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Funeral of former First Minister Rhodri MorganRhodri_Morgan.pngThe funeral ceremony to celebrate the life of Rt Hon Rhodri Morgan is at 11.00 on Wednesday, 31 May at the Senedd in Cardiff Bay.

 

The ceremony will be conducted by humanist celebrant Lorraine Barrett and the public are invited to attend. A full order of service will be announced in the coming days.

 

Following the funeral ceremony at the Senedd there will be a service of committal at the Wenallt chapel, Thornhill Crematorium the following day on Thursday 1st June at 14.00.  Again, all are welcome.

 

People wishing to attend the funeral ceremony at the Senedd are advised to arrive early to allow for security checks to be carried out. The Senedd will be open from 9.30. Space in the building will be limited, however, the service will also be relayed outside via speakers and on Senedd.TV

 

Due to the Champions League finals taking place in Cardiff, extra security measures around the Senedd are in place and may cause delays with traffic and access.

 

Parking in Cardiff Bay is available at Mermaid Quay, the Red Dragon Centre, the Havannah Street car park and the Pierhead Street car park.

 

A book of condolence will remain open at the Senedd for people to pay their own personal tributes to the former First Minister, who died last week aged 77.

 

Funeral of former First Minister Rhodri Morgan

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Dear Planning Team,

PLANNING APPLICATION REF: 17/00361/MJR | DEMOLITION OF EXISTING COMMERCIAL UNIT & ERECTION OF NEW BUILD DEVELOPMENT TO FORM A3 COMMERCIAL TO GROUND & LOWER GROUND & 6 FLATS OVER | 9 WOMANBY STREET, CITY CENTRE, CARDIFF, CF10 1BR

Please note this is a joint submission.

We are writing to you to object to the planning application (REF: 17/00361/MJR) on behalf of constituents in Cardiff Central and Cardiff North who have contacted us to express their concerns.

Our objection to the planning application is for the following reasons:

  1. Welsh Government Planning Policy guidance on noise:

The Welsh Government’s national planning policy, Planning Policy Wales (Edition 9, November 2016)[1], states that noise is a material consideration in terms of granting planning permission. Para 13.15.1 states that:

“Noise can be a material planning consideration, for example in proposals to use or develop land near an existing source of noise or where a proposed new development is likely to generate noise. Local planning authorities should make a careful assessment of likely noise levels and have regard to any relevant Noise Action Plan before determining such planning applications and in some circumstances it will be necessary for a technical noise assessment to be provided by the developer.”

In addition, Welsh Government Technical Advice Note 11[2] provides further advice around noise and the planning system. It states:

“Noise-sensitive development 

10. Local planning authorities should consider whether proposals for new noise-sensitive development would be incompatible with existing activities, taking into account the likely level of noise exposure at the time of the application and any increase that may reasonably be expected in the foreseeable future. Such development should not normally be permitted in areas which are, or are expected to become, subject to unacceptably high levels of noise and should not normally be permitted where high levels of noise will continue throughout the night.”

Womanby Street is home to a number of vibrant live music venues including the renowned Clwb Ifor Bach, Fuel Rock Club, Bootlegger, and the annual Swn live music festival. The street is part of what makes Cardiff such a great cultural city.

The proposed development, which includes 6 residential flats, is situated right next to Clwb Ifor Bach, “an existing source of noise,” and in a street that host regular music festivals. This means that noise is very much a material planning consideration in this matter, and the proposed residential development is “incompatible with existing activities.” It should not be permitted in Womanby Street, an area which is “subject to unacceptably high levels of noise” throughout the evening, as per Welsh Government Technical Advice Note 11.

  1. Cardiff Council’s Local Development Plan (LDP)

Situating a proposed development that includes 6 noise-sensitive residential flats in Womanby Street is not compatible with Cardiff Council’s Local Development Plan. The LDP states:

5.181. Noise can have a harmful impact on people’s health and quality of life. Developments such as housing, schools and hospitals can be particularly sensitive to noise, as can areas of landscape, nature or built heritage importance. Where possible, new developments that are particularly noise-sensitive should be located away from existing or proposed sources of significant noise. This assessment can be informed by information on noise complaints being collated by the Council as part of an on-going initiative to reduce noise nuisance.

  1. Economic viability of music venues in Cardiff City Centre

Cardiff lost The Point, which was a great small music venue in the Bay, as a result of complaints about noise from nearby residential accommodation that was developed after the Point was established. The impact of recent residential developments on established music venues in Charles Street also demonstrates how planning permission for residential developments conflicts with the economic viability of music venues for the night time economy in Cardiff City Centre.

A recent survey by UK Music identified a total direct and indirect spend of £52 million generated in Cardiff from music tourism in 2015, with a total of 741 full time jobs generated from the same. 

It is important that Cardiff residents, and visitors to our capital city, have the opportunity to hear live music in all types of venues including small, intimate places such as Clwb Ifor Bach. It would be a real blow to musicians and music fans in and around our capital city if our Womanby Street music venues were to suffer the same fate as the Point in Cardiff Bay, and music venues in Charles Street.

Taking into account existing Welsh Government Planning Policy’s guidance on noise, Cardiff Council’s own LDP guidance, and the impact on the night time cultural economy in Cardiff City Centre, the proposed planning application should be rejected.

Yours Sincerely,

Jenny Rathbone AM and Julie Morgan AM

 

My Objection Letter to the Womanby Street Planning Application

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Jenny Rathbone | Assembly Member for Cardiff Central

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