Cardiff: Council to demolish house for new strip of social housing cycle

The developers have long had plans to build 45 new social housing units in Pontprennau close to a suburban cul-de-sac (Image: News Service for Wales)

A council has approved plans to demolish a ‘perfectly good’ home so it can be replaced with a bike lane that leads to a new affordable housing development.

The contractors had long had plans to build 45 new social housing homes, including 22 flats and 23 homes, close to a suburban cul-de-sac in Pontprennau, near Cardiff.

Residents had a few issues with the proposals and lost their biggest fight on Tuesday when Cardiff council gave the green light to demolish a house.

More than £300,000 worth of homes will be demolished to make room for a bike and pedestrian lane, despite around 300 people signing the ‘Save Number 43’ petition.

Joanna Fashan, who presented the petition to Cardiff’s planning council, said: “Residents have deliberately bought property on this street because it is a closed cul-de-sac, knowing that we can raise our families safely, have quiet retirements, live alone, and all the other means of living on such a street. positive aspects.

‘This alleyway creates a mouse run. Therefore, we are at risk of higher crime rates from, for example, opportunistic car thefts. This puts the safety and security of the entire community at risk.’

Other neighbors complained about the whole development, saying it would create a social housing ‘ghetto’ in their backyard.

Aerial view of the area where the social housing will be built.  Cardiff council has approved developers United Welsh's plans to demolish a home for a new strip of social housing cycle in Pontprennau.

Some neighbors are concerned about the housing being placed ‘in between the fields’ (Image: News Service for Wales)

Vaughan stands next to a protest sign.  Cardiff council has approved developers United Welsh's plans to demolish a home for a new strip of social housing cycle in Pontprennau.

Vaughan and his wife are considering moving due to plans (Image: Wales News Service)

Known as ‘number 45’, the house is worth more than £300,000 (Image: Wales News Service)

But Cardiff councilor Ali Ahmed said: ‘We are not creating any ghettos.

‘Most people living in social housing, some of them lawyers, lawyers, engineers, you name it.

‘Yes, we are demolishing one house, but we are trying to provide 45 much needed homes for Cardiff residents.’

Retired couple Vaughan and Alison Williams, who have lived in their nearby home for more than 20 years, said the ordeal had made them consider moving.

They said, ‘We don’t have a problem with social housing and when we bought our property it was in a quiet cul-de-sac.’

Rob Lee and retired couple Vaughan and Alison Williams stand in front of a house with a protest sign.  Cardiff council has approved developers United Welsh's plans to demolish a home for a new strip of social housing cycle in Pontprennau.

Rob Lee and retired couple Vaughan and Alison Williams fight to save the house (Image: Wales News Service)

Demolition will not make us feel safe and will change the dynamic of the street. You don’t expect a perfect house to be demolished.

‘The bike path leads nowhere, there are no shops at the bottom of the road. If the decision is not reversed, we will act eventually because our dynamics will change completely.’

Similarly, Rob Lee, head of the action group, said: ‘Even if they build luxury five-bedroom houses, we will oppose the plan if it involves demolishing one of our homes and destroying our way of life’.

He argued that the plans should actually ‘allow people into affordable housing’ because the location of the houses is ‘between areas with no activity or connectivity’.

Developers United Welsh said: ‘This development will provide affordable rent and high-quality homes that are much needed for first-time buyers.

‘It is important that the proposed new homes are well integrated into the community and that pedestrians and cyclists have adequate access to local facilities and amenities.

‘Local residents are consulted as part of the planning process.’

Six of the plans were in favor, two against, and two councilors abstained.

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