Ely Brickworks restoration gives residents concern

Ely Brickworks restoration gives residents concern

A proposal to restore the former Ely Brickworks by infilling disused soil has raised concerns among councillors and residents in Caerau. Neal Soil Suppliers Ltd has launched a pre-planning application consultation to restore a section of the former Ely Brickworks site adjacent to the A4232, which is accessed from Cwrt-Yr-Ala Road.

The planning statement on behalf of Neal Soil Suppliers Limited states that the proposal seeks to remediate an area of the ground otherwise left unrestored and unused following the closure of the Ely Brickworks in the 1960s. The company proposes to restore part of the site by infilling disused former mineral workings to reprofile the hillside before landscaping the site.

However, the proposal has caused objections from those who live on Cwrt-Yr-Ala Road, which the company’s HGVs would use to transport materials to and from the site. Residents have expressed their disdain for the proposal and many say they want to start a petition to ensure Neal Soil Suppliers are not granted planning permission by the Vale of Glamorgan Council.

With the company expecting four HGVs to and from the site per hour with a maximum of twelve HGV journeys per day, residents are very concerned with the amount of extra, large dangerous, and dirty vehicles using these roads.

Cardiff councillor Peter Bradbury and councillor Elaine Simmons of the Caerau ward have expressed concern for the plans and encouraged their constituents to oppose the pre-application. Planning permission was granted in 2016 by the Vale of Glamorgan Council for the venture; however, no work had taken place, and permission expired.

Planning application drawing reports produced by Neal Soil Suppliers in 2022 state that the applicant is committed to implementing a regime for cleaning and dampening every vehicle leaving the proposed development site.

A construction traffic management report adds that the developer is aware that the negligible increase in HGVs resulting from the temporary life of the restoration operation along Cwrt-Yr-Ala Road may be considered by local residents as a temporary nuisance.

The developer is committed to addressing this issue and is willing for the time of deliveries by HGVs to be limited between 0900 and 1500 hours, Monday to Friday, and by also limiting the number of HGV deliveries to the site to a maximum of 12 per day. This is expected to be conditioned as part of the planning application.


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