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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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Homebase Llanishen Closing Down

Homebase Llanishen will be closing down this summer, with discounting at the store starting tomorrow.

Homebase, which announced 42 store closures last year as part of a company voluntary arrangement (CVA) struck with creditors, has used a break clause on the lease, with dozens of jobs set to go.

No doubt this news has come as a shock for workers at the store and it’s vital that Homebase helps all affected staff find new work over the coming months.

There are rumours that a house builder has purchased the site and are set to submit a planning application in due course.

I’ll keep you posted.

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

McDonald’s Submit Planning Application On Former Harvester Site, Ty Glas Ave

For the past month there have been rumours rumbling that McDonald’s were interested in taking over the recently closed Harvester site opposite Llanishen Leisure Centre. Well, after McDonald’s publicly denying it, they’ve now confirmed it with a bundle of planning applications.

Despite assurances from McDonald’s only a few weeks ago that they were not going to be taking over the former Harvester site, they have gone ahead and submitted several planning applications.

It’s very disappointing that McDonald’s have been releasing inaccurate information about their intentions with the site – obfuscating the community is not on!

Located just a few hundred metres from the gates of Coed Glas Primary School, and less than half a mile from Llanishen High, this will be the closet McDonald’s to a school in the whole of Cardiff. It will also be closer to houses than any other McDonald’s in Cardiff. And, of course just across the road from a Leisure Centre.

Goliath corporations like McDonald’s are of course fully entitled to look after their interests and pursue commercial opportunities that they think will be fruitful. But it is very difficult to see what good will come of a McDonald’s wedged between a Leisure Centre and a Primary School.

We’ve gone from having no fast food outlets in Llanishen, to potentially having 3 in less than 3 years. This rapid change is inevitably going to lead to additional challenges for the community, many of which aren’t obvious right now – but will be over the coming years.

Lots of us like to have the occasional unhealthy meal, but there are enough McDonalds’ across the city for our unhealthy desires to be accommodated – along with a chip shop just up the road from this site.

You can take a look at the planning applications and submit any comments you may have by clicking on the links below:

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