A revised plan to build a large luxury modern home for opera-star Rebecca Evans and her husband in Park Road – within the Penarth Conservation Area – has run into opposition from the Vale of Glamorgan Council’s Conservation Officer.
Two existing houses on the Eastern side of Park Road have already have been demolished to create the site-space for the new modern – low profile – detached home.
The original plan was for a flat-roofed structure which, if built on the sloping site, would have preserved the open view towards the sea for those in neighbouring homes across the road – but this design did not find favour with Vale Council planners .
What they called the “unashamedly contemporary nature” of the design “utilising a box form with flat roofs “ was seen as being out of keeping with the Conservation Area – which has homes with traditional pitched roofs.
The architects literally went back to the drawing board and came up with a different design – this time substituting the flat-roof design with pitched roofs in what the Vale of Glamorgan’s Conservation officer Peter Thomas calls ” an attempt to create a more traditional form of development” . But for Mr Thomas, the proposed pitched roofs weren’t acceptable either
He says the proposed “shallow pitched, hipped roofs” are “not considered to preserve or enhance the character of the conservation area”. [ A”hipped” roof is one which has four angled planes rather than two ]
Mr Thomas also has concerns about the “mass of the proposed building” – but then notes that if the pitch of the roofs was increased to match the angle of other nearby properties the “mass” of the house would “increase commensurately” .
Mr Thomas – who has said “I do not offer my support to the application” also says he thinks the new house – rather than using “a significant amount of brick” should also incorporate Liassic limestone, ashlar or render.
The Vale Planning Officer has now told Rebecca Evans’s architects that the current application is ” not supported”.