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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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UPDATE: Unfortunately the Cemetery was granted planning permission on 18 September, 2018.

WHY I’M OBJECTING TO THE PROPOSED NEW CEMETERY

You may be thinking that there are more important things to worry about than a Cemetery; and you’re right (I worry about other things too…) But, I thought I’d briefly outline why I’m objecting to Phase 2 of Thornhill Cemetery.

Background

A bit of background: there are currently about 380,000 people living in Cardiff, with that expected to increase by an extra 40,000 over the next 20 years (although this figure is disputed). The LDP, which is supposed to ensure development is done in a sustainable way, was set in 2016.

Why I’m objecting

The main reason I’m objecting is that this development is being built on protected land, with land north of the M4 designated as green wedge land in the LDP (Local Development Plan). I think the Council sets an unimpressive example by building on land that it itself designated as protected.

There’s ample space across the city to accommodate a new Cemetery, and we have a real fight on our hands over the coming years to protect land to the north of the M4 from being swamped with planning applications for new houses. The Council may just be firing the starting gun on a change of perspective of what green wedge land actually means. This is not a good thing.

It strikes me that a loophole has been found in the Councils own Local Development Plan that allows it to build on the green wedge – and if the Council is prepared to use such loopholes others will be too.

As Cardiff grows, we invariably need to consider extra burial space, and Thornhill Cemetery has already undergone multiple extensions, encroaching further north, west and south – but this proposal will be the biggest expansion yet, moving away from the existing site entirely, across Thornhill Road and the M4 and on to farm land. Thornhill Cemetery cannot extend indefinitely and the Council must think long-term, which I don’t think it’s doing with the current proposal.

Thanks for taking the time to read my thoughts and if you’d like to learn more or have any questions please don’t hesitate to get in touch.

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