The Vale of Glamorgan Council’s planning department has now launched an Enforcement Contravention investigation into the redevelopment of Monkton House – a large semi-detached Edwardian dwelling at the junction of Holmesdale Place and Marine Parade, within the Penarth Conservation Area.
The enforcement notification alleges the latest adaptations to the house have not been built “in accordance” [with planning permission] and an attached condition “is not discharged”.
It’s understood that the owner, Mr Steve Simpson, had originally bought the property without a preliminary survey but then found it needed considerable work. Redevelopment work was originally started on the property on November 11th 2015 to install large front and rear dormer windows – but without planning permission having been obtained.
A month after work had begun, a retrospective planning application was submitted to the Vale of Glamorgan Council by Mr Simpson in association with John Wotton Architects – both of whom are also involved in the development of the Gardenhurst property across the way.
However the retrospective planning application was not well received by Penarth Town Council’s planning committee . It concluded that the application should be refused “as dormers as constructed are too large and visually intrusive detrimental to the appearance of the dwelling in this conservation area at a prominent highway intersection”
Five local residents objected to the developments and, in particular, to the size of the new dormer windows.
As a result amended plans were submitted to the Vale Council on 25th February 2016 – omitting the [then already built] front dormer, reducing the size of the [already built] rear dormer, reducing the size and number of rooflights – and putting a new rooflight in the front roof plane.
The new plans were approved in March this year – subject to a number of conditions which had to be complied with -including a requirement that the rooflights could not be capable of being opened upwards – to project above the roofline .
An Enforcement Contravention investigation of the property will now take place .