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The Fate Of The Green Fields In Lisvane Returns To The Planning Stages

The Lisvane green fields North of Llanishen Reservoir are once again to be discussed as part of the new Local Development Plan (LDP) for Cardiff. In March of this year the draft proposal of the previous LDP was withdrawn after the Welsh Assembly decided it was flawed. Cardiff Council were told to return to the drawing board.

Land Council Proposed Building On In Previous Local Development Plan

One of the concerns from the Welsh Assembly Government was that the Council’s plans were too focused on brown field sites for development, and that green field sites would need to be developed on, too. Green field sites like those in Lisvane have become prime targets for development.

The Council have returned to the beginning with their new LDP by asking for public opinion on the future of the city. A series of open meetings were held over the past week in four locations around Cardiff; Pontprennau Community Hall, County Hall in Atlantic Wharf, Whitchurch Community Centre, and Western Leisure Centre in Ely. The meetings were intended to be an opportunity for the public to voice their opinion on the issues that arise as part of the city’s potential growth and development.

Various questions about development, security, environmental issues, and employment were put up around the room, and people were encouraged to leave their responses, ideas, and suggestions on post-it notes around the questions. A series of presentation slides stated that the purpose of this LDP was “To set out a plan for what type of city Cardiff will be in 2026.” Various members of the planning department of Cardiff Council were present for people to talk to, ask questions of, and raise concerns.

For Lisvane, the question remains open on whether there will be development on the green field land, as well as the ever-contentious area occupied by the Llanishen and Lisvane Reservoirs. However, both the Assembly and the Council have admitted that the new plan will have to incorporate green field development. And the location and characteristics of the land leave it open to having future development  proposals linked to it.

These characteristics that could lead to proposals were displayed on various maps at the meetings depicting the qualities of many areas of Cardiff. According to these maps, the green fields in Lisvane are not classed as a ‘special area of conservation’ or of being a ‘special area of protection’, they contain ‘no natural resources’, they have minimal risk of flooding, and they do not have any large areas of tree preservation orders.

The council employees present could not confirm that this land would definitely have development proposals linked to it, however, as the purpose of this week’s meetings were to go back to the very beginning and find out public opinion. A report detailing the ‘strategic options’ for local development is intended to be available in March 2011.

Posted by Andrew Collins


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Cefn Onn Woodland Management Goes Ahead Despite Chilly And Snowy Conditions

Video Report of Friends of Parc Cefn Onn‘s Woodland Management. Sunday 28th November 2010.

After the heavy snow over the weekend, the ground across Cefn Onn was a blanket of snow and ice. The scheduled woodland management went ahead as planned, however. Around 15 volunteers were present to help with the coppicing of an area of hazel to encourage new growth in the park. The woodland management coincided with National Tree Week.

The working party was organised by the Friends of Parc Cefn Onn and led by Alec Stuart, a Community Ranger who works for Cardiff Council. After some safety information about the equipment everyone mucked in and within a couple of hours the area had been entirely cleared.

The next scheduled working party will be bulb planting and will take place on the Sunday the 19th of December.

For more information on the Friends visit their website.

Posted by Andrew Collins

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Lisvane Art Workshop’s Annual Exhibition

An interview with Ian Philpot, Chairman of the Lisvane Art Workshop. Photographs taken at today’s event by Lisvane News.

The Lisvane Art Workshop hosted the annual exhibition of their members’ artwork at the Memorial Hall this weekend. The Workshop has around 25 members, almost all of whom put forward several pieces to be featured in the exhibition. The hall was filled with pieces covering the surrounding walls and various stands throughout the hall. Read the rest of this entry »

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