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Concern over damaging redevelopment of Cardiff reservoir

The Victorian Society has written to the Planning Inspector to register a strong objection to plans to build more than 300 homes in the basin of the Llanishen Reservoir in Cardiff.

image courtesy of Stuart Herbert

The Society believes that the significance of the reservoir's Grade II-listed dam is largely meaningless without the purpose for which it was built and therefore the reservoir and the water within it are part of its special interest and must not be destroyed.

The energy company, Western Power Distribution, has applied to drain the reservoir and build 324 houses within the basin, as well as a sailing lake, clubhouse and wetland centre.

A residential development on this scale is fundamentally incompatible with the character and appearance of one of the largest listed structures in Wales', said Heloise Brown, Conservation Adviser for the Victorian Society. 'Llanishen Reservoir remains an attractive and striking reminder of a visionary nineteenth century engineering project, but the irreversible changes needed for this scheme mean the reservoir won't be easily recognisable and its significance will be lost.'

Llanishen Reservoir is the subject of a public inquiry due to start in Cardiff on 5th July.

 

Thursday 16 June, 2011

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