Penarth councillors have been told that the recent landslide on the escarpment overlooking Penarth Marina was so “significant” that at one time it was thought that some nearby houses in the Penarth Heights development might have to be “emptied”.
The landslide occurred on the steep wooded slope immediately behind and above the Tec Marina building on Terra Nova Way. The alarm was raised in the afternoon of Sunday February 7th 2016 when police closed Terra Nova Way to traffic as a precaution until the extent of the problem could be established. [ see PDN http://tinyurl.com/zsa9xwk%5D
Last night Penarth Town Council’s planning committee was considering a planning application from Penarth Heights developers, Crest Nicholson, to install two-storey-high stainless steel signage on the side of their sales office at 1 Gibson Way.
The application sought permission to install lettering spelling out the words “Welcome to Penarth Heights” on the right hand side of the sales office – facing the Leisure Gardens – and described it as a “temporary proposal” . (The committee noted that, in fact, the signage had already been erected) .
Cllr Martin Turner (COnservative Plymouth Ward) asked “ How temporary is temporary?”
The committee chairman Cllr Neil Thomas said “That was my question exactly – we have no idea”. Cllr Thomas said “It’s there – but I think we should ask for some sort of prescription on it as regards time”
Members speculated that it could be “until the last property is sold” – although the Crest application actually specified a period of two years.
Cllr Gwyn Roberts (Labour St Augustines) said that – as an aside – there had been “quite a significant landslip on that site about three weeks ago – so much so that at one point they actually thought they may have to empty the houses . In fact it wasn’t as bad as that but it is quite significant.”
Cllr Roberts said the landslip could not be seen but it was “behind the Tec Marina building and it is quite a significant slip”.
Cllr Roberts added that there had been “absolutely no tree-maintenance cutting there whatsoever” [PDN Note : A clearance operation has been undertaken elsewhere on the escarpment by the Vale of Glamorgan Council] . Cllr Roberts said what the incident did show was that the tree cutting on the other part of the escarpment which had been done on expert recommendation had been “absolutely necessary” .
He emphasised that this landslip was not related to the tree-cutting carried out elsewhere on the escarpment which had been undertaken to reduce the likelihood of a landslip. The landslip site was, he said “completely covered by trees – it’s quite a large slip.”
[PDN Note :After the landslide Crest Nicholson issued a statement saying “We are aware that there has been a land slide on Vale of Glamorgan Council owned and managed land, adjacent to our Penarth Heights development. However, no properties or residents at Penarth Heights have been directly affected by this incident. Crest Nicholson would also like to clarify that no request for the removal of trees in this particular area has been made.”]
On the Penarth Heights signage, the planning committee decided to support the application, but with an emphasis on the time limit. The final decision will be made by the Vale of Glamorgan planning officers.