The Vale of Glamorgan Council’s planning committee has approved a controversial plan to build a new house in a back-garden plot at Stanton Way – off Whitcliffe Drive, Penarth
The architect and owner Mr John Rosser was on hand to meet the Mayor of the Vale of Glamorgan Cllr Fred Johnson who is chairman of the planning committee and other members and officials at the site this morning when the planning committee carried out a formal site inspection prior to considering the application at tonight’s meeting .
The site is in what was the back garden of 11 Whitcliffe Drive – a property which has recently undergone considerable redevelopment. Part of the rear garden of the original property has been fenced off to create a plot for the proposed new house .
A model of what the proposed development would look like when completed was provided for committee members to examine in the rear boot of a car at the development site.
The planning application had attracted representations from some neighbours living nearby who were concerned that the new house would “overshadow” their properties. .
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”. However the Vale of Glamorgan planning officers had set aside the objections of Penarth Council and recommended that the application should be approved.
As a result Cllr Clive Williams (Conservative Plymouth Ward) had “called-in” the application for consideration by the full planning committee – rather than allowing it to be determined by Vale planning officers (which it normally would have been).
Tonight committee heard objections from a local resident of nearby Knowbry complaining about the height of the proposed roofline of the new development and the effect it would have on adjacent properties.
The Vale Council’s Operational Manager Development & Building Control Marcus Goldsworthy told the committee however that planning decisions were always what he called “a balancing act”.
The planning committee however was also reminded that in May 2013 the site had been previously approved for the erection of a new house and that the planning officers had taken the “overshadowing” issues into consideration in reaching their recommendation to approve the scheme.
Cllr Clive Williams told the planning committee that the local residents who objected to the scheme considered that the orientation and design of the proposed new house would affect their properties.
Cllr Williams said he regretted that potential neighbours “could not have addressed their difference at a previous stage to avoid the obvious ill feeling this planning application has created”.
He moved that the planning committee should refuse the application on the grounds that Stanton Way is “all bungalows” and pointed out that the original planning consent for the site had also been for a bungalow. The new application – for a two-storey house – “changed the orientation” and presented what he called “a much less-acceptable side elevation” which would overshadow adjoining gardens.
Cllr Williams’s motion to reject the application was supported by three other councillors Cllr Jon Bird (Conservative) and two members of Plaid Cymru – but was voted down by the Labour majority on the planning committee which approved the scheme.
The house will now be built