An enforcemnt investigation into alleged "unasuthorised demolition" at 2 Stanwell Road, Penarth is now under way

An enforcement investigation into alleged “unauthorised demolition” at 2 Stanwell Road, Penarth is now under way. The site is at the junction of Rectory Road and Stanwell Road near Penarth Library

There’s yet more trouble at No 2 Stanwell Road , Penarth – the large property immediately next door to the home of the South Wales Police and Crime Commissioner Alun Michael

The Vale of Glamorgan Council has now issued an Enforcement Notice as part of the process of investigation of the alleged “unauthorised demolition” of  part of the building – which stands on the opposite side of Rectory Road to Penarth Public Library.

No2 Stanwell Road as it looked in July 2015

No 2 Stanwell Road as it looked in July 2015

No 2 Stanwell Road used to be the offices of the Vale Of Glamorgan Community Health Council but has been vacant for years and the subject to numerous  planning applications for conversion into flats.

Police have also been called to the building on various occasions – including last Sunday – following reports of intruders on the premises . A third of the building has now been reduced to a pile of rubble.

There has been a catalogue of problems at the site  over recent years: –

A police helicopter trains its searchlight onto 2 Stanwell Road reprocessed from original

A police helicopter trains its searchlight onto 2 Stanwell Road in 2013

On February 25th 2013 a police helicopter was called into hover over the building to spotlight three burglars who were reported to be attempting to  smash their way in using scaffolding poles.

The bungalow site at the rear of 2 and 4 Stanwell Road

The bungalow site at the rear of 2 and 4 Stanwell Road

On September 4 2014 the Vale of Glamorgan Council’s planning committee approved   a revised planning application to turn 2 Stanwell Road into 5 luxury apartments and build a new dormer bungalow on an existing car park behind Number 2 and Number 4.

The council noted that “the occupiers of the neighbouring property at No. 4 Stanwell Road [Alun Michael and his family] “ have raised a number of concerns over the proposal, including the adverse impact on their outlook and privacy.”

In October 2014 the Vale Council approved the new two-storey bungalow for the rear car park (behind no 2 and No 4 Stanwell Road) despite objections from Penarth Town Council and six local residents and dismissed the Police Commissioner’s “loss of privacy” claims.

In January 2015 Penarth Town Council supported (on a delegated basis) a new planning application  for Number 2 Stanwell Road  submitted by Windsor Court Investments Ltd which proposed creating 9 apartments in the development rather than the 5 previously agreed.

In February 2015 the Vale of Glamorgan Council refused the Windsor Court Investments planning application– and, in doing so,  over-rode the recommendation of Penarth Town Council.

The new development is for seven apartments and a town house

The new development is for seven apartments and a town house

In  July  2015  Another new planning application was made – this time by S C Design and Build (Silver  Crescent Developments) proposing the creation of  8 self-contained residential apartments with on-site parking. The Vale Council  gave permission for the development of 7 apartments on the site and a four-bedroom “town house”.

In August 10, 2015 the plan to build the new bungalow in the rear car park  was approved by the Vale of Glamorgan Council

Penarth's fire engine was called to 2 Stanwell Road in September 2015

Penarth’s fire engine was called to 2 Stanwell Road in September 2015

On September 28, 2015 Penarth Fire Brigade was called to 2 Stanwell Road as “smoke” appeared to be pouring from the building . The “smoke”  turned out to be clouds of dust being created as the internal ceilings of the building were being stripped out.

By April 2016 2 Stanwell Road was gradually being torn apart by thieves – acting with apparent impunity despite the South Wales Police Commissioner living next door . Roofing-lead, plumbing fixtures and other valuable material were stolen .

On May 8th 2016 police were called again to  No 2 Stanwell Road Penarth as a “precautionary response” after reports that an intruder might have  entered the premises.

Now it seems that the demolition which has taken place on the site  – which is within the Penarth Conservation Area –  may not have been authorised.



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  1. Cathy says:

    Well that was inevitable wasn’t it – typical of Penarth wreckers

  2. Andrew sarchus says:

    FYI. Windsor Court Investments Ltd was founded on 08 Nov 2011 and has its registered office in Cardiff. The organisation’s status is listed as “Active” and it currently has 3 directors. The company’s first directors were Mr Kashif Ahmed, Mr Aural Josiah, Mr Jeffrey Stuart Hawkins. Windsor Court Investments Ltd does not have any subsidiaries.

  3. Big Davey says:

    Typical, criminal activity again on Alun Michael’s door step.

    He is a laughing stock or a laughing PCC.

  4. Cynic says:

    How does it make him a laughing stock?!

    • Big Davey says:

      Because he is in charge of the biggest Police Force in Wales and cannot sort out a bit of petty crime on his door step and that is after raising the precept EVERY year since he has been in power by the MAXIMUM % age allowed and would no doubt put it up further if he could to pay for hi EIGHTEEN staff that could pay for plenty more policemen or top up the police pension fund.


      • Cynic says:

        He doesnt sit at home all day waiting for intruders to break into the next door property 9although I’m sure you would have something to say about that aswell) I agree his post is a waste of money but to suggest he’s a laughing stock because someone tried to break into this property is a little silly

      • Big Davey says:

        Perhaps he should sit at home all day and give us rate payers a break.

  5. Penileaks says:

    It was a sad flat roofed extension that no one in their right mind would want to ‘conserve’.
    They obviously should have obtained the correct permissions before demolition, but good riddance I say !!

  6. Dizzydeb says:

    Why does it take so long to get anything authorised? These apartments should have been built long ago they are now a real eyesore.

    • beamo says:

      Just checked the planning register, applications have been granted…looks like the developers are sitting on the site

  7. Andrew sarchus says:

    Yes Big D you have a point or two.

  8. Ivor Bagman says:

    Did you notice my comment
    A few weeks ago ?
    The police have not
    Contacted me .

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