Planning committee meeting today over new stadium

Last updated : 20 August 2003 By Michael Morris

Cardiff City Council Planning Committe are meeting today to decide the outcome of Cardiff City FC's planning application for a new stadium.

It was revealed last week that planning officers are in favour of the go ahead but the official decision is expected on Thursday after the meeting this afternoon.

David Temme will represent Cardiff City at the meeting which could the go ahead given for the multi million development at Leckwith that will provide a new home for Cardiff City, a new athletics stadium and hotel and retails outlets.

There are pockets of opposition from some councillors in Cardiff, who are worried about residents parking and possible impact on the Canton shopping area and also from the Vale of Glamorgan who are concerned at the possible traffic problems it could cause Vale residents. The scheme takes into consideration roads and there are plans to improve the existing links to the site at Leckwith. The plans also include huge car parks for people using the facilities and this, along with a proposed residents parking scheme, should not be enough to derail the plans being approved.

If the plans are passed today then the Welsh Assembly are expected to have the final say on whether the scheme can go ahead.