Residents, who have been busy over the last couple of months collecting formal complaints to submit to Cardiff Council, now feel they have sufficient a reason for a second official report into daylight and height concerns.
The current plans for the Rightacres development, named Bottle Works Wharf, are for a five or six storey apartment complex on the site of the Taff Embankment’s current Track 2000 building.
Residents have already expressed their worry that the area will be absorbed by city centre development, and that Bottle Works Wharf will pave the way for further high-rise buildings across Grangetown.
Talking about these developments, Simon Newman, another Pentre Gardens resident, said, “Wood Street, which once was a sunny street, is just dark and cold now.”
Judy Davies adds, “There’s just no light. I feel depressed every time I walk down it. This is going to be my house!”
Residents were able to take professional advice from planning consultants BRE with the help of funding previously set aside by Rightacres for this exact purpose.
All of this comes after a tense week for the residents as the web page set up to receive complaints temporarily crashed for several days, prompting calls for the planning deadline to be extended.
As it stands the official deadline for objections is still today, 13 December. However, the Council’s portal will stay live until the application goes to planning in January, so residents are urging people to continue submitting complaints.
You can keep up to date with the Pentre Gardens residents and their campaign on Twitter.