Updated: Jan 25
Information on how to have your say and object to planning applications that threaten Cardiff's green spaces and communities.
Here are some key links on how to find out about the latest planning applications in Cardiff and how to fight them.
Mobilise and have your say! Cardiff Friends of the Earth are supporting local communities to object to a number of planning applications, Save the Northern Meadows, Save our woods at Danescourt, Residents against the CF3 incinerator, Biomass plant, Rover Way.
Cardiff FoE will be presenting in front of Cardiff Council planning committee on Wednesday 27th January 2021. We are yet to have a time confirmed, however the agenda starts from 10:30.
Cardiff FoE joint co-ordinator Gareth Ludkin, will be speaking to the committee and highlighting why we are campaigning against the extension of the outline planning permission for a wood-burning Biomass incinerator to be built on Rover Way (Ref: 20/01279/MJR).
Watch us on live stream via the Cardiff FoE Facebook page.
A big THANK YOU again to everyone who signed the petition, without your support we wouldn’t have gotten this far.
We’ll keep you updated with the outcome from Wednesday’s meeting.
Come join us for a screening of the film BURNED, followed by a Q&A with Biofuelwatch.
The film outlines why biomass burning wood for energy is so detrimental to the planet and represents a false net zero solution in UK public policy.
Join us on Tuesday 26th January 2021 from 18:00.
See the events page or Cardiff FoE social media on how to get your ticket.
We look forward to seeing you there!
**30-11-2020 - UPDATE**
WE’VE BEEN FIGHTING BIOMASS IN SPLOTT!
A huge thank you to all 648 of you who signed out petition against extended planning permission for a proposed wood-burning biomass plant on Rover Way in Splott.
With your help, we were able to collect enough local signatures to give us the opportunity to speak as a group against the planning permission.
We’re waiting on the date of the planning committee, but we look forward to representing the views of local community members who do not want to see false net zero solutions in our city which burn virgin wood, releasing damaging CO2 and air pollutants, exacerbating our climate crisis.
Without your support it’s likely that the planning permission would have been approved behind closed doors. We now have a fighting chance to hold the planning committee and the developers to account.
We will be in touch closer to the day to share how you can support when we speak in front of the committee.
Not a fun topic, but planning has been the centre of campaigns over the last few months. Another nail in the coffin was dealt to the Save the Northern Meadows campaign this month with planning approval for an access road to the eventual site heralding the potential start of work.
However, the fight to protect green spaces continues and the campaign group along with Extinction Rebellion aren’t giving up. They’ll be fighting every step of the way with direct action and further appeals to the Health Minister who will be making the final decision on the plans.
We stand in support of efforts to protect the green space and encourage others to check out the campaign and see how you might be able to support it.
In other planning news, the deadline for opposition to the Mor Hafren Waste Incinerator on Newlands Road in Cardiff has now passed with the Welsh Government’s planning inspectorate. Due to the significance of the development, the planning application was called in by the Welsh Government.
Despite this, there’s no guarantee that planning will be rejected even if hundreds have objected and local MPs and Senedd Members have opposed the development.
We are supporting calls for the Welsh Government to issue a moratorium on waste incineration, so please do contact you MS and let them know your concerns.
A new campaign group called Reclaim Cardiff have also established themselves this month in order to fight against further damaging development decisions which negate our climate and ecological crisis and the valuable green spaces we have left in our city.
Check out the group via the link above and let us know at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any planning concerns which you think need highlighting and which we may be able to support in opposing.
** 21-09-2020 - UPDATE**
New petition and campaign launched today! Cardiff Friends of the Earth are objecting to outline plans to build a wood-burning biomass plant (20/01279/MJR) at Rover Way, Cardiff.
The public consultation is open until Friday 16th October 2020. We need your help to stop this development that risks the health of local residents and compounds our climate and ecological emergency.
**Please sign the petition here and have your say!**
**Please share the petition with friends and family**
**Make a personal objection to 20/01279/MJR biomass power plant outline planning application and write to your local Councillor and MP**
Cardiff Friends of the Earth has prepared some guidance that might help when writing your own personal objection to 20/01279/MJR. Please see the guidance below.
Why is biomass so bad? Find out more information here at Biofuel Watch