Cardiff Civic Society response to Statutory Pre-application Consultation on Cardiff University’s Student Accommodation proposals, Talybont, Cardiff
We are concerned about the height and appearance of the buildings bearing in mind that their proposed location is close to Grade 2 listed parkland and the Taff Corridor – which has great significance for wildlife.
*The area is home to great numbers of bats including Soprano Pipistrelle, Daubenton’s bat and Brown Long-Eared bats. Bats are protected by law, and are also highly sensitive to lighting, therefore all exterior lighting in the development should be bat-friendly. Measures also need to be taken to prevent interior lighting causing disruption from uncurtained windows.
*Given the location, the buildings should include swift bricks to help provide homes for this endangered species – which frequents the parkland/Taff corridor area. Artificial nests for swallows/house martins and bat boxes would help these species too.
*Other biodiversity measures that would help create a wildlife corridor would be the creation of a thick, thorny hedge to provide nesting areas for species such as blackbird and robin, plus the creation of a pond, which would be helpful for a great number of species.
*Areas of long grass would be useful for pollinators, which are also threatened.
*Green walls and roofs would help mitigate the appearance of the structures, as well as helping to improve air quality in the area.
*We welcome the no-car policy, but more bike parking needs to be provided – at present only one space per two students is provided.
Chair, Cardiff Civic Society