Review of Llandaff Conservation Area set to enhance preservation of historic area


A Cardiff Council review of the historic Llandaff Conservation Area could lead to enhanced preservation of the area's unique heritage, and an extension to the area protected for future generations. 

The plans, set out in a Cardiff Council Cabinet report published on their website, introduces a new management plan for the area, which in 1968 became the first of twenty seven areas of the city now designated as Conservation Areas. 

If approved the plans would also see the existing area extended to include the eastern end of Fairwater Road and The Avenue. 

Cabinet Member for Strategic Planning and Transport, Cllr Caro Wild, said: "Llandaff was its own entity until 1922 when Cardiff extended its boundaries - it's a city within a city, and there is so much valuable history packed into its streets, its green spaces, and its buildings, that we want to do everything we can to protect and preserve it. 

"This purpose of this review is to set out an improved understanding of everything that makes this area special, so that we can ensure it continues to be protected and enhanced within the planning system. 

"Thanks must go to local ward Councillors, local volunteers, the Llandaff Conservation group, and the Llandaff Society for their input into this process - we've worked closely with them on this appraisal of the area which, if approved by my Cabinet colleagues next week, will ensure that the unique features and characteristics of this historic area don't just survive, but are enhanced for future generations." 

The appraisal, the first of the area since 2006, found that between 2004 and 2017, 83% of alterations made to properties within the area had either preserved or enhanced the character of the area, and that overall, buildings of special historic and architectural value, and the public realm, have in the main been protected or enhanced as a result of the area's Conservation Area designation. 

A number of opportunities to enhance the area were also identified and the appraisal sets out a range of aims and objectives that contribute to the long term vision for the area, which is, the appraisal states "to phase out any ill-considered modern additions and encourage high-quality alteration so that the importance of each building, and the of the whole conservation area, is revealed more clearly and protected for the future."