Developers behind hotel complex near Cardiff Airport ask for another five years to complete scheme

Cardiff AirportBy Peter Collins,

Developers behind a proposed hotel and leisure complex near Cardiff Airport granted planning permission in 2009 have asked for an extra five years to complete the work.

The long-awaited project by Q-Park Limited was approved with a condition that work would begin within five years.

But work at the site, next to the A4226 Tredogan Road and Penmark roundabout on the approach to the airport, has yet to begin.

The plan involves building an 84-bed hotel as well as a restaurant and 150-space car park.

Hotel and car park developments are seen as an important part of the strategy to boost business at the airport.

The developers have now submitted an application to the Vale of Glamorgan council for a five-year extension to the planning permission so the scheme can be completed.

In their application document Peter Brett Associates, agents for the developers, state: “In terms of visual impact this remains unchanged from the consideration under the initial application, with the hotel and restaurant block being split into three sections varying from single to three storey.

“As previously considered, the buildings being of a modern design including modern finishes with a white-profile cladding roof, silver smooth wall panelling and silver aluminium-framed windows are considered acceptable, with a number of breaks/changes in levels and roof angles to create a contemporary appearance.”

The application adds: “The site changes in level and is elevated above road level when viewed from a westerly direction [from Llantwit Major]. The existing mature hedgerow around the site will reduce the visual impact of the proposal although it will not obscure the higher parts of the building, although this can be further mitigated by the submission of a scheme of landscaping to supplement to hedgerow enclosures around the site.

“The overall modern approach to the design is considered acceptable in this location and will be viewed against the backdrop of the airport and the British Airways maintenance hangar.”

Another condition on the original approval was that the developers should contribute £100,000 towards sustainable transport in the area.

The applications comes as work continues on the early stages of a £26m upgrade of the road link to St Athan and Cardiff Airport Enterprise Zone, which is seen as key to creating jobs and is the latest stage in the Welsh Government-backed Five Mile Lane improvement scheme.

Sourced by Wales Online

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