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13,000 new homes win council vote of approval.

Byline: Alison Sanders Reporter alison.sanders@walesonline.co.uk

CARDIFF'S councillors have approved the city's controversial Local Development Plan despite concerns over its transport infrastructure.

Protestors against the proposed LDP for the city gathered outside City Hall ahead of the full council meeting yesterday. Resident Cee McAleavey said she was hoping councillors would reject the proposal. She said more existing brownfield sites and empty properties could be used rather than greenfield sites. She said: "We're not saying there isn't a need for housing. There needs to be regional structure not just local and we need better transport infrastructure. Cardiff is already congested." Around 60% of the proposed sites in the plan would be on brownfield land and 40% on greenfield which will together provide 41,100 homes - 23,790 of which are already built or have planning permission. It will mean 13,450 homes being built on greenfield land from now to 2026.

Opposition councillors slammed Labour's proposed LDP saying it lacked detail and that it needs the correct infrastructure in place first.

Although they welcomed the inclusion of a green belt, the opposition criticised the proposed developments on greenfields.

The Lib Deb group proposed a motion to refer the plan back to the cabinet but this was lost in a vote.

Councillor Elizabeth Clark said an assurance was previously given that details about the plan would be revealed at the next stage of the LDP process but she said nobody was any the wiser. She said: "Whenever we debate the LDP I feel I'm in a film. The film is Groundhog Day. The fact is there is still no robust transport strategy in this plan. This LDP is flawed and is not ready to be submitted to the inspector."

Coun Clark, along with other councillors, asked about the site of the city's new bus station and argued that the LDP should have been debated after a new report has been issued by the Welsh Government on the Metro proposals expected next month.

Llandaff's Coun Kirsty Davies said: "Nobody is arguing that we don't want any more housing. We're saying we don't want that many. People in my ward are devastated by what this LDP could do." She added: "This LDP is a broken promise. It's going to go down as one of the biggest mistakes in Cardiff's history."

But Labour councillors said the previous administration had failed with the LDP and said there had already been too much delay.

Cardiff does not currently have a LDP which the council said makes it difficult to challenge how developments across the city take place. It said that with an approved plan in place it will help to ensure greater planning control.

Councillors voted in favour of the plan which will now go to the Welsh Government for consideration.

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