The former Royal British Legion Club in Penarth

The former Royal British Legion Club in Penarth

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 walls of the Legion Room once bore the insignia of scores of military units .

The walls of the Legion Room on the first floor once bore the insignia of scores of military units .

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 is the traditional assembly point for the  British Legion's annual Remembrance Day procession

The building is the traditional assembly point for the British Legion’s annual Remembrance Day procession

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.

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  1. Robert Donaldson says:

    Is the building sold? How much was it sold for? Is the money in the bank? David Baker & co & the solicitors on both sides are handling this! Last years president/chairman are now out of office.Any more news much appreciated.

    • newsnet says:

      It isn’t necessary to own a building in order to make a planning application for it. The story has now been further updated

  2. Andrew sarchus says:

    It was bought far more recently than that from the EOP, in the 1980’s I’m told and remains with restrictive covenants. The VOG has held up development of this with a ridiculous demand its part social housing. Its one building. Not three acres of brown field.

  3. sjleworthy says:

    The coucil’s requirement of social housing is killing so many applications.

    • hopenotnasty says:

      Forgive me for reminding everyone that their is a housing crisis in this country and a great shortage of affordable housing for young families.

      • sjleworthy says:

        You are forgiven, but to mix luxury/private and social together is not the answer i fear.

        Many developers will not participate in this quest, meaning more than just social housing isnt built. It can sometimes be a case of mixing chalk and cheese. The answer lies elsewhere. In this case the housing/flats will literally be a party wall appart. Try selling that.

      • Bobby says:

        Part of the reason that there is a shortage of affordable housing is because there is also a shortage of housing further up the property ladder. So for every “non-affordable” house built an existing affordable one at the start of the chain is realised to the market, well that’s the theory anyway. But it seems that the Vale do not understand this so insist that every new development has to have a percentage of affordable properties, which may be achievable on a large housing development but should not be imposed on a redevelopment of only 4 flats.

  4. Ivor Bagman says:

    How about this for an idea ?
    If any one wants to develop
    A large garden
    They put an extra house for
    The impecunious.

  5. Richard says:

    I wondered how long it would be before ‘the desperate need for social housing’ was mentioned.

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