Category Archives: Planning applications

Highfields development in Allensbank Road

The planning application for the development of 42 dwellings, and which will be built using Pasivhaus technology, was given the go-ahead by Council’s planning committee on 7th  February 2018

This development of affordable housing will contain 10 council owned units, the first to be built in Heath for over 60 years.  It is understood that these 10 units will be used to re-house older council tenants who are wishing to down-size from larger properties, and which frees up much needed family accommodation.

Fenella said ‘The plans have been drawn up in full consultation with Heath councillors over a period of some 3 years.  A lot of consultation with residents & the public at large has taken place, and adjustments have been made along the way to accommodate certain aspects of the development’.

New Inn developments

Residents had the opportunity this week to express their opposition to the decision by Punch Taverns to re-open the New Inn at Birchgrove .

Fenella said ‘ I have been working with residents for many years on the issues that have arisen from the New Inn.  I arranged a meeting with Punch Taverns to enable them to hear for themselves how much residents are opposed to the new plans’.

Arising from the meeting Punch Taverns will be reviewing the evidence and comments that residents made at the meeting.  The key issues of noise, anti-social behaviour, and lack of parking facilities nearby were just some of many that were raised.

Fenella added ‘I am chasing Punch Taverns for the notes of the meeting and will be sharing these with local residents.  It is expected that Punch Taverns will return with revised plans in 4 weeks time, at which point I shall be notifying residents again. ‘

In the meantime, Fenella is seeking reassurances from Punch Taverns that contactors & deliveries to the New Inn site will not be using nearby Norton Ave & Hampton Road for parking.  Both roads are for residents only.

Proposed new Housing on Former Highfields site


Residents recently had a chance to view the plans for the proposed housing development on the former Highfields site in Allensbank Road .

Following this consultation a number of residents’ suggestions have been taken forward and plans are being amended accordingly. It is expected that the scheme will go before Planning Committee in September 2016 although it’s not likely that any building work will commence until Autumn 2017.

The site  is expected to accommodate: 12 x 2 bedroomed mews houses & a 2.5 storey block of flats that will be a mixture of 1 & 2 bedrooms including penthouse apartments on the top floor.  Of the 40 properties, 8 flats will be retained by the Council as ‘affordable homes’.  The remainder will be placed on the open market.

This development will use the Passivhaus approach to building and will be very eco-friendly, and with low energy costs.

Fenella said ‘ I shall be continue to make sure that residents have their say on the development as there are several aspects of it which may give rise to concern’.



149 Heathwood Road planning application changes

Heath residents will wish to know that there has been an amendment to the planning application  for 149 Heathwood Road.

Planning application no: 15/00867/MJR has been amended to propose 9 self-contained flats on the site of 149 Heathwood Road, a reduction from the 14 dwellings that were originally proposed.

The revised application can be seen at http//:planning.cardiff,

Fenella said ‘Residents are welcome to contact me for details of the proposals.  I am also checking with Planning Dept to see if a new petition is required.’