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.

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.


House of the Future at the Museum of Welsh Life. Photo: Chris Brown, Cardiff Friends of the Earth

Cardiff Friends of the Earth takes action to support appropriate development and oppose unsustainable planning applications. In making decisions on applications among other things we look at are:

Llanishen Reservoir update, September 2006

Llanishen Reservoir security gates with warning sign

Security gates blocking access to Llanishen Reservoir. Photo: Chris Brown. Cardiff Friends of the Earth

Llanishen Reservoir

View of meadows and trees

Meadows at Llanishen Reservoir. Photo: Llanishen RAG

Llanishen Reservoir

American owned company, Western Power Distribution (WPD) plans to build 326 homes on the site of Llanishen Reservoir in North Cardiff. It has been closed to the public since New Year's Day 2002 because of what WPD described as “the need for inspection work”.

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