It is essential to point out that the proposed development in Plasdwr is not a ’Garden City’. The developer has hijacked the term to give credibility to what, in reality, is an unsustainable extension to north west Cardiff.
A Garden City is a free-standing community, Plasdwr, by contract imposes on existing communities – the negative impact of which has generated fierce and widespread opposition. To describe Plasdwr as a garden city is spurious in the extreme.
Furthermore, a scheme in this location should account for its impacts in terms of highway infrastructure, and look to consider how public transport provision will allow for sustainable modes of accessibility at least to the city centre, but also beyond. A development of this size has implications way beyond the Cardiff city boundaries. This essential infrastructure element appears to be sorely lacking.
Good planning would resolve the transport and infrastructure issues first, before planning permission is granted.
The Welsh Government should call in the application if these vital issues are not dealt with.
The Plasdwr proposals edify only those who stand to gain financially from it. The residents of Cardiff deserve better.
Chair, Cardiff Civic Society