A plan to build a new modernistic two-storey detached house in a back-alley of Penarth’s Conservation Area – which had been conditionally supported by Penarth town councillors – has been rejected by the Vale of Glamorgan Council planning officers.
The application (originally reported by PDN on December 18th 2015 http://tinyurl.com/zwo3j5x ) had been made in a personal capacity by the distinguished local architect Chris Loyn who is president of the Penarth Civic Society.
Mr Loyn had sought permission to build the new house in the back-garden of his existing home in Victoria Road. The new home was to have fronted onto a back alley which he has named “Jack’s Lane” .
Members of Penarth Town Council’s planning committee – most of whose members know Mr Loyn personally – had conducted a “site visit” to the location and supported the scheme subject to a condition that new house would “always be ancillary to the main house and that it cannot be sold off into separate dwellings”.
However last night Penarth Council’s planning committee were told that their decision had been overridden by a Vale of Glamorgan Council planning officer who had rejected the scheme because it “represents an unacceptable and inappropriate form of “back land” residential development that does not respect the established function of this rear lane location nor the prevailing pattern of surrounding development and therefore would not serve to preserve or enhance the character of this part of the conservation area.”
Permission to demolish existing buildings in the back garden was also refused.
The chairman of Penarth Council’s planning committee Cllr Neil Thomas (Labour Cornerswell) said that in the Vale’s written comments there was reference to an intention to “flog-off” the existing main house – 21 Victoria Road.
That meant the plan was contrary to the condition which Penarth Council’s planning committee had recommended be applied as a condition of the development – i.e. that the proposed new house should be “ancillary to Number 21 Victoria Road ” .