University Breaks Planning Rules

Western Mail (Cardiff, Wales), February 18, 2004 | Go to article overview

University Breaks Planning Rules


Byline: By MARTIN SHIPTON Western Mail

A university with one of the most highly regarded city planning departments in Britain has breached planning regulations by starting work on a building without full planning permission.

Cardiff University has been told to stop work on its new pounds 16m complex for the Department of Optometry and Vision Services on land off Maindy Road, Cardiff, bought from Railtrack.

A spokeswoman for Cardiff County Council said, 'Outline planning consent establishing the principle of the development, the siting of the building and the access road has been granted and an application for the design details (reserved matters) has been submitted. Following discussions with the local planning authority, the university has been asked to cease work on site and a revised design is awaited together with a fresh full planning application.'

Breaching planning regulations is an embarrassment for the university, whose School of City and Regional Planning is very highly regarded.

Sue Essex, a former Assembly planning minister and the current finance minister, was a senior planning lecturer at the university before becoming an AM.

Last night a spokesman for Cardiff University said, 'The university applied for and was granted outline planning permission from Cardiff Council for the development of a new building for the School of Optometry and Vision Sciences on Maindy Road prior to the commencement of work.

'Subsequently changes have been made to our specification and requirements, which necessitate further planning consent. …

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