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Former Cardiff rugby player gets go ahead for eco-flats

By Amy Willis, Cardiff Evening News

A FORMER Welsh rugby star’s controversial plan to demolish his home and build an apartment block has been approved by Cardiff Council through a planning gain agreement.

Former rugby player Peter Rogers

Former rugby player Peter Rogers

Peter Rogers, 40, a retired Welsh international rugby union player, of Radyr Court, Llandaff, reached an agreement with the council last week despite more than 70 letters of objection.

Planning gain, known as a section 106 agreement, means planning permission is granted on the condition money is given back to the community. In this case money would be used to build new bus stops and improve local footpaths.

Mr Rogers, who now works as a domestic energy assessor, told Cardiff Evening News the council approved the development, which overlooks the River Taff, as it would be an “iconic and socially aware” building made entirely of sustainable materials.

He is in talks with a company about putting a water mill in the River Taff to generate electricity for the apartments as well as including cycle parking bays.
“It is going to be a special building,” said Mr Rogers.

Neighbours against the development said the proposed development is not in keeping with the rest of the housing in the area.

One neighbour, who did not want to be named, said: “We are really not happy about it as it provides accommodation not required in the area at the moment – it demolishes a family house and replaces it with single occupant flats.”

The plans were initially submitted as a 11 apartment block but a covenant with a height restriction of 76ft meant the plan was withdrawn. It was later resubmitted and approved with eight apartments within the height limit. Neighbours have been angry with this as they say it was not clear they had to resent their objection letters.

Architect designs of proposed eco-building

Architect designs of proposed eco-building

Llandaff councillor and member of the Council’s schools sub-committee, Kirsty Davies, said she was concerned about the development due to the nearby school.

“My major concern about the development is the safety of the children who use the steps up to Ysgol Pencae primary school, especially while the work is being carried out. There is an adverse camber on the road outside the development which makes it difficult to see small people already.”

Mr Rogers said due to the current climate a start date could not be confirmed but selling the property with planning permission was not out of the question.

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