A planning application for “change of use” has been lodged proposing to convert the first and second floors of the former Royal British Legion building in Station Approach, Penarth into offices .
The application has been made by the Cardiff firm WYG Planning and Environment which is based at Newport Road, Cardiff on behalf of ABA Holdings Ltd of Avon House, Stanwell Road, Penarth.
The company has applied for a “change of use” for the first and second floors of the building from its current “sui generis“ [i.e. not like anything else] status to Office B1 status.
ABA Holdings is run by directors Simon Baston and Joanna Baston and has been in operation for over 17 years. Mr Baston’s other company XY Holdings carried out the well-regarded conversion of the Albert Road Methodist Church. Estate agent David Baker says the purchase of the building by ABA is subject to contract.
There had been previous interest in the property by another potential purchaser for possible conversion into four residential flats but this had not been proceeded with because of a council requirement that one of the flats had to be for “social housing”.
The planning application appears not to apply to ground floor of the British Legion building where the well-established off-licence “The Bottle Shop” has a popular retail outlet.
The building – a former Masonic Temple, had been bought from the Earl of Plymouth Estates over 80 years ago by the Royal British Legion Club (Penarth) Ltd – a limited company which is entirely separate from the Royal British Legion Charity and the local British Legion Branch. On joining the club, members were each issued with a share in the British Legion Club Ltd and therefore are the owners of the company – and the building – until the sale is completed.