Last chance to have say on Bay plan

South Wales Echo - - NEWS -

A FI­NAL call has been made for peo­ple to sub­mit com­ments about con­tro­ver­sial plans for new homes be­ing built in Cardiff Bay.

De­vel­oper ABP wants to build the Dolf­fin Quay in the area around the Nor­we­gian Church.

It has pre­vi­ously said the de­vel­op­ment will bring 200 much-needed homes to the area, as well as boost­ing the ap­peal to res­i­dents and tourists alike through shops and restau­rants.

But res­i­dents have been cam­paign­ing against the pro­pos­als say­ing it will mean the last of the Bay’s pub­lic green space has been lost.

A new pe­ti­tion, by the Welsh Nor­we­gian So­ci­ety, has gath­ered al­most 7,000 names.

It says that the new plans would “over­shadow and over­crowd the Nor­we­gian Church and its water­front set­ting”.

“The Nor­we­gian Church is one of the most recog­nised and well-loved build­ings in Cardiff Bay. Since it was re­opened as a cul­tural cen­tre on the water­front of Cardiff Bay in 1992 it has been ap­pre­ci­ated, by res­i­dents and vis­i­tors alike, as one of the few his­toric build­ings that con­vey the his­tory of Cardiff Bay; a sym­bol of Cardiff’s rich mul­ti­cul­tural past.

“If the Dolf­fin Quay de­vel­op­ment were al­lowed to go ahead, the open views of the iconic Nor­we­gian Church from around the Bay, and its Water­front Park set­ting would be gone for­ever.”

A spokesman for the Welsh Nor­we­gian So­ci­ety said: “It is clear from the pe­ti­tion that the Nor­we­gian Church is known and loved around the UK, and even around the world.

“Peo­ple ap­pre­ci­ate the Nor­we­gian Church as a sym­bol of Cardiff’s mul­ti­cul­tural his­tory, and do not want this iconic build­ing to be smoth­ered by the Dolf­fin Quay de­vel­op­ment.”

Among the peo­ple who have signed the pe­ti­tion is Terje In­der­haug from Ber­gen in Nor­way.

Terje said: “I was a plan­ning stu­dent in Cardiff in the 1980s and was in­volved with the ef­forts to save the Nor­we­gian Sea­men’s Church and re­build it on the water­front of Cardiff Bay.

“As a plan­ner, I have great con­cerns about the Dolf­fin Quay scheme which will im­pact on the her­itage value of the Nor­we­gian Church and other im­por­tant land­marks in the Bay, in­clud­ing the views from the Senedd and the Pier­head Build­ing.”

The Dolf­fin Quay plans would see a col­lec­tion of build­ings where peo­ple are cur­rently able to walk along the water­front prom­e­nade to the Nor­we­gian Church and make use of the open space in Bri­tan­nia Park for pic­nics.

The de­vel­oper has sub­mit­ted its plan­ning ap­pli­ca­tion and pub­lic com­ments can be sub­mit­ted un­til to­mor­row. They can be sent by post or email. For more de­tails, see www.cardiff.

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