Location: Council Chamber, City Hall
Start: 04:30 PM
Garden grabbing is the newest biggest threat to Welsh domestic gardens. A developer buys a site and applies to knock the house down to put several new homes on the plot. Local authorities can do virtually nothing to stop these applications because the garden/land qualifies as "brownfield" - previously developed - and is favoured in planning guidance. Cardiff Heritage Action Group aims to stop this. Save Bute Park http://no2lorriesinbutepark.blogspot.com/
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
During the summer of 2007 the Council announced its proposal to build a new
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
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!Voted against the government and against Garden Grabbing
By Rosa Prince, Political Correspondent Last Updated: 7:42PM GMT 28 Nov 2008
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.