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Councillors reject plans for reservoir.

Byline: Ed Walker

THE case for Cardiff council ahead of a planning inquiry over the development of Llanishen Reservoir was strengthened last night.

Councillors rejected plans from Western Power Distribution Ltd to build on the listed site and create a mini-roundabout off Lisvane Road.

The voting was described as "hypothetical" ahead of an appeal inquiry due to start in July in front of Assembly planning inspectors.

An application to alter Grade II-listed part of the reservoir to enable the building of more than 300 homes and watersports lake was criticised by councillors as "ridiculous".

Councillors also heard how proposals for a mini-roundabout off Lisvane Road, allowing access to the new site, would cause more congestion in the area.

Llanishen councillor Richard Foley attacked the plans, saying: "This has gone on for nearly 10 years. If these plans were to build flats in Cardiff Castle they would be voted down. This is no different."

Conservative leader and Lisvane councillor David Walker warned of the impact any development could have on nearby Lisvane Reservoir.

He said: "We need to consider the impact building hundreds of homes would have on a nearby site of special scientific interest, Lisvane Reservoir."

Themini-roundaboutproposal was criticised by councillor Mike Jones-Pritchard as being out of keeping with the area.

He said: "This is a road that is partly rural by appearance, I do not want to see it cluttered. We've heard the traffic concerns and these are valid." The council documents also listed objections from local politicians of all parties, with newly-elected Cardiff North AM Julie Morgan saying: "The reservoir is one of the largest listed structures in Wales and is an integral part of a collection of 19th-Century dams that extend up to the Brecon Beacons. The changes fail to respect the integrity and the structure and its surrounds and runs counter to the spirit with which the site was originally protected."

The Assembly planning inquiry is due to start on July 5.
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Publication:South Wales Echo (Cardiff, Wales)
Geographic Code:4EUUK
Date:May 12, 2011
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