“EMPTYING” OF SOME PENARTH HEIGHTS HOMES CONSIDERED AFTER LANDSLIDE – COUNCIL TOLD

The landslip appears to have caused a fissure to open up on Vale of Glamorgan land on the edge of the Penarth Heights development

The landslip occurred on Vale of Glamorgan Council land on the uncleared slope above the Tec Marina building – and on the edge of the Penarth Heights development above

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

The stainless steel message "Welcome to Penath Heights" was installed several days ago - before  planning permission was granted.

The stainless steel message “Welcome to Penarth Heights” was installed several days ago – before planning permission was granted.

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)

Cllr Martin Turner (Conservative Plymouth Ward)

Cllr Martin Turner (COnservative Plymouth Ward) asked “ How temporary is temporary?” 

Cllr Neil Thomas (Labour Cornerswell)

Cllr Neil Thomas (Labour Cornerswell)

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)

Cllr Gwyn Roberts (Labour St Augustines)

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.

 

 

 

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7 Responses to “EMPTYING” OF SOME PENARTH HEIGHTS HOMES CONSIDERED AFTER LANDSLIDE – COUNCIL TOLD

  1. Ron Foxton says:

    WELCOME TO PENARTH SLIDES
    Where your ‘desirable’ cliff top abode may become an even more happening marine-side des res…

  2. snoggerdog says:

    from billybox to doxbox ?

  3. Fiona Whitfield says:

    Im o.k im in the social housing at the bottom!

  4. Colin says:

    Wall looks like collapsing onto Windsor road by the rail bridge up to blocked off gents w.c. Its bowing in places, and you can see yellow marking on it in spray……

  5. Tony says:

    I love a nice view so the top floor penthouse would suit me-out of my league but there is a lottery on Saturday!- but having read this it brings a whole new meaning to the term “moving house”-think I’ll stay put!

  6. Denise says:

    Strange isn’t it PTC always let Crest do whatever they want !!!

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