PLAN TO REDEVELOP PENARTH’S GARDENHURST MANSION IS SCRAPPED

"Gardenhurst" was used as a care home by the Vale of Glamrogan Council but is now owned by EWM Property Company Ltd

“Gardenhurst” was used as a care home by the Vale of Glamrogan Council but is now owned by EWM Property Company Ltd

A controversial planning application to redevelop the site of the classic Victorian mansion “Gardenhurst” – at the junction of Park Road and Holmesdale Place – has been withdrawn by the developers, the EWM Property Company.

The scheme had originally been debated by Penarth Town Council’s planning committee whose members  had carried out a “site visit” in November last year  to inspect the mansion and its grounds which are almost entirely masked by trees and bushes.

Three objectors, Marion Avon (left) and Mr and Mrs RIchard Francis with Cllr Clive Williams (Conservative Plymouth Ward) after attending last night's Penarth Town Council planning committee

Three objectors, Marion Avon (left) and Mr and Mrs RIchard Francis (right) with Cllr Clive Williams (Conservative Plymouth Ward) – (second from left) after attending Penarth Town Council planning committee in November

When the application was then considered in committee on November 26th 2015 , a number of  local residents attended the meeting and spoke against the plans. (Full report on PDN  http://tinyurl.com/jpmr5t6)

Peglers' grocery stores - like this one - were once common throughout South Wales

Peglers’ grocery stores – like this one – were once common throughout South Wales

The house is said to have been given as a gift to the people of Penarth by its owners – the Pegler grocery dynasty – to ensure that the “elderly people in Penarth would be cared for”. In a series of local government re-organisations, the 30-room mansion subsequently became the property of the Vale of Glamorgan Council which operated it as an adult day-centre. Rising maintenance costs forced its sale and it was bought by multi-millionaire Philip Day’s EWM Property Company for £1,225,000.

The EWM planning application proposed a  “change of use” for the mansion itself under which it would be developed into five apartments- a part of the scheme to which there were no objections.

The four town houses it's proposed to build in the parking ground of the current Gardenhurst site

The four town houses it’s proposed to build in the parking ground of the current Gardenhurst site

The contentious element of the application was a proposal to also build four “town houses” in the large rear car park of “Gardenhurst” . It was the design and density of these associated modernistic  “town-houses” which  provoked criticism and had  sparked a series of letters from members of the public to both Penarth Council and the Vale of Glamorgan Council.

Cllr Anthony Ernest (Conservative Plymouth Ward)

Cllr Anthony Ernest (Conservative Plymouth Ward)

Penarth Town Council voted in favour of a motion by Cllr Anthony Ernest (Conservative Plymouth Ward) to recommend refusal of the development .

Cllr Gwyn Roberts (Labour St Augustines)

Cllr Gwyn Roberts (Labour St Augustines)

However Cllr Ernest’s motion  had been altered by an amendment moved by Cllr Gwyn Roberts (Labour St Augustines) who asserted it would be “strategically bad ” to make a flat recommendation for refusal of the  application as this would not “hold a lot of weight” when it came up for consideration before the Vale of Glamorgan Planning Committee (of which Cllr Roberts is also a member).

The final motion read that Penarth Town Council  “Welcomes the redevelopment of Gardenhurst and the preservation of this important building. We recognise that there may be scope for the development of the rear car park area. However the proposals for houses as they are grossly insensitive to the Conservation Area and therefore should be rejected.”

As with all planning applications in Penarth, the final decision was to rest with the Vale of Glamorgan Council’s planning committee. However now – prior to any ultimate decision being made by the Vale Planning Committee – the developers have withdrawn the application.

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6 Responses to PLAN TO REDEVELOP PENARTH’S GARDENHURST MANSION IS SCRAPPED

  1. Christopher David says:

    If its re developed sympathetically to the area and not over developed fine. If its going to be another Disney type development which the VOG have a record of allowing in Penarth and Dinas Powis it should be rejected.

  2. Jonnyoneye says:

    The probable reason that it has been withdrawn, is that in discussions with the VoG planning department, it has been made clear that they would reject the application as it stands – possibly because it would be considered over development, possibly because the design was not acceptable – and that it is better to withdraw the application at this stage, than to continue and have it rejected.
    It will no doubt be raised again in the future, with just enough of the necessary changes incorporated as close as possible to get it through.

  3. Sue@56 says:

    What about the houses in Holmesdale Place next to Gardenhurst which seem to be boarded up and behind padlocked gates. Do these belong to a local builder by any chance?

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