A million pound property being renovated and extended in Clinton Road Penarth collapsed this morning – resuting ina full call-out of the emergency services .
Two South Wales Fire and Rescue Service sniffer dogs had to be brought in to check there was no one trapped in the rubble after the main structure of the house failed just before 11:00 .
The owner is understood to be a cosmetic surgeon – Sid Gautum – who told Wales on Line that the project under way was to turn the dwelling into a six-bedroomed family home . A spokesman for South Wales Police said: “We attended to make sure the area was safe.”
The plan to develop the property had been controversial with opponents claiming it was converting the dwelling into a four-storey home. It was approved by Penarth Town Council and by the Vale of Glamorgan planners.
Number 14 Clinton Road was described as a hipped-roof, two storey detached house with a flat-roofed garage attached to the side. . A planning application has been made to demolish an existing rear two-storey annexe. In its place a two storey extension was being which would contain a kitchen on the ground floor and two en-suite bedrooms on the first floor. There would also be a flat-roofed dormer extension in the roof of the new extension to “allow for additional accommodation within the roof at second floor level, including two bedrooms, a bathroom and storage”.
There was also to be a single storey, flat-roofed conservatory with lantern roof light on the rear elevation of the proposed two storey extension and a single storey lean-to extension to the rear of the existing garage – plus an extension to the existing single storey mono-pitched roof annexe on the opposite side east elevation of the house which would accommodate an office, hall/stairway, boot room and store-room.
On top of that there was to have been a new basement level created which would accommodate a bedroom with en suite, gym, fitness studio, lobby and storage. Neighbours said that digging to create the basement may have been connected with today’s collapse