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Luxury golf hotel plans under fire.

Byline: Phillip Nifield Political Editor

PLANS have been unveiled to build an 84bedroom golf and country hotel on the outskirts of Cardiff.

But the scheme submitted to Cardiff County Council by Jim Page of the Castle Heights and Mountain Lakes Golf Club near Tongwynlais has already come under fire.

Cardiff North AM Sue Essex, a former chairman of Cardiff's planning committee, has declared her opposition to the development, which is planned to include health facilities.

Mrs Essex, who has been contacted by residents in Tongwynlais and Rhiwbina who are concerned about the proposals, said: "The roads to the club are already difficult and can't really cope with a lot of traffic.

"I am also concerned about the impact of development on the green spaces in this area.

It is very important to stop the nibbling away of land which does need protection.

"We have to say enough is enough and preserve the green spaces around the city for future generations."

Mr Page said that a traffic assessment carried out had shown that only eight per cent of the cars that used the lanes around the golf club actually turned into the site.

"The majority of traffic is between 7am and 8.30am and people don't come up here at that time. And the parking facilities here are large enough to cope with hotel visitors, " he said.

"We are looking at knocking down the existing clubhouse, which covers quite a large area, as part of the development."

He said that a tree programme was also planned which would enhance, rather than detract, from the countryside.

The application is expected to be considered by Cardiff's planning committee later this year.
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Publication:South Wales Echo (Cardiff, Wales)
Date:Apr 3, 2002
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