Wednesday, May 11, 2011


Draft for Approval to be discussed at full council meeting 14 april
Description: Council
Location: Council Chamber, City Hall
Date: 14/04/2011
Start: 04:30 PM

Is this Sustainable???

Given recent flash flooding in Cardiff...

Run off - only mention here ...
3.5 CFSH and BREEAM standards not only encompass the sustainability of the
building fabric itself but also other aspects relevant to the site. Credits that are available to meet CFSH standards include matters such as the management
of surface water run-off, lifetime homes, ecology, and waste storage.
Development will also be subject to local and national policies on avoiding
unnecessary flood risk (see TAN 15).

Did you know run-off from paved surfaces is about 16 greater than that of a grassed meadow/garden?
Suggest you learn from best flash flooding a problem in Cardiff

In York ....
New driveways or parking areas over five square metres will require planning permission if they are constructed using surfaces that do not allow the water to soak through the ground.

However permeable surfacing will still receive automatic permission. Surface water can be drained using permeable surfaces such as concrete block paving with gaps, porous asphalt or gravel, wheel track only paving or through installation of 'soak-away' systems.

If you would like an opinion from us as to whether permission is needed for your proposal,  please complete a Householder Enquiry Form. 

The retention of open soils and permeable surfaces
limits surface run-off and supports biodiversity
on site and should be utilised throughout the


Residential Design Guide Cardiff

File Format: PDF/Adobe Acrobat - Quick View
This Supplementary Planning Guidance was approved by Cardiff Council on 13th March 2008. The guidance outlines design polices ...... removable paving or in shared service trenches. .... limits surface run-off and supports biodiversity ...

Friday, January 15, 2010

Garden protection

Garden protection
Labour backbencher Andrew Dismore MP’s Bill to protect gardens and urban green spaces has had its first reading in the Commons. The Land Use (Gardens Protection etc) Bill is due its second reading in February.
Access the Bill
Access the Bill’s research paper [PDF]

Thursday, August 13, 2009

Thursday, January 29, 2009

Save our parks from Cllr Howells

During late Summer/early Autumn of 2007, 8,500 people signed a petition opposing the development of a school on Rumney Recreation Ground. This was the largest petition the Council had ever received. But still Cardiff Council ignored it. Parks are not safe with Cllr Howells. He continues to persit with a plan to put a 4 metre wide road with 2 metre 1in5 slopes through Bute Park, for articulated lorries!

The Council's Proposal

During the summer of 2007 the Council announced its proposal to build a new Secondary High school on Rumney Recreation Ground. The school would also incorporate the current Eastern Leisure Centre. The closure of the two current schools would ensue - namely, Llanrumney High School and Rumney High School and the land would be sold off for developement. Both these schools are surrounded by large green, open spaces. The Rumney High School site, in particular, holds commanding views across the Bristol Channel, which is considered to be prime land for housing development. The council claim that the capital receipts from the sale of the two school sites would raise capital to develop the new build school and refurbish the leisure centre.

However, local people quickly realised that if this particular proposal in its present form were to continue unopposed and Cardiff City Council were to proceed with this plan, then this would amount to the Council conducting nothing more than a land grab - not only selling off two prime school sites but also proposing to build a new school on our beloved RUMNEY/LLANRUMNEY RECREATION GROUND. It is not the building of a new school, or the amalgamation of the two schools which residents are opposed to, but WHERE the Council want to build the new school that has become the “bone of contention”. The local communities were outraged that the Council appear to be land grabbing and are, in essence, also asset stripping our community for fiscal gain. Rumney Recreation Ground has been an inherent part of our community for generations and, as far as the local communities are concerned, it is not negotiable. More information here

And BUTE PARK here

Tuesday, December 2, 2008

Congrats to Pantmawr Action Group

Cllr Jayne Cowan, and Adrian Robson and Brian on the terrific news on Pantmawr appeal

“We would like to congratulate the Pantmawr Action Group and all the local residents who support the Inn through the whole planning process. It was a very thorough appeal hearing which considered many issues and we are delighted with the Inspector’s decision to dismiss the appeal against the Council’s original rejection.

The Pantmawr Inn is the only real community facility in Pantmawr. If it had gone then a great void would have been left on the estate and we were pleased to see that the Planning Inspector concluded that the permanent loss of the pub would be against national policy.

“We have seen a really strong campaign to protect the pub and if there is a new application then we are sure that the Action Group will fight to ensure the Pantmawr Inn remains”.

You can contact Jayne:,

The Inspectors report is attached! Pantmawr Action Group

Monday, December 1, 2008

Wow! Pantmawr Inn Saved!

Appeal Ref: APP/Z6815/A/08/2075016
Site address: Land at The Pantmawr Inn, Tyla Teg, Rhiwbina, Cardiff, CF14 7TL
The inspector calls....and the Overall Conclusion
37. Although I have concluded on the first main issue that the scheme would not
harm the character or appearance of the area, I consider that, on balance, this is
insufficient to overcome the harm that I have identified in relation to the other
main issues.
Hywel Wyn Jones INSPECTOR


for the Pantmawr Inn EARTH RIGHTS Solicitors
Restores your faith in the system and now lets hope we can save Bute Park!

Sunday, November 30, 2008

Julie Morgan supports Garden Grabbing

Julie Morgan MP Votes to keep Garden Grabbing - Planning Bill — 24 Nov 08 at 18:45

Question put, That this House disagrees with the Lords in the said amendment:-

The House divided: Ayes 278, Noes 217. Look here to see how your MP voted

Voted with the government and supports garden grabbing

Julie Morgan Cardiff North - don't think the residents of Rhiwbina would agree! Julie Morgan had nothing to say on garden grabbing although there has been so many incidents of this in Rhiwbina and Whitchurch!

Alun Michael Cardiff South & Penarth

Voted against the government and against Garden Grabbing
Jennifer Willott Cardiff Central

See the full debate here

Back story Peers back Planning Bill amendment to protect gardens

Welsh Assembly Government | Written - Planning Bill UpdateThis statement is to inform the National Assembly for Wales on progress of the Planning Bill, which has now passed to the House of Lords for consideration. ..
RTPI Cymru - Royal Town Planning Institute

bid to ban "garden grabbing" blocked

Plans to protect gardens in suburbs and town centres from developers have been blocked by ministers, the Daily Telegraph can disclose.

The bid to ban "garden grabbing" by requiring local councils to protect urban green spaces when making planning decisions was made by Conservative peers, who included it in an amendment to the Planning Act, currently going through Parliament.

However, earlier this week, in a late night vote in the House of Commons, MPs overturned the amendment, promising instead to conduct a "review" of the issue.

The Conservatives accused the Government of performing a "classic Labour fudge".

Eric Pickles, the shadow local government secretary, said: "Labour's rules have given a green light for garden grabbing and rich pickings for developers.

"Across the country, there is growing concern about how Labour's planning rules are leading to leafy gardens being dug up and replaced with soulless and ugly blocks of flats.

"Local people are powerless to protect the character of their neighbourhood, and communities are suffering from the extra burden being placed on local infrastructure.

"Our proposals would increase protection for gardens and small urban green spaces, and leave local communities to decide what's best for their neighbourhood."

Announcing the review, Baroness Andrews, Local Government Minister, said the Government was not yet convinced that the over-development of gardens was a "genuine" problem.

She said: ``We are proposing to begin a review early in the new year of evidence on the extent of development on back gardens to ascertain whether there is a clear or genuine problem.

"If there is a problem, we will take action to remedy the situation by, for example, making revisions to policy, changing the definition of previously developed land or offering targeted support and guidance to local authorities.''

The terms of the review have yet to be set, but the minister promised to keep the House informed.

The Conservatives say the garden grabbing ban is necessary because planning rules currently require councils to demand that builders create high density homes - such as blocks of flats - when they develop properties in towns and suburbs.

Under the terms of the amendment, local authorities would have been forced to consider the "desirability" of retaining gardens, which would be officially designated as protected urban "green spaces," before granting planning permission.