Ask Cardiff Council to get Llanishen Reservoir refilled

Lisvane Reservoir closure notice

Photo: Chris Brown, Cardiff Friends of the Earth

Llanishen Reservoir was built by the Victorians. It is a Grade II listed structure, and the grassland surrounding it is a SSSI.

Cardiff Local Development Plan delayed

View of fields and trees with buildings on the distance

Greenfield land in Cardiff threatened with housing development. Photo: Chris Brown, Cardiff Friends of the Earth

On Monday 31 October Cardiff Council announced that the Local Development Plan (LDP) would be delayed for 12 months.

Luxury homes planned for Lisvane

View of fields and hedges

Land threatened with development, Lisvane. Photo: Chris Brown, Cardiff Friends of the Earth

Carlyle Developments have submitted plans to build 40 new “executive-style” houses on a 10-acre site in Lisvane.

More than 44 trees would be felled to make way for the stylish houses, including mature ash, oak, sycamore and cherry trees.

Each red-brick home would have six bedrooms, three bathrooms, and a double garage.

Historic Laundry threatened with demolition

Protestors in front of the laundry building with a washing line of T-shirts saying Save our laundry

The old laundry building on the corner of Blenheim Road and Marlborough Road in Penylan could be knocked down to make way for a retirement home.

Pontcanna landlord in supermarket talks

Victorian shops in Pontcanna

Shops in King Street, Pontcanna, Cardiff. Photo: Chris Brown, Cardiff Friends of the Earth

Pontcanna landlord, Chris Voyle, has submitted plans to create a 2,600sqm ground floor supermarket at the former Pontcanna Pine warehouse on King’s Road. Mr Voyle said he was talking to a number of retailers, including supermarkets, but that no contract had been signed.

New Tesco store threatens Pontcanna shops


Ballantynes Wine Merchants Photo: Chris Brown, Cardiff Friends of the Earth.

Cardiff Friends of the Earth is concerned about reports that supermarket giant Tesco is planning to open a One Stop convenience store in Cathedral Road, Pontcanna. Waitrose have also denied that they want to open a store in Pontcanna.

Shop locally

Row of Victorian small Shops with flats above

Local Shops in Pontcanna Street, Cardiff. Photo: Chris Brown, Cardiff Friends of the Earth

Before you head off to the local supermarket, think about taking advantage of what your local shops have to offer.

Is Cardiff a clone town?

The Parliamentary All-Party Group on Small Shops investigated the future of small shops in the UK. Its report High Street Britain: 2015, released in January 2006, predicted a bleak future for independent shops. The report predicted that without protection:


Turf roofed house in woodland

Environmental design at the Centre for Alternative Technology. Photo: Lyndsay Maiden, Cardiff Friends of the Earth

Cities and their occupants consume huge amounts of:

  • food
  • energy
  • building materials
  • water

They produce large amounts of:

Better planning

Central Cardiff

Photo: Chris Brown

Better planning

People need a mix of housing, shops, offices, pubs, schools and places of worship within reasonable walking and cycling distance. They should be on public transport routes where this is not possible. For example: offices at public transport interchanges.

Placing low-density housing, shopping and office development on separate sites, then forcing people to drive between them doesn't work.

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