We are delighted to have secured consent, subject to legal agreement, at Cardiff Council Planning Committee on 14th October for a residential-led mixed-use development on behalf of Jehu Group and Wales & West Housing Association.
The development, at Colchester Avenue, Penylan, Cardiff, will provide 50 new homes and a ground floor convenience store, with associated landscaping, amenity space, sustainable drainage, and other works. The redevelopment of a redundant brownfield site in a sustainable location meets a number of local and national planning objectives.
The project has proved challenging, with the team having had to undertake multiple Pre-Application Consultation exercises due to lockdown arrangements beginning whilst PAC was underway. This meant extending the initial PAC and then having to restart entirely once Welsh Government announced emergency legislation governing the way PAC should be carried out under lockdown protocol.
Prior to the commencement of the latter PAC exercise, the applicants’ made the decision, with support of officers, to increase the amount of usable amenity space to the rear of the development. This amendment was made as a direct response to the importance of outdoor space in the current health pandemic, and by reducing car parking provision in accordance with the Authority’s standards and due to the site’s sustainable location.
An iterative pre-application process and a positive relationship between the applicant’s team and the Local Authority resulted in the ironing out of initial concerns prior to submission, resulting in a clean bill of health from the Local Planning Authority. The report to Committee was written with no consultee objections outstanding, and the applicant team was confident that all key considerations had been addressed. We were therefore thrilled that the correct outcome resulted.
At a time where there is a desperate need to invigorate the economy, this result means the ability to start works on site before the end of 2020, providing much-needed local jobs, with new homes being able to be provided to those in need that much sooner.
The contemporary and attractive architecture is by Pentan Architects, with engineering input by PHG Consulting Engineers. Apex Transport Planning provided highway input, Wildwood Ecology managed biodiversity, with Arboricultural Technician Services providing tree survey work and EDP designed the landscaping scheme. Terra Firma carried out site investigation works, and Blake Morgan are acting as employers’ agent.
We are also very grateful to the Local Planning Authority and its consultees for their support and hard work in achieving this outcome.