A Penarth nursery nurse and grandmother Mrs Joy Atkinson who was threatened with being made homeless by the Vale of Glamorgan Council has now been awarded planning permission which will enable her to remain in her own home.
Mrs Atkinson has now been finally been awarded planning permission which will enable her to adapt her “artist’s studio” home at 34A Plassey St and turn it into an approved dwelling.
If this – her second planning application – had not been approved, she would have had to comply with a Vale of Glamorgan Council Enforcement Order requiring her to leave the premises within six months.
Penarth Town Council – having supported her original “change of use” application has already recommended refusal of her second application. Now however, Vale planning officers have overruled Penarth councillors and yesterday formally issued planning permission to Mrs Atkinson.
The Vale of Glamorgan Council had refused the original application because it did not provide for “amenity space” – a courtyard or garden – which Mrs Atkinson says she does not need or want . That decision had been supported by the Planning Inspectorate when the matter went to formal appeal.
Mrs Atkinson then submitted a second planning application which will involve the demolition of the rear of the building in order to create the unwanted space which the council insists that she must have.
The latest decision means that Mrs Atkinson can now remain in her own home – subject to conditions imposed by the council and the completion of the necessary demolition work
PDN had first highlighted Mrs Atkinson’s plight in September last year when neighbours rallied around and signed a petition supporting her case.