Campaigners wait for decision on cancer hospital

13 December 2017

People campaigning against plans for a new cancer hospital in Whitchurch hope city councillors will rule in their favour at a meeting today.

Cardiff City Council’s Planning Committee will make a decision this afternoon on whether to give planning permission for a new Velindre Cancer Centre.

The development would be built on meadow land (pictured) in Whitchurch, Cardiff.

But local opinion is split over the 42 bed facility.

Some residents are unhappy at the damage to wildlife the building work will bring to the meadow.

There are also fears over the congestion it will bring to the Whitchurch area.

Whitchurch and Tongwynlais councillors Timothy Davies, Linda Morgan and Mike Phillips have raised an objection to the plans.

They say they are concerned over “loss of green space to permanent development that goes much further than the existing permissions.”

But others say that the facility will allow cancer sufferers to be treated in one place, rather than being dispersed around South Wales for different treatments.

Writing in the South Wales Echo, Julie Williams AM said that the existing hospital in Whitchurch needed replacing.

“With more people being diagnosed and treated for cancer than ever before, it has outgrown this site and needs modernising.”

If permission is given, the hospital could be open by September 2022.

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