Refuse planning permission

Refuse planning permission

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Save the Black Diamond started this petition to Rhondda Cynon Taff Planning and Development control

Black Diamond Public House, Edmondstown Road, Edmondstown, Tonypandy CF40 1NR

Planning Application - 21/0263/10

We, the undersigned are aware that the licensees of the above named public house are planning to change the use of the public house into a residential dwelling to the detriment of the well-being of the local community.  

The establishment, is at the very heart of our community and has served our small, close knit community and surrounding areas as a public house for approximately 100 years.   For many of us, our parents and grandparents and children have and continue to use the facility within our community and we want to ensure that our children and their children have the opportunity to enjoy it in the future.

We the undersigned, strongly object to the planning application to change its current use from a public house to a residential dwelling as we consider that it a major asset of community value that furthers the social and well-being interests of the local community.  Residential family dwellings are abundantly available for sale within the vicinity and we fail to understand why the public house cannot be sold as a going concern.

The pub is the fundamental element that unites our local community and enhances our social relationships through various intergenerational activities.  It is the main hub where we as locals congregate and unite for funerals, celebratory baby showers, birthdays, engagements and enhance well-being through other activities such as darts teams, quiz nights and live music including bands, artists and karaoke nights. 

Many of our community are elderly,  have lost spouses and sadly live alone.  These members of our community use the pub to alleviate their loneliness and social isolation. Without this as a social hub, and given that we are also not well served with a decent public transport system,  we are condemning them to live a life of loneliness and social isolation.

Welsh Government are well aware of the health implications of loneliness and isolation which is why they have a strategy in place directed at public and statutory bodies to work together.  Planning, as a statutory public body have a role to play to achieve the objectives within this strategy and also have a role to play when considering Welsh Government's other strategies, including the strategy for an ageing society amongst others.

The Well-being of Future Generations (Wales) Act states that public bodies must consider the long term impact of decisions and improve the social as well as the economic, environmental and culture of well-being in Wales.  Within the Act there are well-being goals that public bodies must seek to achieve including: 

A healthier Wales- a society in which people's physical and mental well-being is maximised

A Wales of cohesive communities - attractive, viable, safe and well-connected communities.

In our opinion if planning is granted to allow residential use, its fabric will be lost forever.  This will have a long-term and detrimental impact on the well-being of the most vulnerable in our community who do not feel safe travelling out of the village. It will also exacerbate loneliness and social isolation and detach the community from developing and furthering relationships including intergenerational relationships with the younger members of our community. 

Planning Policy Wales and The Planning (Wales) Act 2015 must ensure that the planning system contributes to improving well-being and consider and support the well-being and the amenity on local places. Our objection to the application must consider the communities amenity, well-being, social isolation, mental and physical health if planning was granted.  Once the pub is lost, it will be lost forever and will have a detrimental impact on not just the generation but our future generations growing up and living in our community.

Economically, the pub has been viable for the last 100 years and there is no reason why it will not continue to be so and could be a very viable, profitable business for right minded people.

A number of people have made offers to purchase the pub to keep it as a pub within our community, such is the strong sense of our community feeling about the issue.  We the undersigned therefore ask you to consider very carefully your policies and the long term impact of granting this change of use and decline the planning otherwise our pub will be lost forever for our future generations to enjoy. 

We also respectfully ask that you as the planning authority consider seriously our concerns in line with the current legislation and material planning considerations.  

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