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Plans for new tower block toned down - but Tramshed still 'at risk'.

Byline: ROBERT LLOYD Reporter robert.lloyd01@walesonline.co.uk

NEW plans for a tower block overlooking Cardiff's Tramshed have been toned down - but the future of the music venue still hangs in the balance.

Proposals for a seven-storey tower block of offices and apartments on vacant land right next to the Grangetown venue have been scaled down by the developer following concerns.

DS Developments now wants to build a four storey development - with which 3,000 sq ft of business space and 16 serviced apartments.

The operators of the Tramshed say the development could still put the future of the venue at risk.

Concerns had been raised that tour buses and taxis currently use the land for parking, and on the impact of the building work on the Tramshed's day trade - which the operators say have not been allayed by the new plans.

But DS Developments - landlord of the Tramshed site - say the new building would not affect the operation of the venue and said "it will survive".

It is also understood the Tramshed's operator have been in discussions with up to two international brands to take over the running of the venue - and neither are concerned about the parking issues.

DS Developments is also seeking assurances from MJR Events that they can continue running the Tramshed following the abrupt closure of another of its venues - The Assembly in Leamington Spa - this month.

But Dan Ickowitz-Seidler, co-owner of The Tramshed, said: "We have not had any further contact with the developer or Cardiff council since our initial objection. It disappoints us the issues we raised have not been addressed by the revised proposals.

"While we welcome a smaller building outlined in the new plans, the fundamental problem of how Tramshed trades during the build process have still not been addressed and subsequently this development will still put Tramshed at risk. We need to fight for Cardiff to save Tramshed so it can continue to serve the community and remain the city's best live music and events space."

Simon Baston, managing director of DS Developments, said Tramshed's operators were aware of the plans We have community concerns reduced the the level of for the new building when they signed their lease.

Simon Baston, director Developments He said: "We have listened to the community and their concerns and have reduced the new building to the level of the Tramshed, and kept it away from the Tramshed building.

"We will help the operators as much as we can with our contacts in Cardiff council to look at alternate arrangements. It will make no difference whatsoever to the Tramshed.

"Following the closure of the venue in Leamington Spa, we're looking for rapid assurances from them.

"We're committed to keeping the Tramshed there whatever happens. It will survive."

listened to the and their and we have new building to the Tramshed managing of DS " Mr Baston said the new building would help address a "desperate need" for office space in sustainable locations in Cardiff and the city's "woefully inadequate" supply of serviced apartments."We're helping to alleviate that and promote the brand of Cardiff," he said.

A consultation on the updated application is being held until June 26.

Tramshed so it serve the community the city's and events Baston, of they have community concerns reduced the whatsoever to "Following venue in we're "to a for in "woefull"We have listened to the community and their concerns and we have reduced the new building to the level of the Tramshed Simon Baston, managing director of DS Developments

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Publication:South Wales Echo (Cardiff, Wales)
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Date:Jun 17, 2019
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