“AS YOU WERE”: ORIGINAL FRONTAGE OF MONKTON HOUSE IS RESTORED

The front of  the Edwardian villa Monkton House is being restored to its original appearance - minus front dormer

The front of the Edwardian villa Monkton House is being restored to its original appearance

The Vale of Glamorgan Council has now approved an amended scheme for the redevelopment of Monkton House – a prominent stone-built Edwardian villa which stands at the junction of Marine Parade and Holmesdale Place, Penarth

There was controversy after unauthorised re-development work was carried out late last year on the £945,000 property  – which stands within the Penarth Conservation Area .

A new front dormer window on Monkton House was criticised by councillors and is now being removed

A new front dormer window on Monkton House was criticised by councillors and is now being removed

Neighbours had complained about the building works which included  the installation of large dormer windows at the front and rear.

The owner of Monkton House, is  Steve Simpson , who is also involved the redevelopment of the Gardenhurst” mansion across the road and  is also a director of The Edinburgh Woollen Mill Ltd – a company controlled by multi-millionaire Philip Day which owns a number of properties in the vicinity including the Holm House Hotel.

The controversial new rear dormer of Monkton House - which councillors said was overbearing - is now being reduced in size

The controversial new rear dormer of Monkton House – which councillors said was overbearing – is now being reduced in size

Cllr Clive Williams (Conservative Plymouth Ward)

Cllr Clive Williams (Conservative Plymouth Ward)

Cllr Clive Williams (Conservative Plymouth Ward) who is a member of the Vale of Glamorgan planning committee and of Penarth Town Council had dealt with several complaints from neighhours

He worked with owner and with Vale Planning Officers to negotiate an amended scheme which has now received formal council approval and has avoided the need for any legal enforcement action by the council .

The unauthorised scheme - now being dismantled

The original unauthorised scheme with front dormer was built but is now being dismantled

The front of Monkton House is restored to its original appearance in the new plans (front and side shown)

The front of Monkton House is restored to its original appearance in the new plans

The compromise solution involves removing the newly-built front dormer window overlooking Marine Parade (restoring the frontage to its original appearance) and reducing the size of the already-built new rear dormer. The number of roof lights installed is also being reduced.

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7 Responses to “AS YOU WERE”: ORIGINAL FRONTAGE OF MONKTON HOUSE IS RESTORED

  1. Freddie says:

    When I convert my house, I’m going to do two unauthorised dormers and then cut a deal to keep the one, citing this as a precedent. Why bother with the law?

  2. In-The-Know says:

    And they won’t let Mrs Joy Atkinson in her house! It’s obviously a matter of who you know and what deals you can forge. Disgusting!

    • Ivor Bagman says:

      I agree with you !
      I knew a man who lived
      In a steel container
      In someone’s back yard –
      Nothing said .

      • also-in-the-know says:

        Where? Maybe you need to notify the council instead of whining about it.

  3. Andy says:

    Why is “Cllr Clive Williams (Conservative Plymouth Ward) who is a member of the Vale of Glamorgan planning committee and of Penarth Town Council” helping to negotiate a deal, was he paid? Is this ethical?

  4. also-in-the-know says:

    I was lead to believe Mrs Joy Atkinson appealed to Welsh Government twice and lost both times…i’ll be glad to see these dormers removed, an eyesore!

  5. Fishhenge says:

    There’s far worse crimes taking place just down the hill.

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