Councillors look set to approve a significant new housing scheme for southern Cardiff this week.
Developers want to build 116 new properties – most of which would be affordable homes – to the west of Clive Lane in Grangetown, the road which runs parallel to Clive Street.
The plans, which are in partnership with Wales and West Housing and Taff Housing Association, first came before the committee last month.
But members deferred a decision until a site visit had been carried out.
That has now taken place, and – subject to a number of conditions – council officers have recommended the plans, which would comprise 68 flats and 48 houses, are given the go ahead.
The homes would be built on what is now almost two hectares of redundant railway land, and the levelling of the embankment which used to be topped with the railway line forms part of the planning application.
About 150 parking places are also incorporated into the proposals, which developers say would rejuvenate an area which “has become a target for anti-social behaviour in recent years, experiencing high levels of fly tipping”.
It has also been argued the plan would help meet a planning policy aims and would maximise the reuse of previously developed, or brownfield, land.
Some neighbours have objected to the plans, saying, among other things, that the homes would be too close to existing properties and that there is not the infrastructure to cope with a large amount of new residents in the area.
On the council’s website, one, David Lane, wrote: “You would be destroying the peace and quiet that the embankment has provided for many years, not to mention all the existing wildlife that would inevitably have to find itself a new home – preferably not in my garage and [the] foundations of the house I live in.”
Marian Hersi added: “This development will impact on the quality of life of those who reside on Clive Street and in Grangetown.”
The Ikea megastore in Ferry Road has also raised concerns about the possible impact of the development on one of its boundary walls.
A section 106 agreement with the developers has set conditions including that at least 20% of the site should be affordable housing and that a financial contribution should be made towards improving parks in the area.
Because local schools are oversubscribed, there is also a demand for almost £600,000 which can be used to buy land to provide more primary and secondary capability, while there is also a pro-rata demand for tens of thousands of pounds more to cope with extra pressure on community facilities and waste management.
Cardiff council’s planning committee meeting takes place on Wednesday, August 10.