ___________________________________________________________________ RECOMMENDATION 1: That planning permission be GRANTED subject to the following conditions: 1. This consent relates to the application as supplemented by the information contained in the drawings from the agent dated 09/07/12 and 01/08/12. Reason: The information provided forms part of the application. Within 3 months of the date of this permission the materials used in the construction of the external surfaces of the dormer extensions hereby permitted shall be finished in natural slate and lead sheeting to match that used on the roof of the existing dwelling. Reason: To ensure the external materials harmonise with the existing building in the interests of the visual amenity of the area. Within 3 months of the date of this permission the decorative Georgian glazing bars shall be removed from the front first floor windows in accordance with the details illustrated in drawing number 684/PA/06A received on 01/08/12. Reason: To ensure the external materials harmonise with the existing dwelling in the interests of the visual amenity of the area.

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DESCRIPTION OF PROPOSED DEVELOPMENT Retrospective planning permission is sought for two rear dormer roof extensions and alterations to the existing house. The two dormer extensions measure 1.1m wide, 1.1m to eaves, 1.7m to ridge and with a maximum projection of 2.4m, the dormers will be finished in slate to match the existing roof.

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The other alterations to the dwelling include the render being removed from the front elevation to expose the original stonework and the replacement of windows to the first floor of the front and rear elevation. Currently the windows to the front are white UPVC windows with Georgian glazing bars, although following consultation with the Councils Conservation Team the applicant has confirmed the bars are to be removed. DESCRIPTION OF SITE The application site is a terraced property within the Llandaff Conservation Area. The dwelling is sited within its plot with a small stepped area to the front of the dwelling and an enclosed garden to the rear. SITE HISTORY 05/01371W Reduce the angle of steps to front door by converting the existing 3 steps to 5 shallower longer steps also fit new handrail in between properties planning permission granted 24/08/05 POLICY FRAMEWORK City of Cardiff Local Plan (1996) Policy 3 (Development in Conservation Area) Policy 11 (Design and Aesthetic Quality) Policy 17 (Parking and Servicing Facilities)

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Deposit Cardiff Unitary Development Plan (October 2003) Policy 2.20 (Good Design) Policy 2.24 (Residential Amenity) Policy 2.53 (Conservation Area) Policy 2.57 (Access, Circulation and Parking Requirements)

Supplementary Planning Guidance 5. 5.1 Access. Circulation and Parking Requirements (2010) Householders Design Guide (2007) Llandaff Conservation Area Appraisal (2006)

INTERNAL CONSULTEE RESPONSES Prior to work commencing on site the applicant liaised with the Councils Conservation Team in regards to the rear dormer roof extensions. The Conservation Team has no objection to the loft conversion subject to an acceptable finish. In regards to the replacement front windows although being UPVC they represent an enhancement over the windows which were removed. The applicant has also confirmed that the unsympathetic Georgian glazing bars will be removed.

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EXTERNAL CONSULTEE RESPONSES The Llandaff Conservation Group objects to the proposal in relation to the dormer extensions not preserving or enhancing the roof line of the Conservation Area, affecting the privacy of neighbouring properties, being out of keeping with the rest of the roof scape and appear overbearing. REPRESENTATIONS Cllr Kirsty Davies has concerns regarding the development on the following grounds: Does not improve or enhance the Conservation Area and are out of keeping with the surrounding roof scape. The dormer windows result in an intrusion on the privacy of neighbours to the rear. The first floor windows which exist in the rear elevation of the dwelling do not overlook neighbours.

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The occupiers of 15 Bridge Street object to the application for the following reasons: Neighbouring properties are now overlooked by the dormer windows at the rear of 5 Cardiff Road. If permitted the dormer extensions will result in an un-neighbourly, unsympathetic and overbearing development. The loft conversion at the property is not consistent with the conservation approaches. It is only one of its type in the conservation area and ruins the roof line of the terrace which has been discouraged here and in other areas of the Llandaff Conservation area. Development throughout the Conservation Area has been encouraged towards the use of roof lights instead of dormer windows. To permit this one-off in its current form will adversely affect the principles and practice of conservation in this conservation area, setting a new precedent. The application should be considered by the Conservation Area Advisory Group and Planning Committee.

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The occupiers of 17 Bridge Street objects to the application for the following reasons: Not all properties affected by this development have been consulted. The investigating Enforcement Officer originally advised that the works were Permitted Development but this advice was rescinded when he realised it was in the Conservation Area. The dormer windows completely destroy the privacy previously had, are omnipresent and extremely intrusive. The distance between the dormers in the new development and the nearest habitable room windows of neighbouring properties is below the distance recommended.

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The situation has not been properly assessed in relation to impact upon privacy. Officers have suggested that the windows in the dormers would not impact on the privacy of neighbours anymore than the existing first floor windows do. However, the existing first floor windows do not look above the garden wall. Utilisation of roof lights has been used in previous developments. If the dormers were allowed to remain it would set a precedent and be a clear indication that despite being in a conservation area and breaching recommended guidelines, the planning department will probably waive it through, particularly if you undertake development without applying for planning permission. The dormer windows will benefit only the developer and the occupant of the property but will have an immediate detrimental impact on existing residents. ANALYSIS The application was deferred by Planning Committee on 15th August 2012 in order for members to undertake a site visit. The site visit was undertaken on 5th September 2012. In addition paragraph 8.7 of this report has been amended from that seen previously by Planning Committee to correct inaccuracies in regards to the distances of the windows within the dormer to the neighbouring properties to the rear of the site. The key issues are the effect of the proposal upon the character and appearance of the area and on the living conditions of neighbours. The dormer extensions are considered acceptable in regards to their design and appearance. They are sited to the rear of the dwelling, of a small scale pitch and are set well within the roof plane (0.6m from the ridge, 0.9m from the eaves and 0.4m from the nearest boundary). Accordingly, it is considered that the development will not prejudice the character or appearance of the Conservation Area. However, to ensure the appearance of the dormer extensions are acceptable, condition 2 is deemed necessary. Officers note comments made by 15 and 17 Bridge Street and the Llandaff Conservation Group in relation to the development being overbearing. The Householder Design Guide states that the dormer windows should complement the design and proportion of the original building to help ensure they do not dominate the house or street. The Guide also advises that the dormers should be set below the original roof ridge, set back from the edge of the roof and set back from the external wall. The dormers at 5 Cardiff Road have been set down from the ridge by 0.6m, up from the eaves by 0.9m and from the edge of each side of the roof by at least 0.4m. The Councils Conservation Team state that the dormers are proportioned relative to the roof slope and in this instance reflect the scale and proportions of the property.

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Concerns have been made by the occupiers of 15 and 17 Bridge Street, Cllr Davies and the Llandaff Conservation Group in relation to the dormer windows not preserving, enhancing or being consistent with the Conservation Area. The Councils Conservation Team have advised that given that the works are to the rear of the dwelling it is unlikely that they would fundamentally impact on the Conservation Area and would as such be considered acceptable. With regards to the concerns raised in relation to the roof slope and the impact on the roof line raised by the Llandaff Conservation Group, Cllr Davies and the occupiers of 15 Bridge Street, the Llandaff Conservation Area Appraisals states that new dormers will only be appropriate where they respect the scale of the house, protect the character of the existing roof form and the appearance of the Conservation Area. The dormer windows for this application have been positioned on the roof slope with an attempt to align the two dormer extensions with the windows located in the main dwelling below them. The positioning of the dormers on the roof in this manner respects the symmetry evident in the existing dwelling. It is officers opinion that the relatively small scale of the dormer windows and their positioning on the roof slope ensures that they relate to the style of the existing dwelling and have a more balanced appearance on the roof as opposed to one larger dormer extension. In regards to the neighbouring properties to the side of the application site, it is considered there would not be any adverse impact upon their privacy or residential amenity as a result of the proposed rear dormers. The dormers would be set in from the side elevations and set in from the existing ridge and eaves so as to not cause un-neighbourly impact in respect to the occupiers of 3 and 7 Cardiff Road. Officers note the concerns raised by the occupier(s) of 15 Bridge Street and 17 Bridge Street, Cllr Davies and the Llandaff Conservation Group in relation to the effect on privacy and overlooking caused by the development. The Householder Design Guide suggests that habitable room windows should be positioned 10.5m from the rear boundary of a site and 21m between habitable room windows which directly back onto each other. It also suggests that where there is an established development pattern the above guidelines may not be appropriate. The windows to the dormer extensions will serve one habitable (bedroom) and one non habitable room (en suite bathroom). The habitable room window is approximately 14m from the boundary of 15 Bridge Street and 11m from the rear boundary of 17 Bridge Street. The dormer windows will be approximately 19m from the rear habitable room window at 15 Bridge Street and 20m to the window at 17 Bridge Street. However, it is important to note that these windows will be at an angle and do not directly look into each other. Accordingly it is considered that it would be unreasonable to strictly adhere the 21m distance referred to in the Householder Design Guide. In addition it is noted that the established residential pattern allows for the potential for overlooking of existing first floor windows at a distance of less than

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21m. Windows at first floor in the dwelling of the application site are positioned closer to the neighbouring properties than the dormer windows. It is noted there are trees between the application site and the neighbouring properties to the rear which provide some privacy for neighbours in addition to the existing boundary enclosure. 8.8 Issues raised by 15 and 17 Bridge Street regarding precedent being set following this development are noted. However, each planning application submitted to the Local Planning Authority is dealt with on its own merits. Should further applications be submitted for similar proposals they will be determined accordingly. The replacement windows to the front are considered an improvement to the original. The applicant has confirmed that the unsympathetic Georgian bars will be removed. Condition 3 will ensure that the alterations take place. The applicant has also confirmed that no works will take place to the ground floor bay window to the front. The Councils Conservation Team therefore has no objections. The proposal to remove the render to the front elevation and expose the original stone work is considered acceptable by the Councils Conservation Team. The Llandaff Conservation Area Appraisal states that natural building materials such as stone should be preserved and protected. The proposal does not affect highway safety/parking. It should be noted that it is not illegal to construct something which requires planning permission. Advice within TAN 9: Enforcing Planning Control, suggests that a Local Planning Authority should invite a retrospective planning application to fully assess the development. The investigating Enforcement Officer reached a conclusion that planning permission was required and a planning application was submitted. This application has been publicised correctly in accordance with the Town and Country Planning (General Development Procedure) Order 1995. A notice was placed on site and within the local press. In addition all adjoining occupiers were notified by letter. In view of the above, it is recommended that planning permission be granted, subject to appropriate conditions.

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12/09/2012 12/857/DCH APPLICATION DATE: 21/05/2012

LLANDAFF Householder Planning Permission

Mr Payne 1 FORDWELL, LLANDAFF, CARDIFF, CF5 2EU PROPOSED FIRST FLOOR EXTENSION, CONSERVATORY, ALTERATION TO PARKING AREA, CONSTRUCTION OF OUTBUILDING BEHIND PARKING AREA, NEW BOUNDARY ENCLOSURE AND OTHER WORKS ___________________________________________________________________ RECOMMENDATION: That planning permission be GRANTED subject to the following conditions: 1. Prior to the commencement of development on the first floor extension hereby approved samples of the proposed external finishing materials shall be submitted to and approved by the Local Planning Authority. The development shall be carried out in accordance with the approved details. Reason: To ensure that the finished appearance of the development is in keeping with the area. Prior to the commencement of development on the outbuilding hereby approved samples of the proposed external finishing materials shall be submitted to and approved by the Local Planning Authority. The development shall be carried out in accordance with the approved details. Reason: To ensure that the finished appearance of the development is in keeping with the area. Notwithstanding the provisions of the Town and Country Planning (General Permitted Development) Order 1995 (or any Order amending, revoking or re-enacting that Order) no windows shall be inserted in the first floor eastern elevation of the first floor extension hereby approved. Reason : To ensure that the privacy of adjoining occupiers is protected. This consent relates to the application as supplemented by the information contained in drawing numbers PL03C, SK05, PL08B, PL09, SK03, SK06, SK08 and the planting schedule/plan for 1 Fordwell received from the agent. Reason: The information provided forms part of the application. Prior to the installation of the proposed windows within the dwelling and extensions hereby approved details of these windows shall be submitted to and approved in writing with the Local Planning Authority.

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The submitted details shall include a sectional drawing at a scale of 1:2. The approved details shall be implemented. Reason: To ensure the external materials harmonise with the existing building in the interests of the visual amenity of the area. 6. Following beneficial use of the parking area and outbuilding hereby approved the landscaping as illustrated within drawing No SK08 and the plan titled Plating Schedule/Plan for 1 Fordwell, which were received on 21st August 2012 shall be implemented within the current planting season or the first two months of the next planting season, which ever is the sooner. If within five years from the completion of development, any trees, plants or hedgerow which are part of this approved landscaping die, are removed, become seriously damaged or diseased, or become (in the opinion of the Local Planning Authority) otherwise defective, shall be replaced in the current planting season or the first two months of the next planting season, which ever is the sooner, unless the Local Planning Authority gives written consent to any variation. Reason : To enable the Local Planning Authority, to determine that the proposals will maintain and improve the amenity of the area, and to monitor compliance. No equipment, plant or materials shall be used upon the site for the purpose of carrying out any works associated with this planning permission until those trees to be retained on and adjacent to the site has been protected in accordance with details to be first submitted to and approved in writing by the Local Planning Authority. Unless otherwise agreed in writing by the Local Planning Authority, protection shall be maintained throughout development until all site operations are complete and shall comprise barriers of weld-mesh panels firmly fixed to a braced scaffolding framework, conforming to the current British Standard for trees in relation to construction and located to exclude building operations from an area that extends to at least 2 metres beyond the edge of the tree canopies closest to the works. A small opening may be left to allow normal garden activities, but no materials, plant, equipment or waste relating to the development shall be placed, deposited or operated within the protected area. No concrete mixings, fuels or other contaminants shall be discharged where they can detrimentally affect retained trees on or adjacent to the site and fires may not be lit in a position where their flames can extend to within 5 m of any part of a retained tree on or adjacent to the site. Reason: To protect trees of amenity value that might be damaged by building works or related operations. 8. Notwithstanding the provisions of the Town and Country Planning (General Permitted Development) Order 1995 (or any Order amending, revoking or re-enacting that Order) no windows shall be inserted in

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southern elevation of the outbuilding hereby approved. Reason : To ensure that the privacy of adjoining occupiers is protected 9. The outbuilding hereby approved shall be used only for purposes incidental to the enjoyment of the dwelling house at 1 Fordwell and for no other purpose. Reason: To ensure that the amenities of the occupiers of adjoining properties are protected. The railings hereby approved along the eastern boundary of the site shall be painted black within one month of their installation and be thereafter retained unless otherwise agreed in writing by the Local Planning Authority. Reason: To ensure that the railings enhance and preserve the appearance of the Llandaff Conservation Area.

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DESCRIPTION OF PROPOSED DEVELOPMENT Planning permission is sought for the following works: First floor extension above front (east) facing single storey flat roof garage; Retention of conservatory to the northern elevation of dwelling; Creating a level off road parking area; Construction of outbuilding behind the level parking area; Construction of retaining walls within the rear garden of site to allow a re-grading of rear garden; Construction of new enclosures to the front (east) and retention of enclosures to the west and northern boundaries of the site; Replacement/addition of windows and doors within the existing dwelling.

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The application site currently benefits from a garage sited lower than the highway. This garage is accessed via a driveway which falls in height from the pavement to the garage. Work has begun to convert the garage to a habitable room. Rather than have a drive which falls in height from the highway it is proposed to have a level driveway which provides a flat area the same height as the highway along this part of Fordwell. This will result in the drive being raised by an approximate height of 1.5 metres to create a level parking area which measures approximately 4.8m by 6m. Behind this raised parking area it is proposed to construct an outbuilding which will measure approximately 3.2m deep, 5.6m wide, 2.6m to eaves with a maximum height of 3.4m. Due to the fall in ground level within the application site compared to the highway at Fordwell, it will result in a structure measuring 1.2m to its eaves and 1.8m to its ridge being seen from the front of the dwelling. This outbuilding will be located between 0 2.2m from the south boundary of the site. Within the rear garden retaining walls has been constructed so that the garden to the rear and side (north) of the dwelling is effectively split into two levels. The largest retaining wall runs from the north western corner of the dwelling to the western boundary. A 1.8m high rendered wall has been constructed on top of this retaining wall. The garden to the south of the retaining wall is at a higher level that the garden to the north of the retaining wall. A new enclosure have been constructed along the west and north boundaries of the site. This enclosure is faced in feather edge timber boarding along the footpath side and will be rendered block work when viewed from within the site. This enclosure ranges in height from 2.1m to 2.7m in height (at the north east corner of the site). In addition it is proposed to construct a 1.2m high boundary enclosure to the front of the site adjacent to the highway of Fordwell. This enclosure will consist of a low dwarf wall and railings above. As mentioned above, the conversion of the garage to a habitable room is proposed. This results in new windows and doors to replace the existing garage doors. In addition replacement ground floor windows are proposed within the southern elevation, replacement ground and first floor windows within the western elevation, a new ground floor door within the western elevation and new ground and first floor windows within the northern elevation. In addition, a submitted tree report and plans illustrate that a number of sycamore trees and a cherry tree are to be removed along the southern boundary of the site. A planting plan submitted proposes evergreen shrubs to be planted in their place along the southern boundary of the site. The large Sycamore Tree within the south western corner of the site is to be retained. In addition, the silver birch tree along the eastern boundary, which appears to be within the garden of No 3 Fordwell would require pruning to accommodate the first floor extension.

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DESCRIPTION OF SITE The application site is a detached dwelling within the Llandaff Conservation Area. The site is located at the head of a cul-de-sac. To the west of the site is Llandaff Rowing Club and to the north the river Taff. Along the western and northern boundaries is a public footpath. The properties along Bridge Road are located to the south of the site. The application site is on lower ground than the surrounding dwellings and the highway. It has a large garden to its rear. The ground falls in height as you travel east to west along Fordwell towards the application site. Fordwell is a mix of flats and detached dwellings. Nos 1, 2 and 3 Fordwell are of a similar design and appearance in that they are finished by timber cladding. No 3 Fordwell enjoys extensions to its side and front which includes a first floor extension above what was a flat roof single storey annex. SITE HISTORY Planning Application 09/1197/W Construction of 7 No Flats Refused September 2009 POLICY FRAMEWORK The site lies within an existing area of housing, as defined in the adopted City of Cardiff Local Plan (January 1996). The following Local Plan policy is relevant: 3 11 (Conservation Areas) (Design and Aesthetic Quality)

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The occupier of 15 Bridge Street agrees with the comments made by the Llandaff Conservation Group and Llandaff Society. The applicant has submitted a letter in support of his application. He suggests that the reasons for purchasing the property and proposing the works was to provide a family home within Llandaff. The proposed first floor extension is on the footprint of the unsightly flat roof garage and the proposal involves the provision of fully insulated windows and repairs to the roof. Comments in respect to each objection received in regards to this application has been provided and are available on the public file. ANALYSIS The key issues are the effect of the proposal upon the character and appearance of the area, the living conditions of neighbours and highway safety car parking. First floor front extension On balance it is considered that the proposed extension over the existing garage is considered acceptable in regards to its design and appearance. Although fairly large in scale, it sits above the existing forward projecting flat roof garage and there is no impact on the building line of the street. Furthermore, it is noted that due to the fall in ground level at the application site, its scale is not considered to dominate the street scene or the dwelling. When viewed from the east of the site within Fordwell, it is considered that when constructed and finished in materials to match the existing dwelling, the proposal will not prejudice the overall character of the street scene or wider conservation area. It should be noted that this property is at the end of the culde-sac and does not experience a large footfall. When standing to the east of the site, at the entrance to the street, looking west and north along the river it is not considered to be detrimental to the character of the area. A condition is deemed necessary in order to obtain samples of the proposed finish to ensure it matches the existing dwelling. The extension is sited 12.4 metres at its nearest from neighbouring properties along Bridge Road and No 2 Fordwell. In addition the extension is sited to the north of these neighbours. At its nearest, the extension will be 0.8m from the boundary with 3 Fordwell and 7m from the dwelling at this property. Given the sunken position of the site, the scale of the extension is lessened when viewed from neighbours properties. Given this relationship to neighbours it is considered that the proposal will not be a visually overbearing feature, or will it cast any undue shadow over neighbouring properties. Where it may cast a shadow over the side garden of No 3, it will not be to an extent to warrant a refusal of planning permission, having regard to the remaining garden at No 3.

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COMMITTEE DATE: 12/09/2012 APPLICATION No. ED: APP: TYPE: APPLICANT: LOCATION: PROPOSAL: 11/2178/DCO HEATH Full Planning Permission APPLICATION DATE: 05/01/2012

Mr A Khan 100 TY WERN ROAD, RHIWBINA, CARDIFF, CF14 4SF CONVERSION OF FOUR BEDROOM HOUSE INTO TWO SELF CONTAINED FLATS WITH SINGLE AND FIRST FLOOR REAR EXTENSIONS AND LOFT CONVERSION WITH REAR DORMER ___________________________________________________________________ RECOMMENDATION 1: That planning permission be GRANTED subject to the following conditions: 1. C01 Statutory Time Limit 2. No development shall take place until proposals showing how foul and surface water flows from the site will be dealt with, have been submitted to and approved by the local planning authority. The development shall be implemented in accordance with the approved details unless otherwise agreed in writing by the local planning authority. Reason: To ensure an orderly development of the site. 3. The car parking spaces shown on the approved plans shall be provided prior to the development being brought into beneficial use and thereafter shall be maintained and shall not be used for any purpose other than the parking of vehicles. Reason: To ensure that the use of the proposed development does not interfere with the safety and free flow of traffic passing along the highway. 4. No development shall take place until details of the means of site enclosure have been submitted to and approved by the Local Planning Authority. The means of site enclosure shall be constructed in accordance with the approved details prior to the development being put into beneficial use. Reason: To ensure that the amenities of the area are protected. 5. The approved refuse storage facilities shall be provided prior to the beneficial occupation of the development and thereafter shall be retained at all times. Reason: To protect the amenities of the area. 6. C4R Landscaping Implementation

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Proposals for areas of possible land instability should take due account of the physical and chemical constraints and may include action on land reclamation or other remedial action to enable beneficial use of unstable land. The Local Planning Authority has determined the application on the basis of the information available to it, but this does not mean that the land can be considered free from contamination. RECOMMENDATION 5: That the applicant be advised that no work should take place on or over the neighbour's land without the neighbour's express consent and this planning approval gives no such rights to undertake works on land outside the applicants ownership. 1. 1.1 DESCRIPTION OF PROPOSED DEVELOPMENT Planning permission is sought to extend the semi detached dwelling at 100 Ty Wern Road, Heath and convert the premises into two self contained flats, each having two bedrooms. The application originally proposed three flats but the scheme has been amended to improve the relationship with the neighbouring occupiers and to provide additional amenity space. The dwelling currently benefits from a flat roof, single storey rear extension approximately 4.3 metres in length, sited adjacent to the boundary with the attached semi at 98 Ty Wern Road. The application, as initially submitted, proposed a 8.4 metres long, single storey rear extension, adjoining both the side garden of 98 Ty Wern Road and the northern (side boundary) of 2 Fairfax Road to the south. However, following discussions with the Agent, the proposed extension has been reduced in length in order to limit its visual impact on the neighbouring occupiers and to retain a larger private amenity area. The extension is shown to have both flat roof and hipped roof elements. The flat roof, sited adjacent to the boundary with 98 Ty Wern Road, rises to a height of 2.4 metres whereas the hipped roof rises to approximately 2.3 metres at eaves level and 3.2 metres to the ridge. A first floor hipped roof extension is also proposed at the rear, projecting approximately 2.0 metres beyond the main rear elevation of the property. This element has also been significantly reduced in scale following discussions with Applicant/Agent and was initially shown to be 3.7 metres in length. The structure will be sited approximately 2.0 metres off the boundary with the attached semi at no. 98 and will replace an existing smaller first floor extension. The main roof of the property is shown to be extended from a hip to a gable with a flat roof dormer extension, approximately 1.9 metres in width introduced on the rear roof slope.

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2003. 4. 4.1 POLICY FRAMEWORK Policy 11 (Design and Aesthetic Quality) and Policy 17 (Parking and Servicing Facilities) and Policy 28 (Subdivision of residential property) of the adopted City of Cardiff Local Plan are considered to be relevant. Policies 2.20 (Good Design), 2.24 (Residential Amenity) and 2.57 (Access, Circulation and Parking Requirements) of the Deposit Cardiff Unitary Development Plan (October 2003). Supplementary Planning Guidance : Householder Design Guide Supplementary Planning Guidance : Access, Circulation and Parking Supplementary Planning Guidance : Waste and Collection and Storage Facilities Supplementary Planning Guidance : Design Guidance for Infill Sites Relevant National Policy Guidance is contained in Planning Policy Wales (2011) and TAN 12 : Design. INTERNAL CONSULTEE RESPONSES The Operational Manager, Drainage, advises that consideration should be given to utilising permeable paving to any new external surfacing such as the car parking area as well as other forms of SUDS, if practical, to reduce discharges of surface water to sewers. In the light of the above and in order to ensure an orderly development, the Officer requests that the following condition be added to any planning consent granted: '' No development shall take place until proposals showing how foul and surface water flows from the site will be dealt with have been submitted to and approved by the Planning Authority in consultation with Dwr Cymru Welsh Water. " He also requests that details of this application should be forwarded to Dwr Cymru Welsh Water Network Development Consultants for comment. 5.2 The Operational Manager, Transportation advises that the proposals are acceptable on highway grounds subject to the provision and retention of street parking as proposed together with secure cycle parking provision at the ratio of one cycle per bedroom. Mindful of the concerns expressed by local residents, the Officer clarifies that the Councils approved SPG states that for a one bedroom flat, 0.5-1 car parking space will be required and that for a 2 bedroom flat, 0.5-2 spaces should be provided. He states that bearing in mind the guidelines work on maximum car parking standards, 3 no. off street car parking spaces will be acceptable to serve the proposed development and that the application is considered to comply with the Councils approved policy

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guidance. 5.3 Following receipt of additional representation from local residents expressing highway/traffic concerns, the Operational Manager, Transportation has reiterated his previous advice that the scheme is acceptable, commenting as follows: The proposal seeks to convert an existing 4 bedroom dwelling with associated off street car parking into 2 no 2 bedroom flats. The existing use already benefits from 2/3 off street car parking spaces accessed via Fairfax Road. The planning application as initially submitted, was for 3 no flats (2no 1bed flats and 1no 2 bed flat). The amended plans have reduced the number of flats from 3 to 2, (2 no 2 bed flats), with the car parking layout revised to suit amenity space requirements (whilst still retaining 3 off street car parking spaces). The Councils SPG states that for a development such as this, a parking requirement of 0.5 (min) 2 (max) spaces per flat should be provided. It is considered that the 3 off street car parking spaces shown on the amended plan (plan no 102 R4) are acceptable and should be provided at a ratio of 1 space per flat with the 3rd space being retained for use by visitors. The spaces should be marked to ensure an orderly form of development. Having regard for the above it is anticipated that there will not be a significant material change in the parking demand at this site, as the proposal is policy compliant. The photographs submitted by a local resident show various traffic conditions on Ty-Wern Road (on and near to the junction with Fairfax Road). These traffic conditions are existing, and appear to have been taken around the morning or evening peak period where traffic volumes are expected to be at their highest. As previously mentioned, there are no grounds to suggest that the proposed use (2 no 2 bed flats) will exacerbate already existing local traffic conditions, and that the photographs showing queuing traffic and obstruction on Ty Wern Road will not intensify as a result of this development. 5.4 The Operational Manager Waste Management advises that refuse storage details are acceptable, stating that the areas must be retained for this purpose for future uses. The Operational Manager, Environment (Pollution Control) requests informatives R4 Contamination and Unstable Land Advisory Notice. The Officer has no comment to make in respect of noise/air pollution EXTERNAL CONSULTEES RESPONSES Welsh Water/Dwr Cymru request drainage conditions to ensure no detrimental to residents, the environment and the Companys assets. REPRESENTATIONS Councillor F Bowden objected to the application, as initially submitted, for the

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following reasons: 1. This is a huge over-development of the site. The side and rear elevations are very bulky and out of keeping with the local area and out of balance with the neighbouring property. 2. I believe that this proposal would intrude on the privacy of neighbours to the rear of the property and have a detrimental effect on number 98 Ty Wern Road. 3. This development, while making car parking provision, is located on a very difficult corner and close to the junction with Caerphilly Road where there are already problems with finding car parking provision for cars in Ty Wern Road and Fairfax Road. I think it reasonable to expect that there will be more than three cars at the property. I also note that there will be very little garden remaining at the rear of the property once the car parking spaces and the bins have been accommodated and I think this is unacceptable. 4. I consider the living/dining/kitchen spaces in each proposed flat to be inadequate. 5. The noise element arising from three flats would be a major factor for the residents at number 98 Ty Wern Road. 7.2 Councillor Cowan requested that the application be determined by Planning Committee, rather than under delegated power. The Councillor cites the following reason: out of keeping, unneighbourly development, insufficient off road parking, the development would put pressure on an already exceptionally busy road, precedent for future developments. The Councillor points out that although the application is in Heath Ward, the north side of Ty Wern Road falls within Rhiwbina and that she is representing residents with concerns. 7.3 In respect of the amended plans, Councillor Bowden remains of the view that this is an over-development of the site, in spite of the reduction in the number of flats to be developed. She considers the side and rear elevations would be very bulky and out of keeping with the local area and out of balance with the neighbouring property. The Councillor also believes that the proposal would intrude on the privacy of neighbours to the rear of the property and have a detrimental effect on number 98 Ty Wern Road. 7.4 Following consultation in respect of the amended plans, Councillor Cowan and Councillor Sanders advise that they have received representations from Rhiwbina and Heath residents regarding this application and wish to offer the

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following comments: (i) We are concerned about additional traffic generation at this exceptionally busy location. (ii) Any additional parking on the corner could be dangerous. (iii) Two bedrooms are proposed in each unit, and this could bring a number of additional number of vehicles which would put more pressure on at this point. (iv) If planning permission was given, this would set a really dangerous precedent for other family homes to be developed into flats which would be out of keeping. The only flats on this road are purpose built, with car parks attached. 7.5 A sixty-six signature petition was received in respect of the application as initially submitted for consideration, principally from residents in Fairfax Road and Ty Wern Road. The grounds of objection are stated as follows: If the development went ahead, it would be an overdevelopment of the property/site to include problems of parking which are already strained, over occupancy of three flats, not one dwelling, and early morning and late night noise. 7.6 Following consultation on the amended plans, a further 85 signature petition of objection has been received. Some 50 of the 85 signatories are from Ty Wern Road and Fairfax Road with the remainder from further afield. The grounds of objection are stated as follows: If the development gains planning consent it would set a precedent for future conversions and also cause additional congestion to an already exacerbated parking problem on a main link road causing traffic problems in the neighbouring area, impacting on the local community and passing traffic. The surrounding neighbourhood is predominantly families. 7.7 The occupier of 2 Fairfax Road objected to the application, as initially submitted, for the following reasons: (i) that rear wall of the proposed extension would include his side boundary wall. The laying of the foundations for this wall and any guttering would affect the foundations of his property. (ii) Housing in the area, built in the 1930s, is prone to subsidence due to the poor nature of the under soil. Consequently, the proposed works could affect the foundations of his property and those of his neighbours. (iii) The design of the proposal is not in keeping with the character of the neighbourhood. (iv) The proposed dormer and rear extensions would invade his privacy.

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(v) There are on going problems with the drains in this area, occasionally overflowing. This proposal would only increase this problem. (vi) The proposed car parking spaces would be difficult to use because of the cars or vans that regularly park opposite. There has been a large increase in the volume of traffic in this area due to service and delivery vehicles to a local business resulting in parking on Ty Wern Road and in Fairfax Road, especially at peak times. The proposal would increase this problem, making it more hazardous to exist Fairfax Road. (vii) The occupier also states that the existing dwelling has three bedrooms (not four as indicated) and that the property is currently vacant. 7.8 The occupier of 21 Fairfax Road objected to the application, as initially submitted, stating that three flats would be an overdevelopment, suggesting that two flats would be acceptable. The occupier also objected on parking grounds, stating that existing residents have difficulty accessing and parking within Fairfax Road being a narrow street allowing parking only on one side. The occupier of 101 Ty Wern Road objected to the application, as initially submitted, on the following grounds: (i) Parking. It is considered that the proposal does not provide adequate on site parking for three flats, with consequent impact on surrounding houses and neighbours. The occupier has provided photographs to show examples of parking congestion in the vicinity of the application site. (ii) Potential noise from the occupiers of the flats. 7.10 The occupiers of 98 Ty Wern Road objected to the application, as initially submitted, for the following reasons (summary): (i) Drainage : Poor Functioning drainage in sewers, regular unblocking needed. (ii) Parking: Restricted access to driveways. Strained parking in local area. (iii) Noise from three sets of occupants, reverberating noise though party wall. (iv) Concerns about subsidence. A soil report for 98 Ty Wern road shows clay substrate is not achievable until around 4 meters in depth. The type of foundation is queried and whether it would cause subsidence to their property and 2 Fairfax Road (v) The dormer/rear extension is considered to be overpowering and the dormer will overlook gardens. There will be no rear maintenance access to windows/guttering. 7.11 Neighbouring occupiers have been notified of the amended plans. following additional representations have been received. The

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difficult (annotated photographs of the road have been provided with a view to demonstrating existing congestion/traffic concerns in the vicinity of the site). The occupiers also consider that the conversion of the dwelling into flats would set an unacceptable precedent and that unacceptable noise/anti social behaviour could result. Whilst they are not opposed to the development of flats per se, they are opposed to the conversion of family dwellings within a community environment into investment opportunities with no consideration to village or family. 7.13 The occupier of 2 Fairfax Road continues to object to the application for similar reasons to those outlined in paragraph 7.7. The occupier is also concerned with the inconvenience and disruption that will be caused by access to the site, the building work and the character of any tenants. The occupiers of 98 Ty Wern Road advise that their initial objections still stand. In summary, their main points of concerns are as follows: (i) The amended plan would not result in a reduction in the number of occupants (ii) There are very few house conversions into flats in the Rhiwbina village area (iii) The proposed flats would be small in size (iv) There are no dormer conversions to houses within the local area. Rooflights would be less intrusive (v) Drainage : Foul waste system has been put under investigation by Welsh Water. The proposal will increase the strain on drainage infrastructure. (vi) Parking : There is restricted access to driveways within Fairfax Road of under 3.7metres/strained parking in local area. (v) Noise : 2 sets of occupants, 2 kitchens placed on party wall, reverberating noise (vi) Soil (Foundations) : Ground level and properties have subsided (see structural survey for 98 Ty Wern Road). Soil report shows clay substrate is not achievable until around 4 metres in depth. Ground make up of glass, bricks and soft soil any extension would need piling foundations. (ix) There has been no approach from the owner of the property regarding the serving of a party wall notice. (x) There is concern that the works could cause extreme damage to their property with further subsidence, structural faults, water drainage etc. 8. 8.1 ANALYSIS This planning application was deferred on 1st August, 2012, for a Committee site visit which took place on 5th September, 2012. The application proposes the conversion and extension of the semi detached dwelling at 100 Ty Wern Road to provide two flats. The site is within an existing housing area as defined in the adopted City of Cardiff Local Plan. Policy 28 of the Local Plan states that the applications for

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the subdivision of residential properties into self contained flats will be favourably considered subject to appropriate provision for car parking, amenity space, refuse disposal and appropriate external alterations. In principle, therefore, there is no objection to the proposed use in this area. 8.4 The main planning issues are considered to relate to: (i) the effect of the proposed development on the character and appearance of the street scene and the general amenities of neighbouring occupiers; (ii) whether the proposed development will provide an acceptable living environmental for future occupiers; (iii) parking/highway issues. 8.5 The proposed first floor extension (as amended) is modest in length at 2.0 metres and subservient in height to the main building. Having regard to the siting and size of the proposed dormer roof extension (1.9 metres in width), it is not considered that this element would be unduly prominent. In line with advice contained in the Householder Design Guide SPG, the dormer is set below the original roof ridge, a significant distance from the edge of the roof and set back from the external wall. The proposed hip to gable extension of the main roof will restore symmetry to the pair of semis having regard to the existing hip to gable extension at no. 98. Visually, the proposal, as amended, will read as a conventional extension to a single dwelling house and it is considered that there would be no harm to the character and appearance of the street scene. In relation to the effect of the development on the amenities of neighbouring occupiers, the Councils Householder Design Guide advises that two storey extensions should not be positioned very close to the boundary adjacent to the garden of a neighbours property. In this case, the proposed two storey rear extension, projecting some 2.0 metres beyond the rear elevation of the existing dwelling, will be sited approximately 2.0 metres from the boundary with the attached semi and approximately 7.0 metres from the side boundary of 2 Fairfax Road. It contains no windows in the side or rear elevation facing these properties. Having regard to this relationship, it is not considered that this structure will impact unduly on the amenities of the adjoining neighbours. The window in the proposed dormer roof extension will face towards the boundary with 2 Fairfax Road from a distance of approximately 9.0 metres. It is not considered that this relationship would impact unacceptably on the privacy of the occupiers of this property, which contains no clear glazed habitable room windows in its side elevation. Proposed windows in the side (east) elevation of the extension will face towards the rear garden of 102 Ty Wern Road, across the street, from a distance of approximately 14.0 metres. Such a relationship is also considered

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to be acceptable on privacy grounds. 8.12 As initially submitted, the proposed single storey extension was shown to extend the full length of the rear garden, adjacent to the boundary with the attached semi at 98 Ty Wern Road. Although single storey in scale with hipped roof sloping away from the boundary, it was considered that an extension of this length would be unduly overbearing in its effect on the neighbouring occupiers and would also allow for little private amenity space for the future occupiers of the flat. In the light of this concern, the plans have been amended by reducing the length of the extension and setting its rear section away from the boundaries with both No. 98 and 2 Fairfax Road, thereby providing increased external amenity space and acceptable relationship with the adjoining occupiers. As amended, the proposal for the two extended flats is considered to provide adequate internal space and satisfactory external amenity areas for purposes of clothes drying, siting out, refuse storage etc., commensurate with the size of the flats. The Operational Manager, Transportation has advises that the proposal (which provides three off street parking spaces for two flats), is satisfactory in terms of parking provision/highway safety and accords with the Councils approved guidelines. Issues relating to the construction of the extension including the need for sound proofing will be addressed as part of building regulations application. An appropriate drainage condition is recommended on the advice of the Operational Manager, Drainage Control and Welsh Water/Dwr Cymru. Issues relating to the Party Wall Act are not material to the determination of the planning application. The proposals, as amended, are considered acceptable on planning grounds and approval is recommended subject to the attached conditions.

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COMMITTEE DATE:12/09/2012 APPLICATION No. 11/2190/DCO ED: APP: TYPE: APPLICANT: LOCATION: PROPOSAL: CANTON Full Planning Permission Taff Housing Association FORMER MALTINGS PUBLIC HOUSE, COWBRIDGE ROAD EAST, CANTON, CARDIFF, CF5 1GZ CONSTRUCTION OF 26 NO. DWELLINGS, DEMOLITION OF EXISTING PUBLIC HOUSE AND ASSOCIATED WORKS APPLICATION DATE: 03/01/2012

___________________________________________________________________ RECOMMENDATION 1: That, subject to persons having relevant interest in the application site entering into a binding planning obligation in agreement with the Council under SECTION 106 of the Town and Country Planning Act 1990 encompassing the matters referred to in paragraphs 8.23, 8.26 and 8.27 the Chief Strategic Planning and Environment Officer's report planning permission be GRANTED subject to the following conditions: 1. C01 Statutory Time Limit 2. Details of the means of site enclosure shall be submitted to and approved by the Local Planning Authority prior to their erection on site. The means of site enclosure shall be constructed in accordance with the approved details prior to the development being put into beneficial use. Reason: To ensure that the amenities of the area are protected.

3. E1B Samples of Materials 4. C4P Landscaping Design & Implementation Pro 5. C4R Landscaping Implementation 6. The consent relates to the application as amended by the revised plans numbered 020G, 021D, 022C, 023E, 024D, 025C, 026C, 027F, 028D, 029B, 033C, 035B and Survey Dwg 2321 attached to and forming part of this application. Reason: The plans amend and form part of the application. 7. This consent relates to the application as supplemented by the information contained in letters and email communications from the agent dated 22 May, 2012, 23rd May, 2012, 1st June, 2012 and 21st June, 2012.

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Reason: The information provided forms part of the application. 8. The car parking spaces shown on the approved plans shall be provided prior to the development being brought into beneficial use and thereafter shall be maintained for that purpose. Four parking spaces shall be specifically allocated to the dwellings hereby approved. Reason: To ensure that the use of the proposed development does not interfere with the safety and free flow of traffic passing along the highway. 9. The cycle parking spaces hereby approved shall be provided before the development is brought into beneficial use and thereafter shall be retained at all times and shall not be used for any other purpose. Reason: To ensure that adequate provision is made for the secure parking of cycles. 10. Details of the footway crossover at the existing access point on Radnor Road, including resurfacing/replacement of paving of the existing footway along the perimeter of the site (as required) shall be submitted to and approved in writing by the local planning authority prior to its alteration. The footway works shall be implemented in accordance with the approved details prior to the development being brought into beneficial use. Reason: To ensure that the use of the proposed development does not interfere with the safety and free flow of all users passing along the highway abutting the site.

11. Prior to commencement of each phase of development, a scheme of construction management shall be submitted to and approved by the local planning authority to include details of construction traffic routes, site hoardings, site access, wheel washing facilities and parking of contractors vehicles. The development construction of the relevant phase shall be managed in accordance with the scheme so approved unless otherwise agreed in writing by the local planning authority. Reason: In the interests of highway safety and public amenity. 12. Notwithstanding the provisions of the Town and Country Planning (General Permitted Development) Order 1995 (or any Order amending, revoking, or re-enacting that Order) no structure or extension shall be placed within the curtilage of any dwelling or alteration to any roof. Reason: To ensure the orderly development of the area with adequate space about buildings and in the interests of the visual amenity of the area. 13. Notwithstanding the provisions of the Town and Country Planning (General Permitted Development) Order 1995 (or any Order amending, revoking or re-enacting that Order) no windows shall be inserted in the side (east) elevation of the dwelling adjoining the boundary with Radnor Court or in the rear roof planes of the dwellings hereby approved. Reason: To ensure that the privacy of adjoining occupiers is protected and to ensure that the development does not prejudice the future

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development of adjoining land. 14. The corridor windows above ground floor level in the in the side (east) elevation of that apartment block facing Radnor Court shall be non opening below a height of 1.8 metres above internal floor level and glazed with obscure glass and thereafter shall be so retained. Reason: To ensure that the privacy of adjoining occupiers is protected. 15. The northern site boundary wall adjoining 2 Radnor Road and 17 Anglesey Street shall be retained at its existing height (as shown on drawing ref. 020G). Reason: To ensure that the privacy of the adjoining residential occupiers are protected. 16. The dwelling units hereby approved shall meet the BRE Code for Sustainable Homes (Version 3) Level 3, and shall obtain a minimum of 1 credit under Ene 1 (Dwelling Emissions Rate). Reason: To ensure that the development is constructed in accordance with national planning sustainable building standards. 17. Construction of any dwelling unit hereby permitted shall not begin until an Interim Certificate has been submitted to the Local Planning Authority, certifying that a minimum Code for Sustainable Homes (Version 3) Level 3 and a minimum of 1 credit under Ene 1 (Dwelling Emission Rate) shall be achieved. Reason: To ensure that the development is constructed in accordance with national planning sustainable building standards. 18. Prior to occupation of the individual dwelling units hereby permitted a Code for Sustainable Homes (Version 3) Level 3 Final Certificate shall be submitted to the Local Planning Authority, certifying that a minimum Code for Sustainable Homes (Version 3) Level 3 and a minimum of 1 credit under Ene 1 (Dwelling Emissions Rate) has been achieved for the dwelling(s). Reason: To ensure that the development is constructed in accordance with national planning sustainable building standards. 19. Prior to the commencement of development a site assessment, including ground permeability testing as appropriate, has been undertaken to determine the practicality of utilising SUDS techniques such as soakaway drainage and permeable paving as a first option for the disposal of surface water run off, as well as other forms of sustainable drainage techniques and a drainage scheme for the disposal of both surface water and foul sewage has been submitted to and approved by the local planning authority. No part of the development shall be occupied until the scheme is carried out and completed as approved. Reason: To ensure an orderly form of development. 20. D7Z Contaminated materials

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21. E7Z Imported Aggregates 22. During demolition work, dust control measures shall be implemented on site, in accordance with a scheme to be submitted to and approved by the local planning authority prior to any demolition. Reason: To protect the amenities of residential occupiers adjacent to the site. 23. No part of the demolition hereby permitted shall be commenced until details of the temporary means of site enclosure have been submitted to and approved by the local planning authority. The temporary means of site enclosure shall be constructed in accordance with the approved details prior to the commencement of demolition works and thereafter the enclosures shall be maintained for the duration of the construction works. Reason: To ensure the safety of the occupiers of nearby residential properties is protected. 24. Within one month of the demolition of the building, the site shall be cleared of building debris. Reason: To protect the visual amenities of the surrounding area. RECOMMENDATION 2: To protect the amenities of occupiers of other premises in the vicinity attention is drawn to the provisions of Section 60 of the Control of Pollution Act 1974 in relation to the control of noise from demolition and construction activities. Further to this the applicant is advised that no noise audible outside the site boundary adjacent to the curtilage of residential property shall be created by construction activities in respect of the implementation of this consent outside the hours of 0800-1800 hours Mondays to Fridays and 0800 - 1300 hours on Saturdays or at any time on Sunday or public holidays. The applicant is also advised to seek approval for any proposed piling operations. RECOMMENDATION 3: The contamination assessments and the affects of unstable land are considered on the basis of the best information available to the Planning Authority and are not necessarily exhaustive. The Authority takes due diligence when assessing these impacts, however you are minded that the responsibility for (i) determining the extent and effects of such constraints and; (ii) ensuring that any imported materials (including, topsoils, subsoils, aggregates and recycled or manufactured aggregates / soils) are chemically suitable for the proposed end use. Under no circumstances should controlled waste be imported. It is an offence under section 33 of the environmental Protection Act 1990 to deposit controlled waste on a site which does not benefit from an appropriate waste management license. The following must not be imported to a development site: Unprocessed / unsorted demolition wastes. Any materials originating from a site confirmed as being contaminated or potentially contaminated by chemical or radioactive substances.

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(iii) the safe development and secure occupancy of the site rests with the developer. Proposals for areas of possible land instability should take due account of the physical and chemical constraints and may include action on land reclamation or other remedial action to enable beneficial use of unstable land. The Local Planning Authority has determined the application on the basis of the information available to it, but this does not mean that the land can be considered free from contamination. RECOMMENDATION 4: The applicant is advised to liaise with the Operational Manager, Highway Operations in order to obtain the necessary licence to implement the footway improvement works on Radnor Road. RECOMMENDATION 5: That the applicant be advised as follows: It is recommended that public transport options are provided to tenants upon residency as a welcome pack, as this can set in train sustainable transport behaviours. Leaflets are available from the Council for the bus and cycle routes in the area as well as guidance on the kind of information to provide in the pack which would promote sustainable transport behaviours. Liaison with the Councils Travel Plan Officer, can be sought to help achieve this. RECOMMENDATION 6: The developer is advised that any future resident of the new flats will not be eligible to apply for a residents parking permit on any street, on the basis that off road parking is provided within the curtilage of the site (in accordance with the Councils adopted Supplementary Planning Guidance : Access, Circulation and Parking Standards) and that the development is deemed to be acceptable on this basis, mindful of its accessible location and the level of car parking being provided. 1. 1.1 DESCRIPTION OF PROPOSED DEVELOPMENT Full planning permission is sought for the demolition of the vacant Maltings Public House located at the corner of Cowbridge Road East and Radnor Road, Canton and the re-development of the site to provide 26 dwelling units comprising 22 no. flats (7 no. 1 bedroom flats and 15 no. 2 bedroom flats) and 4 no. houses (1 no. four bedroom dwelling and 3 no. three bedroom dwellings). The planning application, as initially submitted, included two additional flats, however, the scheme has been revised with a view to addressing certain concerns outlined in section 8 (analysis) of this report. Details of the proposed site layout and design of the development are shown on the attached plans. The flats, which are located towards the front of the site, are up to four storeys

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in scale with a maximum ridge height of approximately 12.6 metres. This compares to a maximum height of approximately 14.7 metres for the scheme as initially submitted for approval. Elements of the apartment block have also been reduced to three storeys in height. 1.4 The four dwellings, comprising two pairs of semi-detached houses, were originally shown to face onto Radnor Road, set back from the footway to accommodate a face enclosure with off street parking. In the revised layout, the row of four dwellings has effectively been rotated through 900 so that the houses back onto the rear (northern) boundary of the site from a distance of approximately 9.0 metres and face towards the proposed apartment block, with the exception of unit adjacent to Radnor Road which has been designed with its principle (front elevation) facing towards the highway. The dwellings are shown to be constructed to two storeys in height (9.0 metres to the ridge) with the proposed four bedroom unit also having accommodation in the roof space. The proposed apartment block and dwellings are separated by a parking courtyard and amenity space, incorporating clothes drying area, bin store and a cycle store. The parking courtyard is accessed from Radnor Road and provides 14 off street parking spaces. This represents an increase of 4 no. on site spaces when compared to the original layout. The reorientation of the dwellings permits the retention of 4 no. on street parking spaces on Radnor Road. The Agents state that this part of Cowbridge Road East is of varied character in terms of design, massing and scale, and that the proposed development has been carefully considered in the context of the surrounding area, with two storey houses proposed adjacent to the neighbouring terrace in Radnor Road and development of up to four storeys located towards the site frontage, reflecting the general pattern of taller structures along Cowbridge Road East. The proposed palette of materials comprises a mix of red brickwork and off white render with buff multi brickwork detailing. The contemporary feature of coloured cladding panels has been removed as the amended plans and replaced with a larger amount of red brickwork, considered to be more in keeping with the existing character of the area. External boundary enclosures along Cowbridge Road East and Radnor Road are shown to comprise 600mm high brick walls with 900mm railings above in between brick piers. The existing high boundary walls adjacent to the neighbouring office development at Radnor Court and the housing to the north, are to be retained. A landscape scheme has been submitted which indicates tree/shrub planting turfed area and a variety of hard surfaced treatments.

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how Level 3+ under the Code for Sustainable Homes, (including a mandatory 1 Credit requirement for Enc1 Energy and Carbon Dioxide Emissions) could be achieved. 1.12 The Agent has also submitted a Consultation Report detailing a public exhibition event held on 17th May, 2012, at the applicants offices on Cowbridge Road East. The report notes that the issues which provoked most interest and debate were related to perceived car parking problems, scale, overpopulation and various general concerns about social housing and the occupants of such developments. The report provides brief analysis and interpretation of the responses received, concluding that the points raised have been reasonably addressed in the proposed development (as amended) or are not relevant to the consideration of the planning application. 1.13 In addition, the Agents have submitted a Transport Statement (TS) in support of the application which seeks to detail the transport characteristics of the proposed development and its potential impact on the surrounding transport network. The TS also reviews parking demand within the surrounding streets. 1.14 In summary, parking beat surveys were undertaken in January, 2012, along roads within 200 metres radius of the site. The results of the survey indicate that within the study area as a whole there was: 14% spare capacity (80 spaces) on a Saturday 26% spare capacity (148 spaces) on a weekday am, and 18% space capacity (102 spaces) on a weekday pm

Notwithstanding this analysis, the report indicates that parking along some of the roads within the study area reached capacity. 1.15 The report advises that the site is well served by public transport, with a number of regular scheduled bus services along Cowbridge Road East and is within close proximity to local amenities. 1.16 The TS refers to parking surveys of six existing Taff HA development at locations in Canton and Grangetown, undertaken in March, 2012. The surveys indicate that the average maximum car ownership level equates to 49% (i.e. approximately half of the properties do not own a car or have access to a car). 1.17 The TS also provides an estimate of vehicle trip generation rates from the TRICS trip generation database. Based on a maximum of 26 dwelling units, it states that the development could generate up to 12 vehicles (two way) in the am peak and up to 14 vehicles (two way) in the pm peak. It considers that the volumes of traffic generated would be likely to have a negligible impact on the surrounding highway network. The Report concludes that the proposed parking provision (14 spaces) is in accordance with relevant local planning authority standards and sufficient to accommodate the likely parking demand generated by the proposal.

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DESCRIPTION OF SITE The application site, which measures approximately 0.16 hectares, is located on Cowbridge Road East, next to its junction with Radnor Road. Immediately to the east, the site adjoins Radnor Court which it a two storey complex of office buildings. To the north, the site adjoins the side boundary of 2 Radnor Road and the rear boundary of 17 Anglesey Street. To the south of the site, on the opposite side of Cowbridge Road East, lies the Job Centre Plus building. To the west of Radnor Road, the site faces the side of 258 Cowbridge Road East together with a number of other residential properties. The application site is broadly rectangular in plan and is currently occupied by the vacant Maltings public house. The red brick building is two storeys in scale with a single storey projection at the rear. It sits towards the front of the site with approximately two thirds of the land taken up by car parking, accessed from Radnor Road. The front of the building is set back from the pavement with this area having formerly accommodated a beer garden. The site is enclosed to the north and east by a mix of high red brick and stone walls. The southern boundary and the southernmost part of the western boundary are enclosed by dwarf walls with railings with the remaining part of the western boundary also enclosed by red brick walls with a gap providing vehicular access to the site. There is a pedestrian crossing facility at the front of Road East. The western side of the site, adjacent to non-permit on-street parking with the exception of indicated by double yellow lines, approximately 20.0 the junction with Cowbridge Road East. the site on Cowbridge Radnor Road provides the parking restriction metres in length, near

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on 13th April, 2011, subject to the conclusion of a planning obligation under S106 of the Town and Country Planning Act 1990. The legal agreement has not been completed and therefore the planning permission has yet to be issued. 4. 4.1 POLICY FRAMEWORK Relevant policies of the adopted City of Cardiff Local Plan (1996) include: Policy 11 (Design and Aesthetic Quality) Policy 12 (Energy Efficient Design) Policy 17 (Parking and Servicing Facilities) Policy 18 (Provision for Cyclists) Policy 19 (Provision for Pedestrians) Policy 31 (Residential Open Space Requirement) Policy 49 (District and Local Centres) 4.2 Relevant policies of the Deposit Cardiff Unitary Development Plan (October 2003) include: 1B (Achieving Good Design) 2.20 (Good Design) 2.21 (Change of Use or Redevelopment to Residential use) 2.24 (Residential Amenity) 2.26 (Provision for Open Space, Recreation and Leisure) 2.36 (District and Local Centres) 2.57 (Access, Circulation and Parking Requirements) 4.3 Supplementary Planning Guidance : Access, Circulation and Parking (Jan, 2010) Supplementary Planning Guidance : Cardiff Residential Design Guide (March 2008) Supplementary Planning Guidance :Design Guidance for Infill Sites (2011) Supplementary Planning Guidance : Waste Collection and Storage Facilities (March 2007) Supplementary Planning Guidance : Schools and Development (March 2007) Supplementary Planning Guidance : Development and Community Contributions (Jan 2010) Supplementary Planning Guidance : Open Space (2008) Supplementary Planning Guidance : Affordable Housing (March 2007) Interim Planning Policy : Affordable Housing Delivery Statement (October, 2012). Relevant National Planning Policy Advice is contained in Planning Policy Wales Edition 4, February 2011, TAN 12: Design (2001), TAN 22 : Planning for Sustainable Buildings. INTERNAL CONSULTEE RESPONSES The representations of the Operational Manager, Transportation have been

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included in the Analysis Section of this report (refer to paragraph 8.23). 5.2 The Operational Manager, Waste Management advises that the bin storage area shown for the proposed flats is acceptable. The Officer provides guidance on the required refuse storage provision for the apartments. A copy of the Officers representations has been forwarded to the Agents for their information. The Operational Manager, Drainage Management has raised no objections to the application on drainage grounds. However, in order to ensure an orderly development he requests that the following condition be added to any planning consent granted: 'No development shall take place until a site assessment, including ground permeability testing as appropriate, has been undertaken to determine the practicality of utilizing SUDS techniques such as soakaway drainage and permeable paving as a first option for the disposal of surface water run off as well as other forms of sustainable drainage techniques and a drainage scheme for the disposal of both surface water and foul sewage has been submitted to and approved by the Planning Authority in consultation with Dwr Cymru Welsh Water . ' He also requests that details of the application be forwarded to Dwr Cymru Welsh Water Network Development Consultants for comments. 5.4 The Operational Manager, Parks and Sports advises that as no public open space is being provided on site, the developers will be required to make a financial contribution towards the provision of open space off-site, or the improvement of existing open space in the locality. Based the details submitted with the application. The Officer has calculated the contribution to be 42,182 and will need to be secured via a Section 106 Agreement. The Housing Strategy (Enabling) Officer comments as follows: The site will be developed by Taff Housing Association solely for affordable housing. Housing Strategy fully supports the development of this site for affordable housing and has been working closely with Taff Housing Association to ensure the delivery of the units. The development will comprise of 26 units of new affordable accommodation for single people, couples and small families, all of which are in high demand in this area of Cardiff. The Local Housing Market Assessment (LHMA), which was completed in 2007 and will be updated shortly, examined the levels of current and newly arising need and the estimated future supply to meet this need. The findings indicated an annual requirement of 2,173 additional affordable units per year for the next five years. In addition, waiting lists for affordable accommodation are increasing and there are extremely high levels of housing need. In this area of the City, data available from the Councils housing waiting list

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(November 2011) indicates there are 6,896 households waiting for a property in Canton with only 3 properties becoming available within the last 12 months. Canton has been an area where there has been limited opportunity in recent years to deliver new affordable housing. The Councils Supplementary Planning Guidance on Affordable Housing (March 2007) Paragraph 4.2 states that for larger developments in particular, the affordable housing should be located throughout the site in clusters. In addition, the Affordable Housing Delivery Statement (October 2010) states that the Council seeks to support the development of mixed and inclusive communities[and]will expect that the affordable housing should be located throughout the site and not concentrated in one part of the development. These policies are in place to ensure that on much larger sites in Cardiff, a return to the segregation of affordable housing of previous generations is not promoted. . Taff Housing Association are undertaking a number of developments in the local area. Arguably, the mixed development of 23 units (flats and houses) at the former Victoria Clinic site and the development subject of the current planning application do not together constitute a large development. Both sites are in ideal locations for affordable housing and much of the surrounding streets is in private ownership and used for private rented accommodation. An increase in much needed affordable housing provision may indeed have a balancing effect on the local community, rather than an unbalancing one. 5.7 The Operational Manager, Environment (Pollution Control) has requested conditions D7Z (Imported Materials), E7Z (Imported Aggregates) together with informatives R4 Contamination and Unstable Land Advisory Notice. The advice of the Operational Manager, Regeneration (Neighbourhood Planning) has been incorporated into the Analysis Section of the report. The Chief Officer Education advises that given the number of units and type of accommodation proposed, there are no comments to make on the application. EXTERNAL CONSULTEES RESPONSES Dwr Cymru/Welsh Water has recommended drainage conditions to ensure no detriment to the environment, residents or the Companys assets. South Wales Police Architectural Liaison Officer advises that the application as amended, and supported by points of clarification from the Architects, addresses his initial queries regarding the scheme. The Officer confirms that a Secured by Design application has been received and can see no reason why such a standard will not be achieved. In conclusion, the Officer states that South Wales Police have no objection to the development and welcome the fact that it will be built to Secured by Design standard which will significantly reduce the risks of crime for residents.

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(1) Although the height has been reduced the building still dominates the corner and is overbearing. (2). The Councils Supplementary Planning Guidance : Affordable Housing (March 2007) when taking about large sites states that in order to ensure social integration and the development of mixed balanced and sustainable communities. For larger development in particular, the affordable housing should be located through the site in clusters and not concentrated in one part of the development. Whilst this guidance is mainly applicable to larger estates some residents still consider that taken together with the recent development of the Victoria Park clinic site of 23 affordable dwellings less than 50 metres away from this site there is a risk of concentration of social housing having an un-balanced effect on the local community. (3) Although the development has been reduced by two units, and the parking spaces increased, residents are still concerned that the development will increase parking pressures in the area. 7.3 An initial petition was received, signed by 109 residents, objecting to the planning application. Neighbouring and nearby occupiers have been notified of the planning application. The application has also been advertised in the press and by the display of site notices. 52 letters of objection were received in respect of the application as originally submitted for consideration. In summary, the grounds of objection were as follows: (i) Overdevelopment of the site. The height , scale and design of the apartment building is considered to be inappropriate and not in keeping with the area. The recent development of apartments at the former Victoria Clinic site is cited as unsightly and there is concern that further buildings of this height will give the impression of high rise blocks crammed into a small space. It is considered that the density of development will alter the nature of the locality and is inappropriate for the area. Parking spaces allocated are totally inadequate for such a development. The scheme will impact on local residents in the neighbourhood as residents of the development will have no option to park in adjacent streets. There is no visitor parking provision on site. It is considered that existing parking permits have not solved the parking problems and the area is rarely patrolled by wardens. Parking in the area is already difficult. The development of the Maltings site will increase the problem. There is a significant amount of illegal parking in the area. The vehicular access to the proposal is likely to cause problems on Cowbridge Road East which is already a busy road. Concern has been raised for the safety of children attending Radnor Road and Treganna School as a result of increases traffic. There is concern that there has been little consultation with local residents. Disturbance from demolition/building works if the development was to

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be implemented. Potential drainage issues. It is queried whether the drainage infrastructure can cope with the development. The number of social housing units proposed, is considered by many residents to be detrimental and not consistent with creating mixed and inclusive community contrary to Council policy. It is pointed out that a social housing scheme is already being built at the Victoria clinic site and that in conjunction with the proposed scheme, it would result in over 50 such units concentrated into a small area. Concern is expressed about the potential for antisocial behaviour. Possible loss of view and privacy. Possible loss of light and overbearing in its effect on neighbouring/nearby properties. Effect on local services. Effect on house prices The development appears cramped with limited recreational area for residents of the apartments. The proposed accommodation differs from the family houses predominant in the area and will attract different occupiers, changing the demographic characteristics of the area. There is concern that the adjacent office site is for sale and could be similarly developed.

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of residents take issue with the consultation exercise carried out by the Applicants and their subsequent report and query the methodology and findings of parking surveys submitted in support of the application commenting, in particular, on the timing of the survey. They state, for example, that no information is available regarding Saturday and Sunday evenings, at which times the majority of residents would be at home. Residents continue to object on parking grounds, considering that the additional information does not address the concerns of local residents. It is considered that the development is too large and that there will be too many people in a small area. It is stated that the occupants of the three recently developed houses in Pen-y-Peel Road, forming part of Taff Housing Associations Victoria Park Clinic development has five cars between them. Reference is made to a persistent and unacceptable level of dangerous parking very close to junctions. 7.8 An objection has also been received on behalf of the landlords of the adjacent offices on grounds of overdevelopment, lack of parking, scale and the practicality of constructing the apartment block in such close proximity to the boundary and its associated future maintenance. Two letters of support have been received following re-consultation. A further petition has been received, signed by 72 residents, requesting that a local resident speaks at Planning Committee to raise objections on their behalf. ANALYSIS This planning application was deferred on 15th August, 2012, for a Committee site visit which took place on 5th September, 2012. The application seeks planning permission for the development of 22 no. flats and 4 houses on the site of the vacant Maltings public house, Cowbridge Road East. The principle of residential development has been established by the granting of planning permission in April, 2011, for the erection of 22 flats under planning application 10/1926DCO (subject to the completion of a planning obligation). Notwithstanding the location of the part of the site within the Cowbridge Road East District Centre, the current proposal is considered to raise no land use policy concerns having regard to this recent planning history, the occupation of the site by a vacant A3 use rather than A1 retailing and its location directly adjacent to existing housing. The main planning issues are considered to relate to the following matters: (i) the effects of the proposed development on the character and appearance of the street scene and the general amenities of neighbouring and nearby occupiers; (ii) the acceptability of the proposed development in respect of highway

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safety and off street parking provision; (iii) whether the proposed development will provide an acceptable living environment for the existing and prospective occupiers; (iv) appropriate Section 106 contributions. 8.5 Design/scale/layout The application site occupies a prominent corner location at the junction of Cowbridge Road East and Radnor Road. The built environment in the vicinity of the site displays considerable variety, particularly along Cowbridge Road East where there is a mix of traditional and more modern developments. Building heights generally vary from two to three storeys. However, the Taff Housing Association development at the nearby Victoria Park clinic site, to the east of Radnor Court, includes a four storey apartment block fronting Cowbridge Road East. 8.6 Following discussions with the applicants concerning aspects of the proposed development, including the proposed scale, finished appearance and overall height of the apartment block, the scheme has been amended with a view to improving its relationship with adjacent and nearby development. To this end, the overall height of the building has been reduced from approximately 14.7 metres to approximately 12.6 metres with the third floor accommodation partly contained within the roof space. This compares to a maximum ridge height approximately 11.4 metres for the scheme of 22 flats previously approved under planning application 10/1926/DCO (subject to the conclusion of a S106 Agreement). To ensure an acceptable transition in scale between the proposed apartment block and the adjacent two storey Radnor Court office, the forward most part of the proposed building fronting Cowbridge Road East has been reduced to three storeys, rising to a height of approximately 7.7 metres at eaves level and approximately 10.7 metres to the ridge of a hipped roof. A similar step down in the level of the block from four to three storeys has been introduced along the Radnor Road frontage which provides for a smoother transition between the apartment development, the proposed two storey houses at the rear of the site and the traditional two storey housing along the road. The introduction of more gables at roof level and revisions to the palette of materials is now considered to respond more closely to the characteristic design and finished appearance of other buildings in the area. For example, the contemporary coloured panelling of the scheme, as initially proposed, has been removed and a larger amount of red brickwork introduced. The horizontal banding picks up a similar detail on the traditional three storey corner property on the opposite side of Radnor Road. The four dwellings at the rear of the site have been rotated through 90o so that the houses back onto the northern boundary and face towards the proposed apartment block, with the exception of the unit adjacent to Radnor

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Road which has been designed with its front elevation facing towards the highway. It is considered that this revision addresses the Radnor Road street frontage in an acceptable manner reflecting the building line of the existing terrace to the north, rather than being set back to accommodate frontage parking, as originally proposed. 8.11 The proposed layout accommodates off street car parking in accordance with the Councils guidelines whilst also providing an area of amenity space with provision for cycle bin storage and clothes drying. On balance, it is considered that the proposed development would provide acceptable standard of living accommodation for future occupiers who would benefit from a highly sustainable location, adjacent to a district centre and a primary bus route. The South Wales Police Architectural Liaison Officer confirms that a Secured by Design application has been received and has raised no objections to the proposed development (refer to paragraph 6.2).

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residential occupiers to the north and north east of the site or result in an unacceptable loss of privacy. 8.17 The front elevation of the apartment block faces directly towards the Job Centre Plus building and part of a mixed commercial/residential building known as Hamilton Court on the opposite side of Cowbridge Road East. Having regard to the distance of approximately 23.0 metres which would separate the proposed apartment building from the properties opposite, it is not considered that the effect of the development would be unduly overbearing or that it would result in an unacceptable loss of privacy to those occupiers. It is also evident, that part of the apartment block directly facing Hamilton Court has been reduced in height to three storeys. There are two small dwellings located on the western side of Radnor Road facing towards the northern half of the application site from distance of approximately 13.0 metres. It is not considered that the scale and layout of the proposed development , as amended, would impact unacceptably of the amenities of the occupiers of those dwellings. Neither is it considered that the relationship between the proposed apartment block and the three storey residential building on opposite corner of Radnor Road (no. 258) would be unacceptable on grounds of residential amenity having regard to the distance separating them (between 14.0 metres and 15.0 metres) and the reduction in the height of the north western element of the block from four to three storeys. It is evident that the proposed apartment block would be sited within approximately 1.0 metres of the boundary with the adjacent office building at 1 and 2 Radnor Court. The office has a number of windows in its western elevation, including eight windows located opposite the proposed apartment block (four at ground floor and four at first floor). However, the ground floor windows face towards the existing 2.2 metre high boundary wall and all of the windows are positioned at a relatively high level above the internal floor and are small in size. The principle windows serving this part of the office space are situated on the eastern elevation of the building and will not be affected by the development. Whilst the proximity and height of the proposed apartment block will inevitably result in some loss of light to part of the office space, particularly at first floor level, it is not considered that the effect of the development would be of such harm as to justify the refusal of the application on this ground. Highway safety/off street parking provision The proposed development provides vehicular access into the site, mid-way along the Radnor Road frontage leading to a courtyard parking area containing 14 parking spaces. This represents an increase of 4 no. on site spaces in comparing to the original layout. Furthermore, the reorientation of the proposed dwellings away from the Radnor Road frontage permits the retention of 4 no. off street parking spaces on Radnor Road. 8.21 The previously approved scheme at the site (ref. 10/1926/DCO) provided 19 off street parking spaces for a development comprises of 22 flats (19 x 2

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bedroom and 3 x one bedroom flats). The lower parking ratio of the current planning application reflects the fact that the scheme has been submitted by Taff Housing Association for the purpose of providing affordable housing. The Councils approved (adopted) Supplementary Planning Guidance : Access, Circulation and Parking permits a reduced level of on site parking provision for such development in comparison to open-market housing based on the lower car ownership rates of affordable/social housing developments. 8.22 It is evident that car parking issues have been highlighted as one of the key concerns raised by residents and local members. Whilst there is no obligation on the part of the applicant to improve existing on-street parking issues in the vicinity of the site, it is necessary for the development to comply with relevant national and local planning policies in respect of parking and highway safety. The Operational Manager, Transportation has assessed the scheme (as amended) in terms of parking provision and highway safety, advising as follows: (i) The submitted Transport Statement (TS) identifies that the proposed residential use would be likely to generate 12No two-way trips in the AM peak hour period and 14No two-way trips in the PM peak hour period, which broadly equates to one vehicle movement every 4 to 5 minutes at the networks busiest times. (ii) 14No car parking spaces are being provided within the curtilage of the site, which for an affordable housing development falls within the guidelines set out in Access, Circulation and Parking Standards SPG, i.e. a minimum of 7.5No spaces would be required. As such, the level of car parking provision is considered acceptable, in principle. (iii) In addition, parking surveys have been undertaken on a weekday (08.0010.00 and 19.30-21.30) and a Saturday (11.00-13.00) in the surrounding streets within a 200m radius of the development site, the results of which indicate that generally, there would be opportunity for vehicles to park on street (despite some of the roads being at capacity), should any overspill parking take place. Evidence is also provided within the Transport Statement which demonstrates that the average level of car ownership within Taff Housing Associations existing schemes, (i.e. week day average of 41% and Saturday average of 49%) broadly equates to half of the properties not owning or having access to a car. As such, it is considered that any overspill parking that may take place would likely be limited. (iv) The Transport Statement concludes that the volumes of traffic generated by the proposal will have a negligible impact on the surrounding highway network and a minimal impact on the level of on street parking within the surrounding streets. (v) It is proposed to retain the existing vehicular access on Radnor Road, however due to the number of car parking spaces accessed off this point,

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and in order that priority is given to pedestrians, a footway crossover arrangement will be required. As such a condition is recommended to ensure that the works are undertaken to an acceptable specification and that the necessary road opening permit is obtained. (vi) Due to the accessible location of the site it would be expected that travel modes other than the private car should be encouraged and as such a financial contribution is recommended for the provision of a Real Time Information facility at the nearest bus stop on Cowbridge Road East. (vi) It is considered that the submitted Transport Statement adequately represents the proposal and that no highway/transportation objections be raised, subject to recommended conditions 8 to 11 (inclusive), informatives 4, 5 and 6 and securing a financial contribution of 8,320 for the provision of a Real Information facility at a bus stop on Cowbridge Road East. 8.24 In respect of the further representations received following re-consultation on the amended plans/additional transportation information, the Operational Manager, Transportation comments: (i) The parking surveys contained within the Transport Statement were undertaken on a weekday (08.00-10.00 and 19.30-21.30) and a Saturday (11.00-13.00) in the surrounding streets within a 200m radius of the development site. I would consider that these would generally cover those times when residents would likely be at home, with the weekday evening period having being extended to 21.30 in order to address concerns raised by local residents; (ii) Notwithstanding the above, the proposed level of on-site car parking provision is in accordance with the Councils adopted Access, Circulation & Parking Standards SPG for an affordable housing development and as such is deemed to be policy compliant. It should also be noted that if this were a private housing development, then the minimum level of car parking required would be 15No spaces, i.e. one additional space over and above what is currently proposed; (iii) Mindful of the concerns relating to potential parking problems associated with the houses, it would be prudent to allocate four of the spaces specifically for those residents - as these dwellings would be more likely to be occupied by families; (iv) Where parking takes place close to junctions and is deemed to be problematic parking restrictions would normally be introduced as has previously been implemented at the junction of Radnor Road and Cowbridge Road East; (v) It should also be noted that a S106 contribution was secured by the Council for the Victoria Clinic development in order to survey the surrounding streets, and, if the criteria was met to provide additional

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residents parking. Any new traffic orders required could also include further parking restrictions if a highway safety issue is identified. These monies would be sufficient to include those streets surrounding The Maltings site. The residents of the new flats and houses would not be entitled to apply for a permit in any residents parking area on any street; (vi) The issue of vehicles parking illegally on double yellow lines in the immediate vicinity of the site, both currently and in the future would be addressed through the Councils Civil Parking Enforcement Team; (vii) In addition, the accessible location of the site is such that travel modes other than the private car should generally be preferred by residents, thereby reducing their reliance on the private car. 8.25 On the basis of this advice, it is considered that an objection to the proposed development (as amended) on highway/parking grounds could not be supported. It is also evident that the site is in a highly sustainable location being well located to shops, services and public transport. Community Facilities The Councils Supplementary Planning Guidance : Community Facilities and Residential Development permits the local planning authority to seek a financial contribution on residential developments containing 25 or more new dwellings where it has been identified that investment in community facilities will be required to meet the needs of the new population. The Operational Manager, Regeneration, has advised that a financial contribution in respect of this development would comply with Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) regulations, being necessary to make the development and fairly and reasonably related in scale and land to the proposal. Utilising the methodology outlined in SPG, a financial contribution of 17,999 has been requested (and accessed by the applicant) and would need to be secured though the completion of a S106 Agreement. 8.27 Open Space As no public open space is being provided in site, a financial contribution towards the provision of open space off site, or the improvement of existing open space in the locality has been sought in accordance with SPG : Open Space (2008). In accordance with the methodology outlined in the SPG, the Operational Manager, Parks has calculated the contribution to be 42,182 and will also need to be secured via a S106 Agreement. 8.28 Affordable/Social Housing The application site is proposed to be developed solely for affordable housing. As advised by Councils Housing Strategy (Enabling) Officer, there is a demonstrable demand for new affordable accommodation in the area and housing officers have been working closely with the applicant to progress the delivery of the units.

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COMMITTEE DATE: 12/09/2012 APPLICATION No. ED: APP: TYPE: APPLICANT: LOCATION: PROPOSAL: 12/427/DCO LLANDAFF Full Planning Permission APPLICATION DATE: 26/03/2012

Mr Rees 16 THE AVENUE, LLANDAFF, CARDIFF, CF5 2LQ DEMOLITION OF THE EXISTING TWO STOREY DWELLING AND GARAGE TO PROVIDE A THREE STOREY RESIDENTIAL DEVELOPMENT COMPRISING OF 5NO SELF-CONTAINED TWO AND THREE BEDROOMED UNITS AND ASSOCIATED CAR PARKING (AMENDED PLANS) ___________________________________________________________________ RECOMMENDATION: following reasons: That planning permission be REFUSED for the

1. The proposal, by virtue of its scale, massing, design, materials and detailing, constitutes an incongruous development which is out of keeping with the character and appearance of surrounding developments and which would neither preserve nor enhance the setting of the Llandaff Conservation Area, to the detriment of visual amenity and the character of the area and contrary to policy B1 of the South Glamorgan (Cardiff Area) Replacement Structure Plan 1991 2011, policy 11 of the Cardiff Local Plan, policies 2.20 and 2.53 of the deposit Cardiff Unitary Development Plan, Cardiff Supplementary Planning Guidance Infill Sites (2011), paragraphs 4.4.2, 4.10.9, 9.3.3 and 6.5.17 of Planning Policy Wales (2011) and paragraphs 5.11.2 and 5.11.3 of Planning Policy Wales Technical Advice Note 12 (Design) 2009. 2. The proposed building, by virtue of its height and proximity to the boundaries with 10, 12, 14 and 16 Fairwater Road, would appear dominant and overbearing when viewed from the rear gardens and windows of those properties, to the detriment of residential amenity and contrary to policy 2.24 of the deposit Cardiff Unitary Development Plan, Cardiff Supplementary Planning Guidance Infill Sites (2011) and paragraph 9.3.3 of Planning Policy Wales (2011). 3. The proposal represents overdevelopment of a small site in that the front garden area would be dominated by car parking, to the detriment of visual amenity and the character of the area and contrary to policy 11 of the Cardiff Local Plan, policy 2.20 of the deposit Cardiff Unitary Development Plan, Cardiff Supplementary Planning Guidance Infill Sites (2011), paragraphs 4.10.9 and 9.3.3 of Planning Policy Wales (2011) and paragraphs 5.11.2 and 5.11.3 of Planning Policy Wales Technical Advice

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Note 12 (Design) 2009. 4. Insufficient and inadequate outdoor amenity space would be provided within the site to cater for the needs of all residents of the flats, to the detriment of the amenities of occupiers of the development and contrary to policy 2.24 of the deposit Cardiff Unitary Development Plan, objective 2 of Cardiff Supplementary Planning Guidance Cardiff Residential Design Guide (2008) and paragraphs 4.2 4.5 of Cardiff Supplementary Planning Guidance Infill Sites (2011). 5. The development would result in the removal of a tree which is the subject of a Tree Preservation Order and would also involve works that would be likely to result in unacceptable harm to two other protected trees, to the detriment of visual amenity and contrary to policy 2.45 of the deposit Cardiff Unitary Development Plan, Cardiff Supplementary Planning Guidance Trees and Development (2007) and paragraph 5.2.9 of Planning Policy Wales (2011). 1. 1.1 DESCRIPTION OF PROPOSED DEVELOPMENT The application seeks full planning permission for the demolition of a two storey, detached, four bedroom dwelling with detached single garage and erection in its place of a 3 storey block containing four 2 bedroom flats and one 3 bedroom flat. The house to be demolished dates from the early mid 20th century. It is two storeys in height, finished in red brick and render with a hipped roof, a chimney and a curved bay to the front elevation, and has a footprint of around 10m x 7m. It is set back around 15m from the highway. The garage to be demolished is located approximately 6m from the highway on the southern side of the site. The proposed building is around 9m tall (with the ridge height of the pitched roof elements rising to around 10m) and has a footprint of approximately 15m x 12m, with an additional 3.5m projection to one side of the front elevation. The roof of the proposed building is flat in the centre with pitched-roof elements running along each side forming gables at the front and rear at second floor level. There is a gap of approximately 1.5m between the boundary and each side of the building. The third storey is inset slightly and features balconies to the front and rear. The ground floor and first floor will be finished in red brick with blocks of off-white render, and the second floor will be vertical standing seam profile zinc. Windows and doors will be light grey powder coated aluminium. Five off-street parking spaces, including one suitable for people with disabilities, will be provided at the front of the property, with vehicular access being via a new sliding gate onto The Avenue. The site frontage will consist of the paved parking and turning area, a bin store adjacent to the road, a narrow strip of landscaping to the southern boundary and small planting beds adjacent to the highway and the building.

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Two areas of private garden will be provided at the rear of the ground floor flats and there will be a cycle store and a communal garden area for the rest of the flats (consisting largely of decking, measuring around 4.5m x 4.5m) at the rear of the site. The Pre-Assessment submitted with the application demonstrates that the building is expected to achieve Level 3 of the Code for Sustainable Homes with a minimum of 1 credit under ENE1. Amended plans were submitted on 23rd July 2012. The amendments relate to relocation of the bin store behind a 1m wide planting strip, slight alteration to the position of two of the parking spaces, the addition of railings to the front boundary wall, the planting of two trees next to the parking spaces on the southern boundary, the addition of the pitched roof elements, the addition of balconies to the front elevation at first floor level, slight reduction in the length of the projection to the front (from 3.5m to 2m but with additional balcony and bay window), alterations to finishing materials (increasing the amount of render and omitting feature banding) and a reduction in the amount of glazing to the front elevation. DESCRIPTION OF SITE The site is towards the southern end of The Avenue, between the side of a detached house and the rear boundary of a row of semi-detached houses which front onto Fairwater Road. The Avenue is a residential street which is blocked off at its northern end and which contains a number of large detached and semi-detached houses, most of which date from the early 20th century. The boundary of the Llandaff Conservation Area lies to the east and abuts the rear boundary of the application site. There are protected trees on the site frontage and overhanging the rear boundary. SITE HISTORY 01/02226/W Replacement dwelling. Granted. POLICY FRAMEWORK South Glamorgan (Cardiff Area) Replacement Structure Plan 1991 2011: MV1 (Location of New Developments); MV11 (Parking); B1 (Conservation of the Built Environment). Cardiff Local Plan 10 (Contaminated or Unstable Land); 11 (Design and Aesthetic Quality); 12 (Energy Efficient Design); 17 (Parking and Servicing Facilities); 18 (Provision for Cyclists); 19 (Provision for Pedestrians);

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28 (Subdivision of Residential Property); 30 (Insensitive or Inappropriate Infilling). 4.3 Supplementary Planning Guidance - Access, Circulation and Parking Standards (January 2010); Cardiff Residential Design Guide (March 2008); Trees and Development (March 2007); Waste Collection and Storage Facilities (March 2007); Infill Sites (April 2011). Deposit Cardiff Unitary Development Plan 2.20 (Good Design); 2.22 (Subdivision of Residential Properties); 2.24 (Residential Amenity); 2.45 (Trees, Woodlands and Hedgerows); 2.53 (Conservation Areas); 2.57 (Access, Circulation and Parking Requirements); 2.63 (Contaminated and Unstable Land); 2.74 (Provision for Waste Management Facilities in Development). Planning Policy Wales (2011): 3.1.8: While the substance of local views must be considered, the duty is to decide each case on its planning merits. Local opposition or support for a proposal is not, on its own, a reasonable ground for refusing or granting planning permission. 4.4.2: Planning policies and proposals should (inter alia): Promote resource-efficient and climate change resilient settlement patterns, wherever possible avoiding development on greenfield sites Locate developments so as to minimise the demand for travel, especially by private car Facilitate sustainable building standards Help to ensure the conservation of the historic environment and cultural heritage Ensure that all communities have sufficient good quality housing including affordable housing in safe neighbourhoods. 4.10.9: Visual appearance, scale and relationship to surroundings and context are material planning considerations. Local planning Authorities should reject poor building and contextual designs. 4.10.11: Local planning authorities and developers should consider the issue of accessibility for all. 4.10.12: Local Authorities are under a legal obligation to consider the need to prevent and reduce crime and disorder in all decisions that they take. 4.11.2: Development proposals should mitigate the causes of climate change by minimising carbon and other greenhouse gas emissions associated with their design, construction, use and eventual demolition. 4.11.3: Development proposals should also include features that provide effective adaptation to and resilience against the current and predicted future effects of climate change, for example by incorporating green space to provide shading, sustainable drainage systems to reduce run-off, and are designed to prevent over-heating and to avoid the need for artificial cooling of buildings. 4.11.4: sets out the sustainability standards that the Assembly Government

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expects new buildings to meet. 5.2.9: Local Planning Authorities should seek to protect trees, groups of trees and areas of woodland where they have natural heritage value or contribute to the character or amenity of a locality. 5.5.13: Local Authorities have a duty to ensure that adequate provision is made for the planting or preservation of trees by imposing conditions and/or by making tree preservation orders. 6.5.17: If any proposed development would conflict with the objective of preserving or enhancing the character or appearance of a conservation area, or its setting, there will be a strong presumption against the granting of planning permission. 9.2.13: Sensitive design and good landscaping are particularly important if new buildings are successfully to be fitted into small vacant sites in established residential areas. 9.3.3: Insensitive infilling or the cumulative effects of development or redevelopment should not be allowed to damage an areas character and amenity. 9.3.4: Where high densities are proposed, the amenity of the scheme and surrounding property should be carefully considered. 4.6 Technical Advice Note 12 (Design): 5.11.2 Development proposals, in relation to housing design should aim to: create places with the needs of people in mind, which are distinctive and respect local character promote layouts and design features which encourage community safety and accessibility focus on the quality of the places and living environments for pedestrians rather than the movement and parking of vehicles promote environmental sustainability features, such as energy efficiency, in new housing and make clear specific commitments to carbon reductions and/or sustainable building standards secure the most efficient use of land including appropriate densities consider and balance potential conflicts between these criteria. 5.11.3: The design of housing layouts and built form should respect local context and distinctiveness, including topography and building fabric. The important contribution that can be made to local character by contemporary design, appropriate to context, should be acknowledged. INTERNAL CONSULTEE RESPONSES Operational Manager Transportation: No objections subject to conditions requiring provision and retention of parking spaces as shown on the plans, details of secure and covered cycle parking and approval of a construction management scheme. The applicant should contact Highway Operations regarding the creation of the new vehicular crossover, extinguishment of the existing crossover and possible relocation of the street lighting column on The Avenue at the front of the property. Chief Officer Highways and Waste Management (Drainage): No objection subject to a condition requiring ground permeability tests to be undertaken to

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ascertain whether sustainable drainage techniques can be utilised and approval of a drainage scheme for the disposal of both surface water and foul sewage. 5.3 5.4 5.5 6. 6.1 Pollution Control (Noise & Air): Standard advisory note relating to construction site noise. Pollution Control (Contaminated Land): Standard conditions relating to imported soil and aggregates and contamination/unstable land advisory note. Chief Officer Highways and Waste Management (Waste): No objections. EXTERNAL CONSULTEES RESPONSES Welsh Water: Foul and surface water discharges must be drained separately. No surface water shall be allowed to connect to the public sewerage system unless agreed by the local planning authority. No land drainage will be permitted to discharge to the public sewerage system. No development will be permitted within 3m of the centreline of the sewer that crosses the site. Llandaff Conservation Group: Any redevelopment should reflect the character, massing and form of the existing houses. This is an overdevelopment of the site and the design is completely out of keeping with the street scene. We further object to the break in the old stone wall. This development has an adverse impact on the conservation area which it directly adjoins. REPRESENTATIONS The original application and the amended plans received on 23rd July 2012 have been advertised by site notice and neighbour notification. 25 letters of objection and a petition of 97 signatures were received initially, with a further 14 letters received following the receipt of amended plans. The objectors oppose the application on the following grounds: 1. The existing house has been deliberately allowed to fall into disrepair; 2. The proposal is out of keeping with the character of the street. The building is too large and out of scale and the design and materials are incongruous. 3. The development will be overbearing when seen from adjacent properties. 4. Loss of privacy to adjacent houses, caused particularly by balconies. 5. Overshadowing of adjacent properties. 6. Increased noise disturbance, particularly caused by use of balconies and parking area next to houses. 7. Construction work will cause nuisance and congestion. 8. Important trees, including trees with protection orders, will be lost and the roots of trees adjacent to the site could be damaged. The proposed replacement trees would not compensate for the loss of the mature magnolia 9. The lack of landscaping, particularly on the frontage, will be detrimental to the character of the street. The frontage will look like a car park.

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10. Detrimental impact on birds and bats that use the site. 11. Insufficient off-street parking is proposed. There is already a parking problem on the street. 12. Increased likelihood of collisions at the junction due to increased traffic and parked cars. 13. Use of a sliding, electronic gate would be dangerous, particularly to children. 14. The additional bins left on the pavement may be dangerous to pedestrians. 15. The proposal has an inadequate amount of garden space. 16. Rainwater run-off will increase due to the large area of hard surfacing. 17. The historic boundary wall will be lost. The proposed brick wall, railings and sliding gate would be an incongruous feature. 18. The development will have an adverse impact on the adjoining Llandaff Conservation Area. 19. Property values will be reduced and it will be more difficult to sell houses in the area. 20. There is no demand for flats. Family houses with gardens are needed in the area. 21. Existing flats in the street and the previous planning permission for a dwelling on the site should not be seen as precedents for approval of this development. 22. Replacement of the brick wall between the site and 2A The Avenue with a close boarded fence would undermine the integrity of the boundary. 23. Ground levels are not shown accurately on the plans: houses on Fairwater Road are at a lower level and the impact on them will be considerable. 24. Access through the proposed gate would be impossible due to the presence of a lamp post. 25. The amendments are not acceptable the predominance of glass and zinc cladding is stark and unsympathetic, the inclusion of gables is more in keeping with existing properties but does nothing to reduce the mass of the development, the amendments to the roof profile have made the building even taller, the reduction in footprint is minimal, the increased height will result in even more overshadowing of the neighbouring property, no computer-generated images of the amended scheme have been produced and these could give rise to further objections, the additional information provided by the architects is disingenuous as the photographs are of buildings that are not representative of the street. 8. 8.1 ANALYSIS The site lies within an established residential area and there are no objections to the principle of residential development. The main considerations in assessing this application are the impact of the proposal on the amenities of neighbouring residents, visual amenity, trees and the character of the area (this being particularly significant given the sites location on the edge of the Llandaff Conservation Area, the boundary of which follows the rear boundary of the application site).

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The level of parking proposed on the site frontage will have a significant impact on the front garden area of the property, changing its character to that of a car park which is at odds with the character of front gardens within the street. There is a very limited amount of planting proposed to soften the expanse of paving. Private gardens are provided to the rear which will be accessed solely from the ground floor units. A communal garden area is provided behind these gardens which is only accessible from the front of the property along a footpath to the side of the house. The Infill SPG identifies in paragraph 4.2 that All new residential developments should maintain useable and appropriate external space. It is considered that the proposal does not provide an adequate level of useable space for the units that do not have access to private gardens. The submission of an analysis of existing street character along with the amended plans is welcomed but there is little evidence as to how this analysis has informed the design of the proposal. The amended plans have not addressed concerns relating to the overall dominance of the proposal within the street scene and the effect of the proposed development on the character and appearance of the surrounding area, or the effect on the living conditions of neighbouring residents. The introduction of the gabled roof element in the amendments, whilst to some extent referencing local design elements, does not overcome design concerns about the scale and massing of the building and results in a discordant appearance to the overall design of the building. The significant areas of glazing and zinc proposed at the upper storey and the use of balconies are not characteristic features of properties in the area. The proposal, as amended, remains unacceptable in terms of its impact on visual amenity and the character of the area. It is considered to conflict with the Councils design policy and Supplementary Planning Guidance. With regard to the impact of the proposal on trees within and adjacent to the site, it should be noted that the development would result in the removal of a protected Magnolia tree on the site frontage. This tree is protected by a Tree Preservation Order that was confirmed on 12th July 2012 following a report to Planning Committee that detailed objections to the Order being confirmed. No case is presented with the amended plans to justify removal of the tree, which is considered to have significant public amenity value. Information submitted in objection to the provisional TPO accorded the tree B categorisation (moderate quality and value) with a 20-40 year life expectancy. The same information states that no action is required with regard to the tree other than annual monitoring and the tree may require bracing if potential limb subsidence is identified. The proposal for no action, or at most bracing in due course, demonstrates that the Magnolia lacks significant health or structural defects. In accordance with the SPG Trees and Development and BS 5837, B

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category trees are expected to be retained as part of development, and the design of development adapted to accommodate their current and future growth requirements. The SPG states that Planning permission will not normally be granted for development that: Directly or indirectly causes unacceptable harm to trees or woodlands that have been identified as having significant amenity value. Includes inadequate or inappropriate landscape proposals that fail to provide measures to conserve or, where appropriate, enhance the character of the landscape. 8.15 Where trees are identified in a Tree Survey as being suitable for retention under the criteria contained in the current BS 5837 (trees in categories A, B & C), the Council will normally expect them to be retained. If a developer proposes their removal, they will need to demonstrate how the removal of such trees will enable or enhance their overall design concept and how mitigation measures such as new tree planting and landscaping can compensate for losses. It is not usually acceptable for new tree planting and landscaping to be considered after the layout has been designed. Areas for future tree planting should be plotted on a Tree Constraints Plan and will require protection during the construction process. In the case of this proposal, there appears to be no overriding design consideration that necessitates removal of the Magnolia, and submitted amended plans are wholly inadequate in showing suitable mitigation planting even if the principle of removing the Magnolia was accepted. Amended plans do not include a detailed upfront landscaping scheme, only indicative details of planting, including two new Magnolia trees adjoining an area of car-parking. Trees planted in this position would have a very poor future, since their naturally spreading branches would very rapidly come into conflict with vehicles and the building line, necessitating unsuitable pruning that would destroy their health and form. In addition, such trees are likely to mutually suppress, developing distorted forms that necessitate unsuitable pruning. Otherwise, the proposed frontage landscaping is limited to structured planting to define boundary. This is likely to comprise low maintenance shrubs that offer very little public amenity, biodiversity or environmental value. The plans indicate decking, cycle stores and a soak-away close to a protected sycamore tree at the rear of the site, and bin stores within the branch spread of a protected yew situated on adjoining land. The construction of all these features also has the potential to cause unacceptable harm to trees of amenity value. With regard to the objections received from concerned residents, as listed at paragraph 7.1 of this report, I would comment as follows: 1. The state of repair of the existing house is not relevant to the consideration of this application. The fact that the existing building is in disrepair does not mean that any replacement building will automatically be accepted. 2. The impact of the proposed development on the character of the street is

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discussed above. 3. The scale of the proposed building is considered to be excessive for this site, as discussed above. 4. The windows and balconies of the building would face towards existing houses and gardens but it is considered that they would be at an adequate distance from habitable room windows not to cause unacceptable loss of privacy. Balconies to the rear could enable overlooking of adjoining gardens but the greater part of the neighbouring gardens would remain private and privacy screens could be used to mitigate the impact. 5. The height and scale of the building means that it would inevitably cause more overshadowing than does the existing house. However, no significant windows of neighbouring buildings would be affected and additional shading of gardens would not be excessive. 6. The site is within an existing residential area where there will already be domestic activity. The additional units are unlikely to generate significant amounts of additional noise and disturbance. Furthermore, noise from residential properties is controlled under Environmental Protection legislation. 7. A construction management scheme could be required, which would minimise disruption caused by building works. Matters such as dust and noise are controlled under environmental health legislation. It would be unreasonable to refuse planning permission on the grounds of the temporary disturbance that would be caused by construction. 8. The issue of the impact on trees is discussed above. 9. The issue of landscaping is discussed above. 10. Demolition and redevelopment could be timed to avoid the bird nesting season if necessary. A bat survey has been carried out by an ecological consultancy which concludes that, whilst the site holds a moderate potential for bats to be present, no evidence of the presence of bats was found. The existing building is not a bat roost, no features are present that are likely to be used by hibernating bats and potential use by bats at other times of the year was assessed to be negligible. 11. The Operational Manager, Transportation, considers the proposal to be in accordance with the Councils policy regarding car parking provision. 12. The Operational Manager, Transportation, has not raised any concerns regarding traffic generation or the safety of the junction. 13. It cannot be assumed that a sliding gate, a relatively common feature in urban areas, would necessarily be dangerous. 14. Bins would only be placed on the pavement for collection, otherwise they would be stored in a designated area. This is not considered to be hazardous. 15. The issue of garden space, and access to the outdoor amenity space for the upper flats, is discussed above. 16. Surface water run-off could be controlled the use of sustainable urban drainage techniques, which could be required as a condition of planning permission. 17. The boundary wall is not a protected feature and could be removed at any time. However, any replacement should be appropriate to the character of the area. The use of brick and railings would be in keeping with other front

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COMMITTEE DATE: 12/09/2012 APPLICATION No. ED: APP: TYPE: APPLICANT: LOCATION: 12/464/DCO APPLICATION DATE: 27/03/2012

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Mr Evans LAND ADJACENT TO CEFN EURWG, DRUIDSTONE ROAD, OLD ST MELLONS, CF3 6XJD PROPOSAL: PROPOSED RESIDENTIAL DEVELOPMENT - 4 UNITS ___________________________________________________________________ RECOMMENDATION: following reasons: That planning permission be REFUSED for the

1. The proposals do not accord with Policy 5 of the City of Cardiff Local Plan and Policies H3 and C1 of the South Glamorgan (Cardiff Area) Replacement Structure Plan which seeks to restrict inappropriate development in the countryside including the urban fringe, and also with Policies 1F and 2.39 of the deposit Cardiff Unitary Development Plan (October 2003), which restricts development outside designated settlement boundaries. 2. In order to accommodate this development it would be necessary to remove a considerable length of the hedge adjacent to Druidstone Road to construct a 1.8 metre wide footway and a vehicular access providing adequate visibility, which is likely to be detrimental to the character and visual amenities of the area, contrary to Policy 11 (Design and Aesthetic Quality) of the City of Cardiff Local Plan and Policies 2.20 (Good Design) and 2.45 (Trees Woodlands and Hedgerows) of the Deposit Cardiff Unitary Development Plan (October 2003). 1. 1.1 DESCRIPTION OF PROPOSED DEVELOPMENT Outline planning permission is sought for the proposed residential development of 4 no. units on land adjacent to Cefn Eurwg, Druidstone Road, Old St. Mellons. All matters are reserved for subsequent approval. A sketch plan showing a possible layout for future development accompanies the application. The plan shows a new access centrally located in the site frontage giving vehicular access to 4 no. detached dwellings in a courtyard arrangement. An archaeological evaluation of the site has been carried out in consultation with Glamorgan Gwent Archaeological Trust. Nothing of archaeological interest has been found.

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to liaise with the Operational Manager, Street Operations, prior to constructing the frontage footway in order to ensure that it is constructed to the required standard. 5.2 The Operational Manager, Environment (Noise & Air), has no objections and recommends that the developer be advised of permitted construction hours. The Councils Ecologist requests that the applicant be made aware that the area is known to contain dormice, which are a European protected species. The hedgerows around the site form the habitat for the dormice therefore he advises that any full application should demonstrate how the hedgerows would be protected and the connectivity maintained, including protection from artificial lighting emanating from the dwellings. A full Dormice survey would not be required if hedgerows are to be maintained. He confirms that there is no objection to the removal of the hedgerow fronting the site as it is a small section. The Operational Manager, Waste Management, notes that the plans make no reference to the storage and collection of waste and recycling. Provision for storage and collection must be made on site plans. The Operational Manager, Environment (Contaminated Land) advises that it is unclear from this application whether any extensive landscaping would be undertaken. If imported materials are required then conditions regarding imported soils and materials and a recommendation regarding contamination would be required. The Operational Manager, Drainage Division, recommends a condition regarding drainage details which should include the use of sustainable drainage techniques for the disposal of surface water if possible. EXTERNAL CONSULTEES RESPONSES Glamorgan Gwent Archaeological Trust (GGAT) notes that the evaluation found no archaeological evidence of any form of human activity other than agricultural use on the site. Therefore concerns that a significant Roman site was located in the area can be dismissed and they have no objection to the determination of the application. The Countryside Council for Wales has no comments. Welsh Water recommend drainage conditions be attached to any permission. REPRESENTATIONS Councillors G Phillips objects to the application, noting that several previous applications have been submitted on the site and the most recent was refused at appeal (ref: 06/02672/E). The status of the site has not changed since this refusal and neither has the planning rules applied at that time. Councillor G Phillips notes a new Government requirement whereby applications for

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residential development must prove that the site has good connectivity; the site fails on these grounds therefore no residential development should be allowed. 7.2 Councillor D Rees objects to the proposals for the following reasons: (i) Development beyond the settlement boundary; (ii) Unsustainable location with inadequate access to employment, retail or other services; (iii) Connectivity is poor and would result in increased dependence on the motor car; (iv) There is no local public transport. The 56 bus service was removed over two years ago; (v) The proposed design is not in keeping with the semi-rural nature of Druidstone Road; (vi) Druidstone Road SINC has been identified as rich in grassland species. There is strong evidence of the European protected species Dormice as present locally; (vii) Until cleared by the current owner the site was a richly wooded area of significant local value; (viii)There is local concern that this development, if granted, would contribute to a creeping urbanisation of the area which is unwelcome. 7.3 The proposals were advertised by site notice for which the consultation period expired on 26 April 2012. 6 no. letters objecting to the proposals have been received from residents of Began Road, Tyr Winch Road and Druidstone Road including Began House, Shenstone, Larks Rise, Ridges, The Moorings and Springfield House. Their objections are summarised as follows: (i) (ii) (iii) (iv) (v) (vi) (vii) (viii) (ix) (x) (xi) (xii) (xiii) 7.5 Lack of connectivity as the site is distant from public transport and would not minimise the use of private cars; Safety concerns for cyclists and pedestrians and vehicles entering and egressing the site; No consideration of low or zero carbon emissions; Harm to the character and appearance of the area; Loss of privacy for neighbouring dwellings; Potential harm to wildlife and protected species (dormice); High density development in a low density area; Conflict with Local Development Plan policies SP2, SP6, SP9, HER1, HER9, TRANS2; Countryside location; Contemporary design is out of keeping; Harmful impact to the Druidstone Road Site of Importance for Nature Conservation (SINC); Contrary to paragraph 5.9.4 of Technical Advice Note 12; Contrary to paragraph 9.1.2 of Planning Policy Wales (PPW);

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Planning Committee for determination rather than being determined under officers delegated powers. 7.6 Harmers Town Planning and Development Consultants have submitted a letter of objection on behalf of the Old St. Mellons residents group, noting that all previous applications for residential development on the site have been refused. They also draw attention to the Inspectors decision in dismissing the appeal for application no. 06/02672/E where he found that the proposal would result in a change of character of land and the road frontage which would significantly harm the rural character and appearance of the area, contrary to the relevant development plan and national policies that seek to protect the countryside. They advise that there has been no material change in planning policies since this decision and therefore the proposals should be refuse permission. They also highlight that the archaeological restraint on the site must be satisfactorily addressed. Old St. Mellons Community Council object to the development as the site is within the open countryside beyond the settlement boundary, would result in over-development, and a lack of connectivity leading to traffic concerns. ANALYSIS The key issues consideration of this application are whether the proposed development is acceptable mindful of its countryside location, the impact of the development on the character of the area, housing land supply, highway access considerations, and ecology matters. As noted in paragraph 2.5, the site is located on land identified as open countryside in the adopted Local Plan and beyond the settlement boundary in the deposit Unitary Development Plan (UDP). Planning Policy Wales (PPW) and Technical Advice Note 6 (TAN6) suggest that new residential development in the countryside should be strictly controlled and is only usually permitted if it is for agricultural and forestry purposes and satisfies the functional and financial tests. Local planning policies relating to the countryside also suggest that new build residential is not considered appropriate within the countryside unless it is for agriculture or forestry purposes. No supporting information has been submitted with the application to address these tests and therefore the proposal to develop 4 no. residential dwellings is not considered to be consistent with national and local policies relating to development in the countryside. The extensive planning history to the site also demonstrates the Councils strong approach to protecting this site from development that fails to accord with countryside policies. The most recent application relating to residential development on the site (ref: 06/02672/E) was refused permission by the local planning authority in April 2007 and was subsequently dismissed at appeal in December 2007 (see paragraph 3.3). In dismissing the appeal the Inspector acknowledged that the development would conflict with countryside policies at national and local level and concluded that its general character [Druidstone Road] is that of countryside, and the appeal site makes a

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significant contribution towards that character. He further added that The development of a house on the land would obviously change its character entirely, and most of its contribution towards the general rural character of the area would be lost. He concluded that the development of one dwelling on the site would significantly harm the rural character and appearance of the area and would be contrary to national and local planning policies that seek to protect the countryside. 8.4 The site also forms part of the Eastern Lowlands Landscape Character area as defined by the Cardiff Landscape Study 2008 and despite its proximity to the urban edge has a generally rural and agricultural character. Druidstone Road is a mix of large houses in big plots interspersed with paddocks and fields, which helps to retain the local rural character of the area. Although the application is outline only with all matters reserved, the indicative sketch plan gives an indication of the likely impact of the development that 4 no. dwellings, and their associated outbuildings, would be likely to have on the area. It is considered that such a development would cause unacceptable harm to the predominantly rural character of the area. Whilst there are strong countryside policy arguments against the development, it should also be noted that national planning policy also requires local planning authorities to ensure that sufficient land is genuinely available, or will become available, to provide a 5 year supply of housing. The Joint Housing Land Availability Study for Cardiff (August 2012) indicates that Cardiff has a 2.3 year residential land supply based on the past 5 years build rates. Where such a shortfall exists TAN 1 states, the need to increase supply should be given considerable weight when dealing with planning applications, provided that development would otherwise comply with national planning policies. It is recognised that there is a land supply below the 5 year requirement; however, in view of the small scale of this proposal, it is evident that the release of this site would not result in any significant contribution towards the land supply deficient that would justify breaching the forementioned countryside policies protecting development at this location. The guidance in TAN 1 does not suggest that the requirement to give weight to a shortfall in housing supply should override national planning policy, and Planning Policy Wales states that the Welsh Government will seek to ensure that previously developed land is used in preference to greenfield sites and also sets out criteria (paragraph 9.2.9) that local planning authorities should consider when deciding which sites to allocate in development plans. Concerning ecology issues, the Councils Ecologist has highlighted the likelihood of dormice being present on site, which are a European protected species (see paragraph 5.3). The Ecologist has no objection in principle to removal of the hedgerow fronting the site as he considers that the hedgerow is not a vital link to the wider hedgerow habitat and its removal would only comprise a small length (approximately 50 metres).

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improve access for all and are not of a scale that could fragment the local community; (xiv) Paragraph 9.1.2 of Planning Policy Wales (PPW) relates to the creation of sustainable communities. The proposals are not considered to conflict with this guidance. 8.12 In conclusion, it is considered that the proposals would be in conflict with local and national planning policies protecting development in the countryside, and the development of 4 no. dwellings and their associated outbuildings, together with the necessary removal of the existing frontage hedgerow, would result have a harmful impact on the rural character of this part of Druidstone Road. Despite the shortfall in housing land supply, this should not override existing policies protecting development in the countryside and it is therefore recommended that planning permission be refused for these reasons.

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COMMITTEE DATE: 15/08/2012 APPLICATION No. ED: APP: TYPE: 12/529/DCO RHIWBINA Full Planning Permission APPLICATION DATE: 01/05/2012

APPLICANT: Mr Carlson LOCATION: LAND ADJACENT TO 15 CWM NOFYDD, RHIWBINA PROPOSAL: RETENTION OF DETACHED DWELLING ___________________________________________________________________ RECOMMENDATION 1: That planning permission be GRANTED subject to the following conditions: 1. Notwithstanding the provisions of the Town and Country Planning (General Permitted Development) Order 1995 (or any Order amending, revoking, or re-enacting that Order) no structure or extension shall be placed within the curtilage of the dwelling or any alteration undertaken to any roof. Reason: To ensure the orderly development of the area with adequate space about buildings and in the interests of the visual amenity of the area. 2. Within 3 months of this approval a landscaping scheme shall be submitted in writing to the Local Planning Authority for its approval. Thereafter the scheme shall be implemented within the next planting season. The submitted details shall include provision of a replacement tree for the Ash tree lost as a consequence of this development. Details of the species of the replacement shall be submitted together with its planted size, measures to provide any necessary soil enhancement and details of its subsequent maintenance. Reason: In accordance with the special duty imposed by Section 197 of the Town and Country Planning Act 1990 in the interests of the visual amenity of the area. 3. The landscaping shall be carried out in accordance with the approved scheme submitted in discharge of condition 3. Any trees, plants, or hedgerows which, within a period of five years from the completion of the development, die, or are removed, or become seriously damaged or diseased, shall be replaced in the current planting season or the first two months of the next planting season whichever is the sooner, unless the Local Planning Authority gives written consent to any variation. Reason: To maintain and improve the amenity of the area 4. The two parking spaces at the front of the property shall be maintained at

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all times and shall not be used for any purpose other than the parking of vehicles. Reason: To ensure that the use of the proposed development does not interfere with the safety and free flow of traffic passing along the highway. RECOMMENDATION 2: The applicant is advised to contact Welsh Water tel 08009172652 quoting reference number 2012/DCWW/80124. to assess the location of any sewers. 1. 1.1 DESCRIPTION OF PROPOSED DEVELOPMENT Full planning permission is sought to retain the house with a rear dormer and two parking spaces to the front. The house is finished in render to the first floor and facing brick to the ground floor. Planning permission was granted in 2008 (planning reference 08/00193/W) for a detached house without a dormer. The house that has been built is unauthorised due to the construction of the dormer at the same time as the house. The application was presented at the August planning committee meeting where it was deferred for a site visit which took place on the 5th September,2012 DESCRIPTION OF SITE The area was formerly used for two flat roof garages which were located next to a row of terrace and semi detached properties. The site is elevated higher than the adjoining properties. The site is not located within a conservation area and nor are there any Listed Buildings affected by this development. The Cwm Nofydd Estate is characterised by post war semi-detached / terraced housing. Immediately to the south is the car park of the Deri public house. SITE HISTORY 08/193/W Erection of a 3 bedroom house - approved. 07/2873/W Withdrawn 9/394/N detached dwelling and garage refused overbearing and cramped form of development POLICY FRAMEWORK The Crime and Disorder Act (1998) created a statutory partnership between local authorities, the police and other key partners to work together in reducing crime and disorder in all aspects of their work. Section 17 of the Act states:

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turned a mistaken design into a visual monstrosity and has three main concerns: I am concerned at the obvious fact that the building is wholly out of keeping with its neighbours. This is especially pronounced in relation to the nearest street-neighbours in regard to scale (out of keeping by height), appearance (neither in keeping regarding render nor roof material) and shape (verticality to squeeze floorspace into an inappropriate site). Second, proximity of boundaries is worrying technically. Presuming fire regulations and other by-laws have been adhered to, it is clearly apparent that a conflagration could easily spread to the neighbouring property, especially given Cardiff's 'windy city' character. Third, and finally, the overlooking of properties occasioned by the rear dormer window is truly unacceptable given the preceding point about proximity. Permission should never be given for a dwelling on that site. It should absolutely not allow a top-floor dormer window (if permission ever was given for that). Instead, as a general rule in such impossible spaces upper floor fenestration should - as at the front - be restricted to a flat 'Velux' window, which would have been far less intrusive. 7.2 A petition of over 50 residents has been submitted, which supports the retention of the dwelling. Also a petition of 300 signatures has been submitted against the development The Local Ward Members have been notified and Cllr Cowan objects to this scheme on the following grounds: The scale, height, massing and finish is out of character with the area and contrary to local and national policies which seeks good design to have regard to the character and context of the area The dormer is an intrusive feature that harms the amenity and privacy of the adjoining neighbours

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Ely Bridge Development Company Ltd FORMER ARJO WIGGINS, OLD MILL BUSINESS PARK, SANATORIUM ROAD, CANTON, CARDIFF, CF11 8DS PROPOSAL: SITE REMEDIATION INCLUDING BREAKING UP, CRUSHING AND STOCKPILING OF CONCRETE HARD STANDINGS AND FOUNDATIONS, EXCAVATION AND RECOMPACTION OF MADE GROUND, APPROPRIATE TREATMENT OF CONTAMINATION, REMOVAL OF DRAINS AND SERVICES AND TREATMENT OF JAPANESE KNOTWEED AND ANY OTHER ASSOCIATED WORKS ___________________________________________________________________ RECOMMENDATION 1: That planning permission be GRANTED subject to the following conditions: 1. C01 Statutory Time Limit 2. Prior to the commencement of the development an assessment of the nature and extent of contamination shall be submitted to and approved in writing by the Local Planning Authority. This assessment must be carried out by or under the direction of a suitably qualified competent person * in accordance with BS10175 (2011) Code of Practice for the Investigation of Potentially Contaminated Sites and shall assess any contamination on the site, whether or not it originates on the site. The report of the findings shall include: (i) a desk top study to identify all previous uses at the site and potential contaminants associated with those uses and the impacts from those contaminants on land and controlled waters. The desk study shall establish a conceptual site model (CSM) which identifies and assesses all identified potential source, pathway, and receptor linkages; an intrusive investigation to assess the extent, scale and nature of contamination which may be present, if identified as required by the desk top study; an assessment of the potential risks to: human health, groundwaters and surface waters adjoining land, property (existing or proposed) including buildings, crops,

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an appraisal of remedial options, and justification for the preferred remedial option(s). All work and submissions carried out for the purposes of this condition must be conducted in accordance with DEFRA and the Environment Agencys Model procedures for the Management of Land Contamination, CLR 11 (September 2004) and the WLGA / WAG / EA guidance document Land Contamination: A guide for Developers (2012), unless the Local Planning Authority agrees to any variation. * A suitably qualified competent person would normally be expected to be a chartered member of an appropriate professional body (such as the Institution of Civil Engineers, Geological Society of London, Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors, Institution of Environmental Management) and also have relevant experience of investigating contaminated sites.

Reason: To ensure that information provided for the assessment of the risks from land contamination to the future users of the land, neighbouring land, controlled waters, property and ecological systems is sufficient to enable a proper assessment in accordance with policy 2.63 of the Cardiff Unitary Development Plan.

3. Prior to the commencement of the development a detailed remediation scheme and verification plan to bring the site to a condition suitable for the intended use by removing any unacceptable risks to human health, controlled waters, buildings, other property and the natural and historical environment shall be submitted to and approved in writing by the Local Planning Authority. The scheme shall include all works to be undertaken, proposed remediation objectives and remediation criteria, a timetable of works and site management procedures. The scheme must ensure that the site will not qualify as contaminated land under Part 2A of the Environmental Protection Act 1990 in relation to the intended use of the land after remediation. All work and submissions carried out for the purposes of this condition must be conducted in accordance with DEFRA and the Environment Agencys Model procedures for the Management of Land Contamination, CLR 11 (September 2004) and the WLGA / WAG / EA guidance document Land Contamination: A guide for Developers (July 2006), unless the Local Planning Authority agrees to any variation. Reason : To ensure that any unacceptable risks from land contamination

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to the future users of the land, neighbouring land, controlled waters, property and ecological systems are minimised, and to ensure that the development can be carried out safely without unacceptable risks to workers, neighbours and other offsite receptors in accordance with policy 2.63 of the Cardiff Unitary Development Plan. 4. The remediation scheme approved by condition 3 must be fully undertaken in accordance with its terms prior to the occupation of any part of the development unless otherwise agreed in writing by the Local Planning Authority. The Local Planning Authority must be given two weeks written notification of commencement of the remediation scheme works. Within 6 months of the completion of the measures identified in the approved remediation scheme, a verification report that demonstrates the effectiveness of the remediation carried out must be submitted to and approved in writing by the Local Planning Authority. All work and submissions carried out for the purposes of this condition must be conducted in accordance with DEFRA and the Environment Agencys Model procedures for the Management of Land Contamination, CLR 11 (September 2004) and the WLGA / WAG / EA guidance document Land Contamination: A guide for Developers (July 2006), unless the Local Planning Authority agrees to any variation. Reason : To ensure that any unacceptable risks from land contamination to the future users of the land , neighbouring land, controlled waters, property and ecological systems are minimised, and to ensure that the development can be carried out safely without unacceptable risks to workers, neighbours and other offsite receptors in accordance with policy 2.63 of the Cardiff Unitary Development Plan 5. In the event that contamination is found, at any time when carrying out the approved development, that was not previously identified it must be reported in writing within 2 days to the Local Planning Authority, all associated works must stop until a scheme to deal with the contamination found has been approved. An investigation and risk assessment must be undertaken in accordance with the requirements of condition 1 (above), and where remediation is necessary a remediation scheme and verification plan must be prepared in accordance with the requirements of condition __ (PC-CL.2above) and submitted to and approved in writing by the Local Planning Authority. Following completion of measures identified in the approved remediation scheme, a verification report must be submitted to and approved in writing by the Local Planning Authority. Reason : To ensure that any unacceptable risks from land contamination to the future users of the land , neighbouring land, controlled waters, property and ecological systems are minimised, and to ensure that the

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development can be carried out safely without unacceptable risks to workers, neighbours and other offsite receptors in accordance with policy 2.63 of the Cardiff Unitary Development Plan 6. A monitoring scheme, to include as a minimum 12 weeks post remediation monitoring, to assess the long-term effectiveness of the proposed remediation scheme and a provision of reports on the same must, be submitted to and approved by the Local Planning Authority, prior to the occupation of any approved building or commencement or any approved use. Following completion of the measures identified in that scheme and when the remediation objectives have been achieved, reports that demonstrate the effectiveness of the monitoring must be produced, and submitted to the Local Planning Authority. Reason : To ensure that any unacceptable risks from land contamination to the future users of the land , neighbouring land, controlled waters, property and ecological systems are minimised, and to ensure that the development can be carried out safely without unacceptable risks to workers, neighbours and other offsite receptors in accordance with policy 2.63 of the Cardiff Unitary Development Plan 7. Prior to the commencement of any development works a scheme to investigate and monitor the site for the presence of gases* being generated at the site or land adjoining thereto, including a plan of the area to be monitored, shall be submitted to the Local Planning Authority for its approval. Following completion of the approved monitoring scheme, the proposed details of any appropriate gas protection measures which may be required to ensure the safe and inoffensive dispersal or management of gases and to prevent lateral migration of gases into or from land surrounding the application site shall be submitted to and approved in writing to the local planning authority. All required gas protection measures shall be installed and appropriately verified before occupation of any part of the development which has been permitted and the approved protection measures shall be retained and maintained until such time as the Local Planning Authority agrees in writing that the measures are no longer required. * Gases include landfill gases, vapours from contaminated land sites, and naturally occurring methane and carbon dioxide, but does not include radon gas. Gas Monitoring programmes should be designed in line with current best practice as detailed in CIRIA 665 and or BS8485 2007 Code of Practice for the Characterization and Remediation from Ground Gas in Affected Developments. Reason: To ensure that the safety of future occupiers is not prejudiced in

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accordance with policy 2.63 of the Cardiff Unitary Development Plan 8. Any topsoil [natural or manufactured],or subsoil, to be imported shall be assessed for chemical or other potential contaminants in accordance with a scheme of investigation which shall be submitted to and approved in writing by the Local Planning Authority in advance of its importation. Only material approved by the Local Planning Authority shall be imported. All measures specified in the approved scheme shall be undertaken in accordance with Pollution Controls Imported Materials Guidance Notes. Subject to approval of the above, sampling of the material received at the development site to verify that the imported soil is free from contamination shall be undertaken in accordance with a scheme and timescale to be agreed in writing by the LPA. Reason: To ensure that the safety of future occupiers is not prejudiced in accordance with policy 2.63 of the Cardiff Unitary Development Plan. 9. Any aggregate (other than virgin quarry stone) or recycled aggregate material to be imported shall be assessed for chemical or other potential contaminants in accordance with a scheme of investigation which shall be submitted to and approved in writing by the Local Planning Authority in advance of its importation. Only material approved by the Local Planning Authority shall be imported. All measures specified in the approved scheme shall be undertaken in accordance with Pollution Controls Imported Materials Guidance Notes. Subject to approval of the above, sampling of the material received at the development site to verify that the imported soil is free from contamination shall be undertaken in accordance with a scheme and timescale to be agreed in writing by the LPA. Reason: To ensure that the safety of future occupiers is not prejudiced in accordance with policy 2.63 of the Cardiff Unitary Development Plan. 10. Any site won material including soils and aggregates shall be assessed for chemical or other potential contaminants in accordance with a sampling scheme which shall be submitted to and approved in writing by the Local Planning Authority in advance of the reuse of site won materials. Only material which meets site specific target values approved by the Local Planning Authority shall be reused. Reason: To ensure that the safety of future occupiers is not prejudiced in accordance with policy 2.63 of the Cardiff Unitary Development Plan 11. No remediation works shall take place until a method statement/environmental management plan has been submitted to and approved in writing by the local planning authority. This shall deal with the treatment of any environmentally sensitive areas, their aftercare and maintenance as well as a plan detailing the works to be carried out

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showing how the environment will be protected during the works. Such a scheme shall include details of, but not be confined to, the following: The timing of the works The measures to be used during the remediation in order to minimise environmental impact of the works (considering both potential disturbance and pollution) Construction methods Any necessary pollution protection methods Information on the persons/bodies responsible for particular activities associated with the method statement that demonstrate they are qualified for the activity they are undertaking The protection of any connections to onward surface waters which may be affected during works to remove existing drains. The remediation works shall be carried out in accordance with the approved method statement. Reason: To prevent the deterioration of the water quality of the River Ely, in accordance with policy 2.61 of the deposit Cardiff Unitary Development Plan. 12. Prior to the commencement of development, a detailed scheme for the treatment and disposal of soils affected by Japanese Knotweed shall be submitted to and approved in writing by the Local Planning Authority. The scheme shall include 1. A detailed current survey of Japanese Knotweed on site, including the rooting zone (up to 7m) around the Knotweed stand. 2. A written proposal for the treatment and disposal of soils affected by Japanese Knotweed and any removed Knotweed stems, including notification of the contractor carrying out the work. 3. Measures that will be used to prevent the spread of Japanese Knotweed during any operations such as mowing, strimming or soil movement. 4. Where land is to be transferred to Cardiff Council, as public open space or other uses, a detailed plan showing areas of treated Knotweed, or Knotweed buried and treated on site in accordance with recommendations. Such a scheme shall accord with the advice in the publication: Managing Japanese Knotweed on Development Sites: The Knotweed Code of Practice (Environment Agency 2006). Thereafter the development shall be carried out in accordance with the approved scheme. Reason : To ensure the safe destruction and prevention of spread of Japanese Knotweed, in the interests of biodiversity and the control of contamination, in accordance with policy 2.63 of the deposit Cardiff Unitary Development Plan and Cardiff Supplementary Planning Guidance Biodiversity (June 2006). 13. Prior to commencement of the site remediation a scheme of site management shall be submitted to and approved by the Local Planning Authority, to include details of vehicles (numbers/type), traffic routes, site

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hoardings, site access (including temporary), position of haul roads, details of the location of compounds for the storage of plant and materials, plant and wheel washing facilities and parking of contractors vehicles. The remediation shall be managed strictly in accordance with the scheme so approved. The submitted details shall include a trespass resistant fence which will prevent public access to the adjacent railway land. Reason: In the interests of highway safety, public safety and amenity, in accordance with policies 2.20 and 2.57 of the deposit Cardiff Unitary Development Plan. 14. Prior to commencement of development a method statement shall be submitted to and approved by the Local Planning Authority to include an assessment of the impact of any works adjacent to the retaining wall to the north of the site supporting Cowbridge Road West together with details of working adjacent to this structure. The works shall be managed strictly in accordance with the scheme so approved. Reason: To ensure that the works do not affect the stability of the retaining wall and supported carriageway and interfere with the safety and free flow of traffic passing along the highway abutting the site, in accordance with policy 2.57 of the deposit Cardiff Unitary Development Plan. 15. No removal of trees, shrubs, bushes or hedgerows shall take place between 1st February and 15th August without the prior written approval of the Local Planning Authority. Reason: To avoid disturbance to nesting birds, in accordance with paragraph 5.2.8 of Planning Policy Wales (2011). 16. No materials, waste, arisings or plant shall be stored or operated within the River Ely Site of Importance for Nature Conservation, or be allowed to fall, be washed or be blown into it. Reason: To protect the features of interest for nature conservation for which the Site of Importance for Nature Conservation has been designated, in accordance with policy C8 of the South Glamorgan (Cardiff Area) Replacement Structure Plan 1991-2011 and policy 2.47 of the deposit Cardiff Unitary Development Plan (2003). 17. No equipment, plant or materials shall be brought onto the site for the purpose of development until full details of the following have been submitted to and approved by the Local Planning Authority, in accordance with the current British Standard for trees in relation to construction. An Arboricultural Method Statement (AMS), setting out the methodology that will be used to prevent loss of or damage to retained trees. It shall include details of on-site monitoring of tree protection and tree condition that shall be carried out throughout the development and for at least two years after its completion. A Tree Protection Plan (TPP) in the form of a scale drawing showing the finalised layout and the tree and landscaping protection methods detailed

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in the AMS that can be shown graphically. Unless written consent is obtained from the Local Planning Authority, the development shall be carried out in full conformity with the approved AMS and TPP. Reason: To enable the Local Planning Authority to assess the effects of the proposals on existing trees and landscape and the measures for their protection, to monitor compliance and to make good losses, in accordance with policy 11 of the Cardiff Local Plan and policies 2.20 and 2.45 of the deposit Cardiff Unitary Development Plan. 18. Prior to the commencement of development in the areas identified as potential reptile (slow worm) habitats in Figure 7 of the Ecological Impact Assessment, reptile translocation shall take place in accordance with the methodology set out in Section 5.1 of the Ecological Impact Assessment to a site or sites that shall first be agreed with the Local Planning Authority. For the avoidance of doubt, once each of the separately identified areas has been free of reptiles (slow worms) for 5 clear consecutive days following translocation, those areas may be developed on a phased basis. The results of the post-translocation monitoring of the receptor site(s), carried out in accordance with the approved methodology, shall be submitted to the Local Planning Authority for approval within one month of completion of the monitoring, along with a strategy for long term management of the receptor site and future monitoring, and the long term monitoring and management of the receptor site(s) shall be carried out in accordance with the approved strategy. Reason: In the interests of biodiversity and the protection of a UK Protected Species, in accordance with policy 2.48 of the deposit Cardiff Unitary Development Plan and paragraph 5.5.11 of Planning Policy Wales (2011). 19. Prior to the commencement of development, a method statement shall be submitted to and approved in writing by the Local Planning Authority which shall give details of how it will be ensured that the vegetation along the river corridor continues to be used as a commuting route by bats and otter. Reason: In the interests of biodiversity and the protection of European Protected Species, in accordance with policy 2.48 of the deposit Cardiff Unitary Development Plan and paragraph 5.5.11 of Planning Policy Wales (2011). RECOMMENDATION 2 : To protect the amenities of occupiers of other premises in the vicinity attention is drawn to the provisions of Section 60 of the Control of Pollution Act 1974 in relation to the control of noise from demolition and construction activities. Further to this the applicant is advised that no noise audible outside the site boundary adjacent to the curtilage of residential property shall be created by construction activities in respect of the implementation of this consent outside the hours of 0800-1800 hours Mondays to Fridays and 0800 - 1300 hours on Saturdays or at any time on Sunday or public holidays. The applicant is also advised to seek approval for

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any proposed piling operations. RECOMMENDATION 3: The applicant is advised that the treatment and disposal of contaminated soils and groundwater is regulated by waste legislation and requires an environmental permit. This development will require an Environmental Permit under the Environmental Permitting (England and Wales) Regulations 2010, unless a waste exemption applies. The applicant is advised to contact the Environment Agencys Environment Management Team on 029 2024 5188 to discuss the issues likely to be raised. RECOMMENDATION 4: The applicant is advised to follow the risk management framework provided in the document CLR11, Model procedures for the management of land contamination and the WLGA / WAG / EA guidance document Land Contamination: A guide for Developers (2012) when dealing with land affected by contamination and also refer to the Environment Agencys Guiding principles for land contamination for the type of information required in order to assess risks to controlled waters from the site. RECOMMENDATION 5: The Environmental Protection (Duty of Care) Regulations 1991 are applicable to any off-site movements of waste. If any controlled waste is to be moved off site, the site operator must ensure that a registered waste carrier is used to convey the material to a suitably permitted facility and that all relevant documentation is completed and kept in line with the regulations. If any waste is to be used on site, the applicant will be required to obtain the appropriate exemption or permit from the Environment Agency. RECOMMENDATION 6: Excavated materials that are recovered via a treatment operation can be re-used on-site under the CL:AIRE Definition of Waste: Development Industry Code of Practice. This provides a framework for determining whether or not excavated material arising from site during remediation and/or land development works are waste. Developers should ensure that all contaminated materials are adequately characterised both chemically and physically, and that the permitting status of any proposed on site operations are clear. If in doubt, the Environment Agency should be contacted for advice at an early stage to avoid delays. For further guidance on how waste is classified and best practice for its handling, transport, treatment and disposal, please refer to the waste pages at: http://www.environmentagency.gov.uk/business/topics/waste/default.aspx RECOMMENDATION 7: Excavated material containing Japanese Knotweed must be treated as controlled waste under the Waste Management regulations which control its transport from site and subsequent disposal. Only a properly licensed organisation can remove this waste to a licensed waste facility. It is an offence under the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981 to knowingly plant or cause Japanese Knotweed to spread in the wild. Treatment of Japanese Knotweed should be carried out in accordance with the following documents:

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1) The Control of Japanese Knotweed in Construction and Landscape Contracts (Welsh Government 2011 - available from www.wales.gov.uk) 2) Managing Japanese Knotweed on Development Sites: The Knotweed Code of Practice (The Environment Agency 2006 - available from www.environment-agency.gov.uk) 3) Japanese Knotweed and Residential Property (RICS 2012 - available from www.rics.org for RICS members). RECOMMENDATION 8: In the event of pollution entering the River Ely, Cardiff Harbour Authoritys Barrage Control team should be informed immediately on 02920 700234. This number is manned 24 hours a day. RECOMMENDATION 9: The applicant is advised that Cardiff Harbour Authority has a monitoring borehole adjacent to the southern boundary fence of the former paper mills (at approximate NGR 315342 176278). A plan is attached showing the approximate location. This installation should be marked and protected during the remediation works. RECOMMENDATION 10: The applicant is advised that flood defence consent will not be required providing there are no works in, under or over the River Ely or within 7 metres of the top of the river bank (this includes the storage of any materials). There should be no stockpiling or storage of materials in the floodplain unless in broken heaps parallel to the direction of flood flow. Clarification regarding this issue can be obtained from the Environment Agency Wales (Carl Llewellyn, Flood Risk Analysis Team, 029 20245010). RECOMMENDATION 11: A public watermain crosses the application site, with the approximate position being marked on the attached record plan. Dwr Cymru Welsh Water recommend that no development, including the raising or lowering of ground levels, will be permitted within the safety zone which is measured either side of the centre line. For details of the safety zone, please contact Dwr Cymru Welsh Waters Developer Services on 0800 917 2652. RECOMMENDATION 12: No work should be carried out on the development site that may endanger the safe operation of the railway or stability of the railway structures and adjoining land. In view of the close proximity of these proposed works to the railway boundary the developer must contact Alan Bannister at Network Rail on AssetProtectionWales@networkrail.co.uk before works begin. RECOMMENDATION 13: To prevent flooding of the adjacent railway infrastructure, there must be no reduction in the effectiveness of any drain or watercourse belonging to Network Rail and no interference to any existing drainage rights that Network Rail enjoys. No increased flows of storm or surface water should be discharged onto the railway land or into any culvert that passes beneath the railway without the prior approval of Network Rail. No soakaways should be constructed within 20 metres of the boundary with the railway land or at any point which could adversely affect the stability of Network Rail infrastructure.

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RECOMMENDATION 14: Cranes and jibbed machines used in connection with the works should be so positioned that the jib or any suspended load does not swing over railway infrastructure or within 3 metres of the nearest rail if the boundary is closer than 3 metres. All cranes, machinery and constructional plant should be so positioned and used to prevent the accidental entry onto railway property of such plant, or loads attached thereto, in the event of failure. RECOMMENDATION 15: In the interests of the safe operation of the adjacent railway, any floodlighting used during the remediation operations should be located so as not to present a dazzle hazard to the drivers of trains on the adjacent railway line and should not be coloured in such a way that it would conflict with any railway signalling system. Any proposed lighting schemes should be submitted to Network Rail for prior approval. RECOMMENDATION 16: In order to protect the stability of Network Rail property no operations should take place within a lateral distance of 5 metres from the railway boundary, and outside that distance no excavation should take place that will encroach upon the plane drawn at 1 vertical to 1 horizontal downwards from the 5 metres standoff. This standoff should not be used as a haul road. No material should be tipped or stockpiled within 10 metres of the Network Rail boundary. RECOMMENDATION 17: The developer is advised that there may be unrecorded surface water culverts on the development site. If any such culverts are discovered, the developer should contact the Councils Principal Drainage Engineer immediately for further advice. RECOMMENDATION 18: Where any species listed under Schedules 2 or 4 of the Conservation of Habitats and Species Regulations 2010 is present on the site in respect of which this permission is granted, no works of site clearance, demolition or construction should take place in pursuance of this permission unless a licence to disturb any such species has been granted in accordance with the aforementioned Regulations. RECOMMENDATION 19: The contamination assessments and the affects of unstable land are considered on the basis of the best information available to the Planning Authority and are not necessarily exhaustive. The Authority takes due diligence when assessing these impacts, however you are minded that the responsibility for (i) determining the extent and effects of such constraints and; (ii) ensuring that any imported materials (including, topsoils, subsoils, aggregates and recycled or manufactured aggregates / soils) are chemically suitable for the proposed end use. Under no circumstances should controlled waste be imported. It is an offence under section 33 of the environmental Protection Act 1990 to deposit controlled waste on a site which does not benefit from an appropriate waste management license. The following must not be imported to a development site: Unprocessed / unsorted demolition wastes.

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(iii) the safe development and secure occupancy of the site rests with the developer. Proposals for areas of possible land instability should take due account of the physical and chemical constraints and may include action on land reclamation or other remedial action to enable beneficial use of unstable land. The Local Planning Authority has determined the application on the basis of the information available to it, but this does not mean that the land can be considered free from contamination. 1. 1.1 DESCRIPTION OF PROPOSED DEVELOPMENT The application relates to remediation works including the breaking up, crushing and stockpiling of concrete hardstandings and foundations, excavation and re-compaction of made ground, treatment of contamination, removal of drains and services and treatment of Japanese knotweed. Its purpose is to enable all initial, intrusive decontamination work to be undertaken on this site prior to its redevelopment for predominantly residential use. The remediation works are to be carried out as a separate activity in advance of the main infrastructure and site development works and a series of further planning applications are to be made in the near future relating to other detailed aspects of site development. No significant changes to the topography of the site are proposed. There will be a short term, minor reduction in ground level and the formation of temporary mounds of material within the site. A 7m wide strip of land alongside the banks of the River Ely will remain unaffected. Concrete hardstandings and foundations will be broken up, crushed and graded for re-use. The average thickness of the concrete is 0.3m. Underlying fill material to a depth of between 0.5m and 2m will also be excavated, processed and treated where necessary before being re-compacted. Any organic contamination may require bio-remediation, and grossly contaminated material will be removed from the site. Following remediation, it is intended to replace around 0.15m of the crushed and graded concrete as a temporary cover with the remainder, together with tarmac and topsoil, set aside in temporary stockpiles in the northern part of the site where such stockpiles already exist. These materials will subsequently be re-used in forming roads/hardstandings and subsoil etc as part of the future site development works.

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curtilage of the site and as such that there will be minimal vehicular movement to/from the site once the works have commenced. However, no details are provided with regard to the number/type of vehicles that will be arriving at the site and as such this information is requested within a management plan condition. 5.2 There are concerns relating to the existing retaining wall at the north of the site supporting Cowbridge Road West which will require an assessment of the potential impact of any construction or works adjacent, in order to ensure that any such work does not affect the stability of the retaining wall and supported carriageway. As such a method statement will be required for this element of the works. Chief Officer Highways and Waste Management (Drainage): It is noted that there is an ongoing consultation with the EA in relation to existing ground contamination and the potential flood risks within the proposed development area. From the perspective of proposed new foul and surface water drainage from the development, the comments of DCWW in relation to an existing public sewer are also noted. Several previously unrecorded surface water culverts were recently discovered on an adjacent site and there is a possibility that such services may be found on the development site that are currently unrecorded. Chief Officer Culture, Leisure and Parks (Parks Services): Some discussions regarding knotweed treatment have already been held with Parks Services. The presence of Japanese Knotweed on the site requires a detailed treatment plan. The plan for knotweed to be retained on site and treated within a dedicated treatment zone seems a sensible approach. Planning conditions would be required to ensure that the developer/applicant undertakes a detailed current survey of Japanese Knotweed on site, provides a written proposal for the treatment and disposal of soils affected by Japanese Knotweed and any removed Knotweed stems and, where land is to be transferred to Cardiff Council, as public open space or other uses, a detailed plan will be required showing areas of treated Knotweed, or Knotweed buried and treated on site in accordance with recommendations. Ideally, in order to ensure that Knotweed receives the correct treatment, there should also be a clause stating that the developer/applicant shall remain responsible for treating re-emergence of Japanese Knotweed on land transferred to the Council within 5 years of transfer of ownership. This is line with responsibility for maintaining planting over the five year period following completion of a scheme. Pollution Control (Noise & Air): Standard recommendation regarding construction site noise. Pollution Control (Contaminated Land): Due to the significant historic industrial former use of this site, significant contamination is present as has been previously identified by numerous site investigations and risk assessments undertaken at this site. The contamination issues present at this site require further consideration and therefore in order to ensure that the

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site can be developed to ensure that there are not any unacceptable risks to the site end users and the wider environment, Pollution Control recommends that conditions are placed on any approved permission relating to assessment of contamination, a remediation scheme and verification plan, implementation of the remediation scheme and issue of a verification report, unsuspected contamination, a monitoring scheme, ground gas assessment and protection measures, importation of soils and aggregates and the re-use of site won materials. 5.7 Chief Officer Highways and Waste Management (Waste): No observations or objections. Cardiff Harbour Authority: Cardiff Harbour Authority have a monitoring borehole adjacent to the southern boundary fence of the former paper mills. A clause is required to ensure this installation is marked and protected during the construction works. The Environment Agencys PPG6 (Pollution Prevention Guidelines Working at Construction and Demolition Sites) should be adhered to at all times. In the event of pollution entering the River Ely, Cardiff Harbour Authoritys Barrage Control team should be informed immediately. EXTERNAL CONSULTEES RESPONSES Welsh Water: A public water main crosses the application site. No development (including the raising or lowering of ground levels) will be permitted within the safety zone. Standard conditions for development near water mains apply. Environment Agency Wales: Groundwater and contaminated land: No objection to the proposed development, but would like conditions to be included relating to preliminary risk assessment, site investigation, a remediation strategy, a verification plan, longer-term monitoring and maintenance. Flood risk. Providing the activities are for remediation works only, as discussed within the documents that accompany this application, with particular reference to The Mill Remediation Works Flooding undertaken by Arup, dated May 2012, we have no adverse comments to provide from a flood risk perspective. However, if any land raising or development is proposed for the site then we must be re-consulted because a Flood Consequences Assessment (FCA) would be required. We would request that there should be no stock piling or storing of materials in the floodplain unless in broken heaps parallel to the direction of flood flow. Providing there are no works in, under or over the River Ely or within 7 metres of the top of the riverbank (this includes the storage of any materials) then flood defence consent will not be required.

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Wales and West Utilities: No comments received. Health and Safety Executive: No comments received. Western Power Distribution: No comments received. Network Rail: No work should be carried out on the development site that may endanger the safe operation of the railway or the stability of Network Rails structures and adjoining land. In particular, the demolition of buildings or other structures must be carried out in accordance with an agreed method statement. Care must be taken to ensure that no debris or other materials can fall onto Network Rail land. Conditions are requested relating to the distance between extractive operations and railway land, drainage, plant and machinery, fencing, site levels, lighting, turning spaces, restoration and liaison. REPRESENTATIONS The application has been advertised by site notice, press notice and neighbour notification. One letter has been received, objecting on the grounds that road access for the businesses on Sanatorium Road is already poor, particularly at the Broad Street roundabout which is the only access to the site. At busy times it is single width due to parked cars. ANALYSIS The proposal accords with national planning policy which seeks to encourage the full and effective use of land in urban areas and the re-use of sites which have previously been developed in preference to development on new sites outside of existing settlement boundaries. Effective site remediation will make it possible to redevelop of the site for residential and other uses. The site is allocated for business, industry and warehousing use in the Cardiff local Plan but is designated as an action area (Land South of Ely Bridge) in the deposit Unitary Development Plan, which states that the site will be redeveloped for a mixed-use development including employment, residential and associated uses and a public transport node/interchange. Therefore there are no policy objections to the proposed remediation works, and it should be noted also that the Council has previously resolved to grant outline planning permission for a mixed use scheme comprising up to 900 dwellings (04/02749/W). The main issues to be considered with regard to this application are the suitability of the remediation proposals having regard to the anticipated future use of the site, the impact on European protected species and the River Ely Site of Importance for Nature Conservation (SINC), the impact of the remediation works on the amenities of nearby residents, the control of pollution during the works and the management of construction traffic. With regard to the suitability of the proposed remediation works and the

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control of pollution during the works, the Environment Agency and the Councils Pollution Control officer have no objections subject to appropriate conditions, which are included at recommendation 1 above. 8.4 With regard to the impact on wildlife, otters and bats are European protected species which are known to use the site and/or the adjacent River Ely. The site has been surveyed for the presence of such species, along with other protected species (breeding birds, water vole and reptiles) and an Ecological Impact Assessment has been submitted. This concludes that otters only pass along this stretch of the river on an occasional basis and are unlikely to make significant use of the site due to human presence. The Councils ecologist has noted that the Assessment does not mention the area of vegetation to the extreme northwest of the site, which is to be removed, and that this should have been surveyed for otter couches or lying-up areas. The Assessment should report on these surveys, or if none were undertaken, provide justification as to why the area was not considered suitable for otter use. The areas of trees within the site, along with the river corridor, are assumed as a result of the surveys to be used by bats as commuting and foraging areas. The Ecological Impact Assessment concludes that the proposed remediation works will result in the loss of all habitats present within the majority of the site, with the only areas unaffected being the strip alongside the river, a 10m wide strip adjacent to the railway land on the eastern side of the site and the tree line on the southern edge. However, as the majority of the site comprises areas of hardstanding and demolition waste, the area of grassland habitat that will be lost is relatively small. The River Ely SINC will not be directly affected by the remediation works. Noise from the works could affect species that use the river corridor but this would be a minor impact. The development will not affect breeding birds as the works are programmed to commence outside the bird breeding season, and loss of invertebrate habitat will be insignificant. The greatest impact on protected species will be the loss of habitat for reptiles and foraging bats and the potential death or injury of slow worms (reptiles) if they are not translocated from the site before the works commence. The assessment recommends a strategy for translocation of slow worms to a receptor site and post-translocation monitoring. The translocation has to be carried out before daily temperatures fall below 8 degrees Celsius, when the reptiles become inactive, therefore a receptor site has already been identified (with the approval of the Councils ecologist and parks officer) and the translocation has commenced. Condition 18, recommended above, will ensure that adequate monitoring and long term management of the receptor site takes place. Following the completion of the remediation work it is intended that further planning applications will be submitted for infrastructure and residential development, which will include the creation of a green corridor along the river and the planting of trees within the site. This will provide replacement habitats for breeding birds and foraging/commuting bat species as well as invertebrates and can be secured via planning conditions attached to future permissions, which could also require a pond as replacement for the

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ephemeral pond that is currently used for breeding by frogs. 8.8 The remediation works will involve the removal of a number of trees from the site. Ideally, all suitable trees on an application site should be retained and protected during the course of development, but in this case the remediation works will involve extensive excavation and temporary changes in ground levels across the whole site, which is not conducive to the retention of trees. The majority of the trees to be lost are category C or U (low or very poor quality), none are protected by Tree Preservation Orders and the future redevelopment of the site will be expected to involve the planting of many more trees than are to be removed. A significant band of trees along the southern boundary will be retained, along with those within the undisturbed strip alongside the river, and these can be protected during the course of development. The loss of trees to enable effective site remediation is considered to be acceptable in these circumstances. Considering the impact of the remediation works on the amenities of nearby residents; there are no residential properties immediately adjacent to the site boundaries. The nearest houses are around 45m away (on Cowbridge Road East) but are separated from the site by a railway line, a road and industrial or commercial buildings. All the residential properties that are relatively close to the site are separated from it by railway lines, roads, industrial premises or by the River Ely. The Pollution Control officers (Noise and Air section) have not raised any concerns about nuisance to nearby occupiers other than to suggest that the standard recommendation regarding noise be added to the decision notice. Noise from demolition and construction activities is controlled under the Control of Pollution Act 1974 and it is therefore unnecessary to include this as a condition of planning approval. With regard to the management of construction traffic, the Transportation Officer has no objections to the proposed works provided that the number and type of vehicles travelling to and from the site is controlled via a site management condition. The majority of the excavated material will remain on the site for later re-use; therefore the number of vehicle movements associated with the works will be minimal. The only objection received is from one of the businesses on Sanatorium Road, expressing concern that road access to the site is poor. However, given that vehicle movements associated with the remediation works will be shortterm and minimal, and that the timing of construction traffic journeys to and from the site can be controlled via a condition, it is not considered that this constitutes reasonable grounds for refusal of the application. In conclusion, the proposed works are considered to be in accordance with national planning policy which encourages the full and effective use of previously-developed land in urban areas, given that the purpose of the remediation is to make the land suitable for re-development for residential and other uses. Conditions can be imposed to ensure the effective control of contaminated material, disturbance to nearby residents and businesses will be minimised by the reuse of materials on site and by traffic management,

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COMMITTEE DATE: APPLICATION No. ED: APP: TYPE: APPLICANT: LOCATION: 12/09/2012 12/1140/DCO FAIRWATER Full Planning Permission APPLICATION DATE: 17/07/2012

Mrs Judy Wildblood VISION 21 LTD (CYFLE CYMRU) UNIT 17, COMMUNITY CENTRE, BWLCH ROAD, FAIRWATER, CARDIFF, CF5 3EF PROPOSAL: INSTALL A 9.7M X 21M SINGLE STOREY MODULAR BUILDING IN CAR PARK AREA ___________________________________________________________________ RECOMMENDATION 1: That planning permission be GRANTED subject to the following conditions: 1. C01 Statutory Time Limit 2. The consent relates to the application as amended by the revised plans numbered GA001 Rev A attached to and forming part of this planning application. Reason: The plans amend and form part of the application. 3. Prior to the development hereby permitted being brought into beneficial use provision shall be made within the site for the parking of cars / minibus bays and manoeuvring areas in accordance with details to be submitted to and approved in writing by the Local Planning Authority, such approval to be obtained and details implemented prior to the commencement of development and shall thereafter be maintained and shall not be used for any purpose other than the parking and manoeuvring of vehicles. Reason: To ensure that the use of the proposed development does not interfere with the safety and free flow of traffic passing the site. 4. C3S Cycle Parking 5. The windows in the eastern elevation shall be non opening below a height of 1.8 metres above internal floor level and glazed with obscure glass and thereafter be so maintained. Reason : To ensure that the development does not prejudice the future development of adjoining land. 6. No development shall take place until a site assessment, including ground permeability testing, has been undertaken to determine the whether sustainable drainage techniques can be utilised, and a drainage scheme for the disposal of both surface water and foul sewage, including any

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connection to the existing drainage system has been submitted to and approved by the Local Planning Authority. No part of the development shall be occupied until the scheme is carried out and completed as approved. Reason: To ensure an orderly form of development 7. Details of replacement trees to be planted on site shall be submitted to and approved in writing by the Local Planning Authority before their planting on site together with a timescale for their planting. The details shall be implemented as approved, in accordance with the approved timescales for implementation. Any tree which within a period of 5 years from the completion of development dies, are removed or becomes seriously damaged or diseased shall be replaced in the next planting season with another of similar size and species unless the Local Planning Authority gives written consent to any variation. Reasons: In order to mitigate the loss of trees associated with the development. 8. The premises shall be used only for the purposes specified in the application and for no other purpose (including any other purpose in Class D1of the Schedule to the Town and Country Planning (Use Classes) Order 1987 or in any provision equivalent to that Class in any statutory instrument amending, revoking or re-enacting that Order). Reason: The use of the premises for other purposes within Class D1 would be likely to detract from the amenities of nearby occupiers and permission for the particular use applied for is only granted because of the special considerations peculiar to it. 9. The premises shall not be open to the public between the hours of 21:00 and 08:00 Mondays to Fridays, 17:00 to 09:00 Saturdays and 16:00 and 10:00 Sundays. Reason: In the interests of residential amenity. 10. There shall be no playing of musical instruments or amplified music in the building hereby approved. Reason: in the interests of residential amenity. 11. Details of the means of enclosure of the area to the rear the building hereby approved and the hedge along the boundary with the properties on Wellright Road, shall be submitted to and approved in writing by the Local Planning Authority. The approved details shall be implemented prior to beneficial occupation. Reason: In the interests of crime prevention. RECOMMENDATION 2: To protect the amenities of occupiers of other premises in the vicinity attention is drawn to the provisions of Section 60 of the Control of Pollution Act 1974 in relation to the control of noise from demolition and construction activities. Further to this the applicant is advised that no noise audible outside the site boundary adjacent to the curtilage of residential property shall be created by construction activities in respect of the implementation of this consent outside the hours of 0800-1800 hours

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Mondays to Fridays and 0800 - 1300 hours on Saturdays or at any time on Sunday or public holidays. The applicant is also advised to seek approval for any proposed piling operations. RECOMMENDATION 3: The contamination assessments and the affects of unstable land are considered on the basis of the best information available to the Planning Authority and are not necessarily exhaustive. The Authority takes due diligence when assessing these impacts, however you are minded that the responsibility for (i) determining the extent and effects of such constraints and; (ii) ensuring that any imported materials (including, topsoils, subsoils, aggregates and recycled or manufactured aggregates / soils) are chemically suitable for the proposed end use. Under no circumstances should controlled waste be imported. It is an offence under section 33 of the environmental Protection Act 1990 to deposit controlled waste on a site which does not benefit from an appropriate waste management license. The following must not be imported to a development site: Unprocessed / unsorted demolition wastes. Any materials originating from a site confirmed as being contaminated or potentially contaminated by chemical or radioactive substances. Japanese Knotweed stems, leaves and rhizome infested soils. In addition to section 33 above, it is also an offence under the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981 to spread this invasive weed; and (iii) the safe development and secure occupancy of the site rests with the developer. Proposals for areas of possible land instability should take due account of the physical and chemical constraints and may include action on land reclamation or other remedial action to enable beneficial use of unstable land. The Local Planning Authority has determined the application on the basis of the information available to it, but this does not mean that the land can be considered free from contamination. 1. 1.1 DESCRIPTION OF DEVELOPMENT The application is for the siting of a modular building measuring 21 metres in length, 10 metres in width and 3.7 metres in height, with a gabled roof. The building is to be used to provide additional accommodation for a charity organisation which provides education and training opportunities for people with learning difficulties. The charity currently occupies the community centre on site. The proposed building is of steel framed construction and is largely factory assembled. The building would be clad in brick veneer and the roof would be corrugated steel (red in colour). DESCRIPTION OF SITE

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The Operational Manager Transportation advises: No objection to the submitted plans subject to conditions requiring the provision and retention of car parking, cycle parking and manoeuvring space along with consideration of the provision of mini-bus parking areas on site. In addition the applicant is requested to provide details of public transport and non-car modes of transport to encourage more sustainable modes of transport to and from the facility. The Operational Manager Pollution Control has no objections subject to a condition restricting the hours of operation to 08:00 until 21:00 Mondays to Fridays, 09:00 to 17:00 Saturdays and 10:00 and 16:00 Sundays. A further condition is required to prevent the use of amplified music or musical instruments in the building, in the interests of the amenities of adjoining residential occupiers. The Chief Highways and Waste Officer (Drainage) has no objections and advises that a condition requiring percolation testing to ascertain whether sustainable drainage techniques can be used on site and a drainage scheme submitted for approval. The Operational Manager Waste Management has no objections. The Operational Manager Parks advises that the existing hedge is a mixture of conifers, trees and other planting, and from an aesthetic point of view is not particularly attractive. However it does form an important buffer between the proposed building and the neighbouring properties. The proposed building should be set a minimum of 1 metre from the edge of the hedge line. This will allow access behind the building to carry out maintenance of the hedge as required. To compensate for any loss of mature trees replacement trees should be planted, either around the car park if space allows or in the adjacent school grounds. EXTERNAL CONSULTEE RESPONSES The Police Architectural Liaison Officer has no objections. Dwr Cymru has provided a standard response stating no objections subject to appropriate conditions relating to foul water and surface water being drained separately from the site and surface water not being allowed to discharge into to the sewerage system. REPRESENTATIONS Councillor P Mitchell objects to the proposed development and requests that the application be reported to Committee and that Committee members undertake a site visit. Councillor Mitchell advises that his objections relate to the long standing issue of noise pollution from the existing community building and concerns that the proposed building should be repositioned further away from the boundary with properties on Wellright road and reorientated.

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shared boundary. In order to further ensure the privacy and amenities of the occupiers of the residential properties on Wellright Road Condition 5 will ensure that the windows in the eastern elevation, which serve the kitchen, toilets and an office are obscurely glazed and non openable below 1.8 metres high internally. It should be noted that none of the proposed classrooms have windows to the rear (east) of the building facing the boundary with Wellright Road. Furthermore, Condition 9 will restrict the hours of operation and Condition 10 will ensure that no amplified music or musical instruments are used within the building. Provided the above conditions are imposed it is not considered that the proposed development would prejudice the privacy or amenities of adjacent residential occupiers. 8.4 The Operational Manager Transportation has no objections. The applicant proposed the location of the building in the position shown in order not to impede access into the site and to minimise the loss of spaces within the car park. The Operational Manager Parks has no objections to the loss of trees on site. The trees are not of significant quality or maturity and the loss could be mitigated by replacement planting elsewhere on site, (see Condition 7). In response to any objections not already addressed within the report: (i) A single storey building (3.7 metres high to ridge) set 5.8 metres from a shared boundary would not unacceptably prejudice light levels currently enjoyed by neighbouring properties. The decision to approve the current application does not therefore mean that future proposals would be supported. Each application is judged on its own merits. The Council has a duty to consider crime and the fear of crime in all its decision making. The alleged anti social behaviour is noted and specifically that the Police Architectural Liaison Officer has no objections. However, the applicant has offered to provide security fencing to prevent access to the rear of the proposed building which is considered to present the most potential for crime and anti social behaviour. The use of the proposed building would be tightly restricted to the use as applied for and for no other uses with Use Class D1 of the Use Classes Order. Therefore, the applicant would not be able to lawfully use the building for parties or social events etc.

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LOCAL MEMBER OBJECTIONS COMMITTEE DATE: 12/09/2012 APPLICATION No. ED: APP: TYPE: APPLICANT: LOCATION: 12/1184/DCO RUMNEY Full Planning Permission APPLICATION DATE: 11/07/2012

Mr POSTANS POSTANS BAKERY, 102 WENTLOOG ROAD, RUMNEY, CARDIFF, CF3 3EA PROPOSAL: PROPOSED CHANGE OF USE CLASS TO A3 HOT FOOD TAKE AWAY 17:00-23:00 HOURS AT 102 WENTLOOG ROAD, RUMNEY CARDIFF CF3 3EA ___________________________________________________________________ RECOMMENDATION: following reason: That planning permission be REFUSED for the

1. The proposal would be likely to prejudice the amenities of neighbouring residents, by reason of increased activity and noise disturbance, particularly during the evening, contrary to Policy 2.24 (Residential Amenity) of the Deposit Cardiff Unitary Development Plan (October 2003) and the advice contained within the Supplementary Planning Guidance on Restaurants, Takeaways and other Food and Drink Uses (1996). 1. 1.1 DESCRIPTION OF PROPOSED DEVELOPMENT Permission is sought for the change of use to Class A3 hot food takeaway at 102 Wentloog Road, Rumney. The proposed opening hours are 17.00 23.00 hours 7 days per week. The submitted plans show provision for a takeaway counter with no restaurant seating area. No alterations to the shop front are proposed. An existing separate access to the first floor flat would be retained. DESCRIPTION OF SITE The property comprises a ground floor unit in two-storey terrace of retail units with separate residential accommodation at first floor. The site is located within a small parade of commercial premises within a residential area.

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INTERNAL CONSULTEES RESPONSES The Operational Manager, Transportation, notes that the premises is located within a small parade of shops and there is kerbside parking available within a reasonable distance of the application premises which would serve to provide short-stay parking for customers. Although he notes the representations from residents and local members which make reference to parking issues he is mindful of the existing retail use, the presence of other takeaway uses in the near vicinity, and also that consent for a takeaway use at the adjacent premises was recently granted at appeal. Consequently he does not consider that an objection to the current application on highway grounds would be sustainable. The Operational Manager, Environment (Noise and Air) objects to the application for noise and air pollution reasons. He notes that there is residential accommodation at first floor level above and at first floor level on either side of the proposed development and considers that it is likely that the amenities of the residents would be affected by noise and smell nuisance being generated by the activities at the proposed development and from patrons frequenting the proposed development. He states that his objection is in line with the supplementary guidance on restaurants, takeaways, and other food and drink uses.

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as defined by the 2001 Retail Floorspace Survey. Paragraph 9.3.8 of the Local Plan refers to such shopping facilities, stating that development proposals involving either new or improved retail facilities or the loss of existing shopping will be considered on their merits having regard to the characteristics of the premises and their location and role in meeting local shopping needs. 8.2 Also of relevance is the approved Supplementary Planning Guidance (SPG) Restaurants, Takeaways and Other Food and Drink Uses. This guidance outlines the general requirements concerning such uses, indicates where they are most likely to be acceptable and provides assistance in outlining the considerations on which such planning applications are assessed. Paragraph 3.1 of the guidance states that the most appropriate locations for Class A3 (Food and Drink) uses are within the principal shopping centre and principal business areas of the city centre, Cardiff Bay, and the designated district and local shopping centres. Proposals are likely to be unacceptable in residential areas, if they would cause nuisance and loss of amenity to residents. 102 Wentloog Road is currently vacant, having been formerly occupied by a bakery shop. The property forms part of a shopping frontage from 98 to 108 Wentloog Road. A site visit highlighted that there are 7 units in the frontage, one of which is D1 (Use Class) and 100 Wentloog Road which has A3 planning consent won on appeal. As the application premises are currently vacant, it could not be said to be contributing to the vitality and viability of the shopping frontage. The proposal raises no land use policy concerns in terms of the loss of retail but should be determined on the basis of the impact of the proposal on residential amenity. The objections of the Operational Manager, Environment (Noise and Air) are noted (see paragraph 5.2). However, in dismissing an appeal in June 2010 for a takeaway use at No. 100 with opening hours until 23:00 seven days a week (09/2089/E), the Inspector acknowledged that noise insulation could mitigate the impact of noise from within the shop [however] the main area of concern is noise and disturbance at the entrance to the takeaway and within the area immediately outside. The Inspector did not share the local planning authoritys view that smell nuisance would be harmful, and determined that these could be adequately controlled by appropriate extraction and filtration. In view of this appeal decision, it is considered that the proposals are contrary to the guidance contained in the SPG and policy 2.24 (Residential Amenity) of the deposit Unitary Development Plan (October 2003) as the proposed opening hours until 23:00 seven days per week are likely to cause noise and disturbance outside the premises late at night, to the detriment of residents above and nearby the premises. Although a hot food takeaway was recently allowed on appeal in March 2012 at 100 Wentloog Road (ref: 11/1486/DCO), the opening hours were restricted to 22.00 with the premises to remain closed on Sundays. Whilst the objections on grounds of parking, access and traffic congestion are noted, the Operational Manager, Transportation, has no objection to the

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proposals and considers that reasons for refusal on these grounds would be unsustainable at appeal (see paragraph 5.1). Concerning disabled parking provision, it is noted that the disabled space opposite the site is located in the public highway outside a private dwelling with a disabled occupier. 8.7 In respect of outstanding objections raised by Local Members and residents which have not already been addressed in this analysis: (i) Satisfactory refuse storage facilities could be secured by condition and therefore this should not form a reason for refusal. Litter in the public highway is a matter for the Councils street cleansing teams. (ii) The proliferation of existing takeaway facilities in the local area is noted. However, this application must be determined on its own planning merits and provision of takeaway establishments is subject to market forces. Members should also note that the parade of shops would retain a dominance of A1 uses. (iii) Depreciation in property values and the health qualities of fast food are not material planning considerations. 8.8 In conclusion, it is considered that the proposals would result in unacceptable harm to the amenities of neighbouring residents, as well as causing general noise and disturbance at unsociable hours. It is therefore considered that the proposals are contrary to policy 2.24 of the deposit Unitary Development Plan (October 2003) and guidance within the Restaurants, Takeaways and Other Food and Drink Uses SPG. It is recommended that planning permission be refused.

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COMMITTEE DATE: 12/09/2012 APPLICATION No. ED: APP: TYPE: APPLICANT: LOCATION: 12/1303/DCO RADYR Variation of conditions APPLICATION DATE: 01/08/2012

Cardiff Council RADYR COMPREHENSIVE SCHOOL, HEOL ISAF, RADYR, CARDIFF, CF15 8XG PROPOSAL: VARIATION OF CONDITIONS 2, 4 AND 10 OF PLANNING PERMISSION 10/02289/DCO TO ALLOW CONTINUATION OF USE ___________________________________________________________________ RECOMMENDATION: That planning permission for the construction of a new synthetic turf pitch together with associated fencing and floodlights be GRANTED subject to the following conditions 1. The synthetic pitch hereby approved shall only be available for use between the hours of 09.00 and 21.00 Monday to Saturday and 10.00 and 18.00 on Sunday and shall be restricted to use by members of the school only between the hours of 09.00 and 16.00 Monday to Friday during school term times. The hours of use hereby approved shall be discontinued within 6 months of the date of this permission and shall revert to use by members of the school only between the hours of 09.00 and 18.00 Monday to Friday with no use on Saturday or Sunday. Reason: To ensure that the amenities of occupiers of other premises in the vicinity are protected and to enable the local planning authority to assess the affects of the development at the end of the period with regard to any fresh application that may be submitted. 2. The floodlighting hereby approved shall only be operated between the hours of 09.00 and 21.00 Monday to Saturday and 10.00 and18.00 on Sunday. The hours of operation hereby approved shall be discontinued within 6 months of the date of this permission and shall revert to use between the hours of 09.00 and 18.00 Monday to Friday with no use on Saturday or Sunday. Reason: To ensure that the amenities of occupiers of other premises in the vicinity are protected and to enable the local planning authority to assess the affects of the development at the end of the period with regard to any fresh application that may be submitted. 3. The low level lighting to the access footpath hereby approved shall only be operated between the hours of 08.30 and 21.30 Monday to Saturday and 9.30 and 18.30 on Sunday. The hours of operation hereby approved shall be discontinued within 6 months of the date of this permission and shall revert to use between the hours of 08.30 and 18.30 Monday to Friday with no use on Saturday or Sunday.

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Reason: To ensure that the amenities of occupiers of other premises in the vicinity are protected and to enable the local planning authority to assess the effects of the development at the end of the period with regard to any fresh application that may be submitted. 4. No rebound boards shall be installed at the development. Reason: To prevent unacceptable noise disturbance to neighbouring residents. 1. 1.1 DESCRIPTION OF PROPOSED DEVELOPMENT Permission is sought for the variation of conditions 2, 4, and 10 of planning permission no. 10/02289/DCO to allow permanent use of the synthetic turf pitch together with associated fencing and floodlights at Radyr Comprehensive School, Heol Isaf, Radyr at the hours approved. Conditions 2, 4 and 10 read as follows: 2. The synthetic pitch hereby approved shall only be available for use between the hours of 09.00 and 21.00 Monday to Saturday and 10.00 and 18.00 on Sunday and shall be restricted to use by members of the school only between the hours of 09.00 and 16.00 Monday to Friday during school term times. The hours of use hereby approved shall be discontinued within 12 months from beneficial occupation of the pitch hereby approved and shall revert to use by members of the school only between the hours of 09.00 and 18.00 Monday to Friday with no use on Saturday or Sunday. Reason: To ensure that the amenities of occupiers of other premises in the vicinity are protected and to enable the local planning authority to assess the affects of the development at the end of the period with regard to any fresh application that may be submitted. The floodlighting hereby approved shall only be operated between the hours of 09.00 and 21.00 Monday to Friday and 10.00 and 1800 on Sunday. The hours of operation hereby approved shall be discontinued on or before within 12 months from beneficial use of the pitch hereby approved and shall revert to the hours of 09.00 and 18.00 Monday to Friday with no use on Saturday or Sunday. Reason: To ensure that the amenities of occupiers of other premises in the vicinity are protected and to enable the local planning authority to assess the affects of the development at the end of the period with regard to any fresh application that may be submitted.

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assess the effects of the development at the end of the period with regard to any fresh application that may be submitted. 1.2 The conditions allow the school to make the pitch available for community use outside of school hours. DESCRIPTION OF SITE The pitch is located towards the southwest corner of the existing playing fields of Radyr Comprehensive School. Residential properties are located to the west of the school grounds and an area of amenity open space separates the site from the Danescourt housing estate further away to the south east. Tree and hedgerow cover mark the boundary to the south-east. Electricity pylons supporting cabling is sited along the south-east boundary of the school. SITE HISTORY 10/02289/DCO: Permission granted in February 2011 for construction of a new synthetic turf pitch together with associated fencing and floodlights for a temporary period of 12 months from beneficial occupation. POLICY FRAMEWORK The site is identified as existing education land on the Local Plan Proposals Map (January 1996). The following Local Plan Policies are of relevance to the determination of this application: 11 Design and Aesthetic Quality 17 Parking and Servicing Facilities 4.3 The following Policies from the deposit Unitary Development Plan (October 2003) are also of relevance: 2.20 2.24 2.57 2.64 4.4 Good Design Residential Amenity Access, Circulation and Parking Requirements Air, Noise and Light Pollution.

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is not representative of a typical week as it was out of school term time. He therefore requests that the application continues under the same conditions for an additional six months to allow representative monitoring to be undertaken and appropriate comments submitted to the local planning authority. 5.2 The Operational Manager, Transportation has no objection to the extension of hours of use provided that the use restrictions to members of the school only between the hours of 09:00 and 16:00 Monday to Friday would be retained. EXTERNAL CONSULTEES RESPONSES No relevant consultations. REPRESENTATIONS Local Members have been consulted and any comments will be reported to Committee. Neighbouring occupiers have been consulted and 2 letters of objection have been received from the occupiers of 133 and 157 Heol Isaf. Their objections can be summarised as follows: (i) The low level lighting along the footpath is being replaced by tall level lighting which is not authorised; (ii) The permission requires the operating hours to be reviewed after a period of 12 months and not before; (iii) No noise analysis has been carried out to assess the impact; (iv) The nearest dwelling is just 11 metres from the facility causing extreme noise disturbance resulting in certain rooms being unoccupied and the private garden unusable; (v) Inability to relax at home and their feelings have been ignored; (vi) School has ignored messages regarding the noise impact; (vii) measures to reduce noise impact are ineffective; (viii)A similar scheme in Derby required a noise assessment for dwellings 60 metres away. Their dwelling is only 11 metres away; (ix) Requests an extension until the end of September to make representations as a noise assessment must be carried out. 7.3 The Radyr and Morganstown Community Council has been consulted and any comments received will be reported to Committee. The Danescourt Community Association has been consulted and any comments received will be reported to Committee. ANALYSIS The key issue for consideration of this application to allow permanent use of the pitch at the current hours is the impact upon the amenities of neighbouring occupiers.

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Members are advised that the previous report to Committee in February 2011 recommended operating hours until 20:00 hours Monday to Saturday with no use on Sunday. However, following debate at Committee, a temporary use until 21:00 Monday to Saturday and 10:00 to 18:00 on Sundays for a period of 12 months was approved. It is noted that the Operational Manager, Environment (Noise & Air) has received noise complaints relating to the facility and has carried out initial noise assessments. However, they recommend that a full noise assessment should also be carried out during school term time when the full impact of the facility on neighbouring occupiers will be understood. In view of these comments and the representations of local residents, it is considered that allowing continued use of facility at the approved hours would be premature at this stage. It is noted that the Operational Manager, Transportation, has no objections, subject to the pitch being restricted to community use outside of school hours. In respect of the objections to the proposals raised by local residents in paragraph 7.2 which have not already been addressed in this analysis: (i) The alleged installation of new lighting columns to the footpath accessing the pitch will be investigated and reported to Committee as a late representation. (ii) There is nothing to prevent the school applying within 12 months to extend the use beyond 12 months. (iii) Other schemes at locations in England are not relevant to the determination of this application; this application must be determined on its own merits

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