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Home / Latest News / Anger in Cardiff suburb Pontcanna as Co-Operative submits renewed plans for a new store

Anger in Cardiff suburb Pontcanna as Co-Operative submits renewed plans for a new store

Angry residents in an affluent Cardiff suburb have slammed renewed plans to open a Co-op supermarket.

New plans have been submitted to turn the former Pontcanna Pine site, now called The Dairy, on King’s Road, Pontcanna, into a branch of the UK’s fifth biggest food retailer.

Original plans put together by the Co-operative Group fell through last year when the proposals were found to be unsuitable.

But the building, which is currently occupied by pop-up bar and restaurant Milgi, already has planning consent that allows it to be used for retail, and The Co-operative is now in discussions with the owner about opening a convenience store.

Mike Ash-Edwards, regional secretary for The Co-operative Group in Wales, said: “We are mindful of the concerns local people had about previous plans for the site, and we look forward to meeting members of the local community on Thursday to address these. Our aim is to open a small convenience store, that will enhance the area and complement the existing shops.”

But the planned 2,000sq ft store, which would create around 20 new jobs, has been met with anger.

There are concerns the new store will take business from local independent shops, damage Pontcanna’s “vitality” and character and could cause traffic and noise problems on an already congested street.

Simon White, of PontcannaHub, said: “The PontcannaHub team are very surprised and disappointed that a convenience store is being considered again despite all the arguments against it, some of which formed the basis for planning refusal of the last scheme.”

Rebecca Kelly, the co-owner of pop-up bar Milgi, said competing with supermarket giants was becoming increasingly difficult.

“We live in a world where there are lots of spaces that have been taken over by big high street names,” she said.

“You are competing with the big giants like Co-op, Sainsbury’s and Tesco for these spaces but you don’t have the buying power and the security that they do.”

The Co-op also announced this week that it will open a convenience store in August on Station Road, Llandaff North at the former NatWest building.

A meeting to discuss the future of The Dairy site takes place at 7pm on Thursday at Chapter Arts Centre, with members of the Co-op development team present.

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