The controversial new two-storey bungalow will be built in a dog-leg plan to fit the site.
No 2 Stanwell Road – the house next door to Alun Michael’s home. The controversial new bungalow will be built on the parking ground behind it .
A controversial plan to build a “dog-leg” bungalow on an existing parking ground at the rear of Number 2 Stanwell Road, Penarth has been authorised by the Labour-run Vale of Glamorgan Council despite objections from Penarth Town Council and local residents.
The car park currently provides parking for 2 Stanwell Road (now unoccupied) and other local properties.
Alun Michael’s home at 4 Stanwell Road was adorned with a Labour Party banner after he won the South Wales Police Commissioner election in November 2012
The plot of the new bungalow is also immediately behind No 4 Stanwell Road, which is the home of former MP for Cardiff South and Penarth Alun Michael – now Police and Crime Commissioner for South Wales.
Issues of “loss of privacy” to neighbours have been dismissed
The proposed 2-bedroom bungalow will include a ground floor living room,
kitchen, porch and terrace, with a first floor master bedroom and ensuite bathroom a double car port and a first floor “hobby room“. The proposed dwelling will be “predominantly traditional in materials and design including pitched roof, gable fronted dormers and red facing brickwork with yellow band courses and a red rosemary tile roof”.
The site of the proposed new bungalow is outlined in red
Penarth Town Council had recommended that the application be refused saying it was
over-development of the site and would be “obtrusive and un-neighbourly.”
The Vale Council’s own Highway Development Team also objected saying that the development is “likely to generate an increase in pedestrian traffic on an un-adopted lane lacking adequate footways with consequent additional danger to all users”. Highways also noted there would be a “loss of vehicle parking facilities” and the development is “likely to result in a conflict between residential and other users of the lane accessing adjacent sports facilities.”
The bungalow site at the rear of 2 and 4 Stanwell Road
Six local residents objected to the scheme pointing out that the increase in traffic would make access difficult along the lane, there would be “conflict of movements between the proposed dwelling and existing right of access to separate parking spaces”; “right of access” would be adversely affected; there would be inadequate space for deliveries and emergency vehicles, the Bowls Club would lose parking places; the new bungalow would be “visually intrusive” and there would be an “adverse impact on privacy.
The narrow access lane which leads to Rectory Road
Local residents also claimed it was “disingenuous” for the bungalow development plan to be submitted separately from the plan for the redevelopment of main building itself – 2 Stanwell Road.
Vale Planners however said that the site is within the “residential settlement boundary for Penarth” and that “increases in density help to conserve land resources, and good design can overcome adverse effects” and that the residential development of the site “is acceptable particularly as a windfall site such as the current application can contribute to the need for housing land supply identified in the Local Development Plan.”
None of the windows with habitable rooms will face Mr Michael’s property
On the loss of privacy to neighbours – including Mr Michael at 4 Stanwell Road – the Vale planning report says ” there are no first floor, habitable room windows in the elevations facing either the existing dwelling at 4 Stanwell Road or the proposed flats at 2 Stanwell Road. Apart from those windows that will overlook the lane, the majority of habitable room windows are positioned on the south and eastern elevations facing Rectory Court. Whilst these do include a terrace, a first floor Juliet balcony and dormer windows, they are identified as being more than 21m from the existing windows at Rectory Court, (the minimum advised within the council’s amenity standards).
As far as overshadowing is concerned planners admit that as part of the new bungalow will run along the south eastern boundary with 4 Stanwell Road then there will be “some impact” . However, as the proposed building is a relatively low-lying structure, which will be almost 30m from the main body of the neighbouring dwellinghouse, then any overshadowing would be at the far end of their [Mr Michael's] garden and would “not be to such a degree as to justify a refusal”.