The Vale of Glamorgan has confirmed that it is to investigate an alleged breach of planning permission in respect of premises operated by the Penarth taxi firm Cabs 64 at 20B Glebe Street (on the corner on the North side of Plassey St) .
The investigation relates not to the first floor office where the firm is based but to “parking issues” on the street outside.
The Vale Council had originally refused permission for a “change of use” of the premises because of the possible detrimental effect on neighbours living nearby.
Cabs 64’s owner Mr David Mais had contested that decision and took the issue to a Planning Inspectorate appeal in July 2014.
At that appeal, the Vale Council had argued that “the use of the premises as a private hire taxi office would have potential to create a significant level of noise and general disturbance caused by vehicular engines and doors, the comings and goings of staff and customers ” .
The Labour-controlled Vale Council patted itself on the back at last week’s planning meeting on its “85% success record” of defeating appeals against it (which included forcing an elderly widow out of her own home just yards away from the taxi office – see PDN http://tinyurl.com/jq7zbme ).
However Cabs 64 proved a tougher nut to crack. The Planning Inspectorate ruled against the Vale Council and came down in favour of Cabs 64.
The Planning Inspectorate however did acknowledge that concerns had been raised about “local car parking and the effect on highway safety” . The inspector had said “I do not consider there to be a reasonable likelihood that a number of vehicles associated with the business would be parked within the immediate vicinity at any given time.”
The Planning Inspectorate’s officer went on to say ” I acknowledge that there may be times when taxis may be parked on the public highway, such as when fares are being dropped off. I also recognise the high demand for on street parking within the area which can lead to congestion. However, a high demand for on street parking is common place in such commercial areas and, whilst some parking may spill over into adjacent residential streets, given the size of the taxi office and the operating arrangements of the proposed business, I do not consider the change of use would materially add to such problems. ”
Yesterday however the Vale of Glamorgan council announced that “parking issues” in the vicinity, associated with the change of use application for Cabs 64 and its appeal victory, are to be the subject of Planning Enforcement Inquiry.