Developer’s ficticious plans for Co-Op at Pontcanna Pine!

Thanks to everyone who came to the community meeting on Monday to show their support for the campaign. A BIG thank you especially to Mike Ash-Edwards, the Regional Secretary Co-Op Cymru Wales Region, for making a special guest appearance to eloquently and categorically deny any truth in Chris Voyle’s plans for a Co-op supermarket at Pontcanna Pine / Dairy site.

Mike with meeting chair, Alan Lane.

The developer has based their whole resubmission around the ‘fact’ (now proving to be fiction) that the Co-Op had agreed ‘heads of terms’ – and would move in should planning permission for a supermarket be given. Mike had spent most of the day 100 % confirming the fact that there were no proposed plans – so this wasn’t a PR stunt, it was a genuine action delivered in the values of the Co-Op which has community members at its heart.

Iona Gordon created more detailed minutes from the meeting – download here.
You can click here to download plans: letter and parking and traffic data and revised Co-op Supermarket plans and Here is the link to the proposals if you wish to view the plans:
http://planning.cardiff.gov.uk/online-applications/applicationDetails.do?activeTab=documents&keyVal=_CARDIFF_DCAPR_96880

Here is a visual map of main differences:

The remainder of the meeting consisted of a presentation of the minor changes to the plans, and a request for everyone to write letters / emails to the council by 22 October. More detailed minutes are available to download here. Simon White was unable to be present, but had again invested a great deal of time creating detailed analysis which demonstrated that the picture submitted by the developer was designed to create a certain impression of the area. We kindly request people to write with real stories, experiences and concerns, so the council have an accurate view of the reality of the area and the negative impact a supermarket would have.

• Planning Objection – by October 22  Ref Number to quote: 11/01213/DC1.
• The planning meeting is on Wednesday 7 November at 2.30 pm in City Hall
• development@cardiff.gov.uk please copy us on our email if you can

Read today’s press article in the Echo where the developer did not take the opportunity to provide public evidence to support his proposals: “But in a statement to YourCardiff tonight, Mr Voyle would not be drawn on the Co-op’s comments. He said: “I was not present at the public meeting and have not spoken with the Co-op in respect of any comments and have no wish to enter into a debate in the press on this issue.” 

Lastly we want to thank all our supporters, local businesses, tweeters and bloggers – it really is a team effort. The Co-Op speaker at the meeting was due to a tweeter making direct contact to check the developers plans. Thank you again, Pontcanna Pine Team.

We will update in the next post about the proposed Pontcanna Fields Sports Development,

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