The prominent local architect Chris Loyn, who is president of the Penarth Civic Society (the body dedicated to preserving Penarth) has launched an appeal against the Vale of Glamorgan Council’s refusal to allow him to build a new two-storey detached house in Penarth’s Conservation Area.
The application (originally reported by PDN on December 18th 2015 http://tinyurl.com/zwo3j5x ) had been made in a personal capacity by Mr Loyn. Mr Loyn had sought permission to build the new house in the back-garden of his existing home at 21 Victoria Road.
The new home in the rear garden of No. 21 was to have fronted onto a back-alley which Mr Loyn named “Jack’s Lane” after his son.
Members of Penarth Town Council’s planning committee – most of whose members know Mr Loyn personally – had conducted a “site visit” to the location and supported the scheme subject to a condition that new house would “always be ancillary to the main house and that it cannot be sold off into separate dwellings”.
However Penarth Council’s recommendation was over-ridden by a Vale of Glamorgan Council planning officer who rejected the scheme because it “represents an unacceptable and inappropriate form of “back land” residential development that does not respect the established function of this rear lane location nor the prevailing pattern of surrounding development and therefore would not serve to preserve or enhance the character of this part of the conservation area.” Permission to demolish existing buildings in the back garden was also refused.
When the Vale’s decision had been was notified to Penarth Council’s planning committee last month Cllr Neil Thomas (Labour Cornerswell) said that in the Vale’s written comments there was reference to an intention to “flog-off” the existing main house – 21 Victoria Road.
That meant the plan was contrary to the condition which Penarth Council’s planning committee had recommended be applied – i.e. that the proposed new house should be “ancillary to Number 21 Victoria Road ” .
Now the matter will be going to a formal appeal to be considered by the UK Planning Inspectorate.