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Plans For Llanishen and Lisvane Reservoir Unveiled

Welsh Water have unveiled their plans for the future of Llanishen and Lisvane Reservoirs and are inviting feedback on them.

Welsh Water currently have 4 visitor attractions across Wales and Llanishen & Lisvane reservoirs are set to become the latest in an ambitious plan to restore the reservoirs to their former glory and adding a visitors centre.

The plans include a cafe with panoramic views across the reservoirs, bird hides, watersports and more. You can find more out about the plans by visiting the page about the plans on Welsh Water’s website.

The campaign to save the reservoirs started all the way back in 2001 and lasted over 12 years. And the collective efforts of many local people have directly contributed to the long-term future of reservoirs being secured.


If you would like to comment on the plans please use the form here and make sure you respond no later than 17 August:


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Labour-Run Council Force Closure of Castle Street Using Emergency Powers

Castle Street has been closed after the Labour-run Council used emergency powers given to the Council because of Covid-19.

This closure was done without any consultation and without any scrutiny because of the emergency powers given to the Council in the wake of Covid-19. What this means in practice is that the Council can do things with next to no pre-planning or consultation. And more concerning is that the closure is set to last for 18 months – which, knowing Labour, will mean it will permanently remain closed.

The closure of Castle street came as a complete surprise to residents and businesses across the city. With businesses only told 48hrs before the closure. And cabinet members neglected to inform the Covid-19 scrutiny committee (the emergency committee set up in response to Covid-19) of the plans when they had the chance.

The Labour-run Council are seizing the opportunity to force through things they ideologically believe in (like treating hard-working people who drive to work terribly).

The emergency powers given to the Council to cope with Covid-19 are being used in the wrong way. They are supposed to be so the Council can respond to the health crisis – not force through things that should be dealt with during normal times.

Dealing with Covid-19 has meant the entire country has had to adapt to a new (temporary) normal. And the emergency powers are to allow Councils to respond to the evolving crisis. These emergency powers were never intended for Councils to push the boundaries of what should and shouldn’t be done during the biggest health crisis in 100 years.

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Planning Committee Grant Consent for Drive-Thru McDonald’s

Yesterday myself, John and Tom attended the planning committee to speak against the proposals for the Drive-Thru McDonald’s opposite Llanishen Leisure Centre, and down the road from Coed Glas Primary.

Although the proposals breach significant elements of the Local Development Plan, and will lead to increased traffic, the committee voted to grant consent.

Llanishen will now shortly be home to a Drive-Thru McDonald’s wedged between a leisure centre, retirement accommodation and a primary school.

It’s a shame that the importance of healthy eating has no bearing on planning applications. The national policy framework simply isn’t developed in this area (yet), and it means that local authorities are seemingly powerless to do anything.

There is no denying that there are some people who want a Drive-Thru McDonald’s in Llanishen, and others who don’t really care. But Cardiff has enough fast food outlets already. And allowing a McDonald’s Drive-Thru to wander in to the suburbs will likely do more harm than good.


Here’s the video from the Planning Committee:

Please note that that video will be available for approximately 6 months from the date of the meeting.


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UPDATE: Unfortunately the Drive-Thru McDonald’s was granted planning permission on 18 September, 2019.

McDonald’s Application: Site Visit on 9 September

In August I attended the planning committee with residents to ask for a site visit about the proposed new Drive-Thru McDonald’s on the old Harvester site on Ty Glas Ave. I am pleased to confirm that the committee agreed to the site visit and will be coming to site on 9 September.

If you are a local resident and are concerned about this proposal, then please come along on 9 September to show your objection. The more people who express their concerns, the greater the will of the local community will be heard.

If you are free on 9 September, please pop down to the site to show your support against this proposal.

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FAQ

What is a site visit?

A site visit is when the committee visits the site before making a decision on a planning application (or in this case, applications). It’s an important element in the planning process and the committee may see things on the site, that were not made clear in the application, or in the planning officers’ presentation to them at committee.

Can I attend the site visit?

Yes, anyone can attend the site (or the surrounding area, if the site is on private land), but only ward Councillors can directly address the committee whilst they are on site.

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Plans Set Out For HMRC Site

The HMRC site has been part of Llanishen for 50 years. It’s a huge site, with a footprint bigger than Rhiwbina Garden Village. With HMRC vacating the site in the next year or two, the company that owns the site (Mapeley Estates), has unveiled a master-plan for what they would like to do with the site once HMRC leave.

Myself and ward colleagues were recently invited to the planning consultancy firm, Lichfields, at their Cardiff office, to learn about the plans for the HMRC site, when HMRC vacate it.

This site is so expansive that any changes to it will change the feel and character of the area. It’s important that the site makes the area even better, and that the community is given a fair chance to have its say.

The plans include knocking down the 16 storey main tower, and converting Gleider House (the smaller tower) in to 142 flats. The plans also include 195 homes, a care facility and older people’s accommodation.

This site is so expansive that any changes to it will change the feel and character of the area. It’s important that the site makes the area even better, and that the community is given a fair chance to have its say.


Here’s the document we were provided at the meeting which gives an overview of the plans:

We’re been informed that this plan is illustrative, and that based on feedback, it may change.


At the moment I think there’s lots of work to do to ensure the site integrates with the wider area, and takes inspiration of some of the best bits of Cardiff North, like the beautiful rural architecture dotted around Llanishen, and Rhiwbina Garden Village.

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You can share your views by filling in our form here, and we’ll pass them on to the planning consultancy.

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