The Vale of Glamorgan Council planners are recommending the approval of a controversial scheme to build a new two-storey house in the back-garden of an existing house in Penarth’s exclusive Whitcliffe Drive – despite objections raised by Penarth Town Council and objections from neighbours
The site is in what was the rear garden of an existing (and extensively re-developed) corner property – No. 11 Whitcliffe Drive. The new house would face out onto Stanton Way.
The Vale planning office report says the “the design and appearance of the house is considered suitable for the suburban surroundings…Overall, the design, scale and form of the dwelling proposed is considered acceptable within this context”.
Penarth Town Council’s planning committee had objected to the development as it was considered to be ” an incongruous form of overdevelopment of a restricted site”.
Cllr Clive Williams (Conservative Plymouth Ward) – who is a planning committee member on both Penarth Council and the Vale of Glamorgan Council – “called in” the proposal for discussion by the full Vale Planning Committee because of objections he had received from local residents . That discussion will take place this week.
The Vale planners say the proposed house would be considered an “infill development” and concede that “There are neighbouring properties to the boundaries of the site with potential for neighbour impact.”
Local people said the proposed height of the roof would have a “detrimental impact to neighbour amenities” – but the Vale planners argued that neighbouring properties are at least 20 metres away – and claim that the new house “should not have a significant overbearing impact on these neighbours”.
The Vale planners admit that “overshadowing” is an issue and that “at certain
times of the day (early -mid morning) there would be some overshadowing impact
to the neighbouring gardens at Knowbury Avenue” – but claim the impact will be “limited” .
The officers’ report is to be considered when the Vale of Glamorgan Council’s planning committee meets on March 3rd.