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.
If the latest plan is approved by Cardiff Council’s Planning Committee, the upper floor would also be converted into 10 flats. Construction would begin at the end of 2011 with the new store opening in autumn 2012.
The latest planning proposal comes a year after the council approved plans to convert the building into 14 flats despite it being in a conservation area.
Mr Voyle claims that “the improved facilities will encourage locals to shop locally. A lot of people travel to Canton or to Western Avenue to purchase their groceries.”
Local residents, councillors and shopkeepers are concerned that a new store will hurt existing local shops. They believe it will increase parking problems in the area.
Cardiff Friends of the Earth Coordinator Raoul Bhambral said "This is yet another attempt to destroy local shops in Cardiff. Big business wants turn Cardiff into a clone town with identical shops to everywhere else in the UK."
"This development would damage existing shops in Pontcanna and suck money out of the local economy. We fully support the efforts of the local residents to stop this ridiculous plan."
Local residents and shopkeepers have already collected 500 signatures objecting to the proposal. They will hold a public meeting on Wednesday, August 10 at 7pm at St Catherine’s Church Hall, King’s Road, Pontcanna.