COUNCILLORS BACK WALES SOCCER-STAR JOE LEDLEY’S “COUNTY TREASURE” PLAN

The stunning art-deco design of Sea Roads can't easily be seen from Cliff Parade as the house is set low on a sloping site.

The stunning art-deco design of Sea Roads can’t easily be seen from Cliff Parade as the house is set low on a site which slopes down from road-level .

Penarth Town Council’s planning committee has been considering an application –  by Wales and Crystal Palace soccer star Joe Ledley and Ms. Ruby Ridgeway – for alterations to their home at Cliff Parade, Penarth.

The detached house – called “Sea Roads” –  is a rare example of a Grade II Listed art-deco design which was originally built in 1939.

The art-deco house "Sea Roads" on Marine Parade Penarth is listed as a County Treasure

The art-deco house “Sea Roads” on Marine Parade Penarth is listed as a “County Treasure”

The planning application is for internal alterations to the existing house, including the demolition of an  existing high-level garage, and the construction of new single and two-storey extensions and a detached garage block.

It’s also proposed that there should be new vehicle and pedestrian access openings through the existing brick boundary wall emerging onto Cliff Parade and the plans also propose the construction of new driveway. The current plans have evolved after  extensive discussions with the Vale of Glamorgan Council’s planning department .

The original windows of the house are to be repaired and retained

The original windows of the house are to be repaired and retained

The application states that is intended to retain and repair the existing steel windows of the house, repair the reinforced concrete porch canopies,  wall render, cast iron rainwater goods, and roof covering –  and have “expressed their wish to work carefully with the Conservation Department of the Vale Council when undertaking these works”.

The original curving stairway of the house is to be retained

The original curving stairway of the house is to be retained

The original internal wall light fittings, wood strip floor finishes, and all details associated with the main curving stairway would all be retained and repaired.

Cllr Martin Turner (Conservative Plymouth Ward)

Cllr Martin Turner (Conservative Plymouth Ward)

When the application was considered by members of the Penarth Town Council planning committee, Cllr Martin Turner (Conservative Plymouth Ward) said the advice given by the Vale of Glamorgan planning department seemed to suggest that the Vale Council supported the application.   Cllr Turner said “I can’t really see anything wrong with what’s going on” .

Cllr Clive Williams (Conservative Plymouth Ward)

Cllr Clive Williams (Conservative Plymouth Ward)

Cllr Clive Williams – who also represents the same ward – said he thought the house had originally been built by the Gibbs family. He had never understood why it had been designed with what he called “a ridiculous slope to get to the house”  but he had been told it had built low down because of the winds.

Cllr Williams said “It’s a beautiful house in a lovely position and I’m pleased that someone has the amount of money to develop it”

Cllr Mark Wilson (Labour Stanwell)

Cllr Mark Wilson (Labour Stanwell)

Cllr Mark Wilson (Labour Stanwell) said “I too think the plans are very good and they enhance the property even further” . He supported Cllr Williams’s comments and said the house was once of Penarth’s “treasures”. It was – he pointed out – a listed building and he fully supported what the applicant was proposing to do.

Cllr Anthony Ernest (Conservative Plymouth Ward)

Cllr Anthony Ernest (Conservative Plymouth Ward)

Cllr Anthony Ernest (Conservative Plymouth Ward) agreed – it was one of a pair of 1930s “maritime-designed” houses in the area , the other being in Forrest Road.

He noted that the existing drive was difficult as most cars were much wider now than they once were.  He hoped that the new entrance emerging onto Cliff Parade could be developed properly with the appropriate finishes  but did not think there was a problem with the application.

Cllr Neil Thomas (Labour Cornerswell)

Cllr Neil Thomas (Labour Cornerswell)

Cllr Neil Thomas (chairman) mused that the new entrance and drive would be able to cope with a Ferrari. Cllr Williams added – “possibly even two – side by side”.

Summing up Cllr Thomas said the committee recommended approval of the application but would remind the Vale Council of the status of the building as a “County Treasure”  and – as suggested by Cllr Roberts –  that “it would reflect and enhance” its surroundings.

The final decision will be made by the Vale of Glamorgan Council.

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13 Responses to COUNCILLORS BACK WALES SOCCER-STAR JOE LEDLEY’S “COUNTY TREASURE” PLAN

  1. AK says:

    A great example of how to treat one of the town’s historic houses sympathetically.

    For an example of how not to do it, just look round the corner at the former Raisdale Hotel, with its glass shoebox carbuncle one the side.

    • Jane Foster says:

      Absolutely agree. This is a beautiful property and the plans are obviously designed to enhance the home while retaining its unique character.

      Talking of glass shoebox carbuncles, have you seen the monstrosity at the start of Paget Place? Truly hideous and totally out of keeping with all the other lovely houses in that street.

      • Mgg says:

        Pembroke terrace

      • Jane Foster says:

        Mgg – I hadn’t seen that one until I looked it up after you mentioned it. How on earth did these things get built in conservation areas?

  2. Anne says:

    These Cllrs would remind the Vale Council of the status of the building as a “County Treasure” and – that knocking bits down and building a large extension, huge garage as well as knocking down a chunk of wall for a fleet of cars would – as suggested by Cllr Roberts“it would reflect and enhance” its surroundings!

  3. Mgg says:

    Anne this must be your explanation of the secretive momentum group then ?

  4. Ivor Bagman says:

    How dare you hypocrites
    Talk about aesthetics
    When you allowed
    The church school to be
    Demolished !

  5. Alan Harper says:

    Lots of fawning on this one…is it because he’s a Wales footballer? The property is listed so the new owners (and architects) can’t exactly do what they want…and in my view there should be no new extensions to the property.

    • Jane Foster says:

      I have no idea who the guy is (other than what I have read here, of course) but what I see is a lovely home with plans to bring it more in keeping with 21st century life while taking great care not to affect its overall character – most unlike the other examples mentioned – and I applaud such a sensitive modification of an important part of Penarth’s built heritage. If this can be considered “fawning” then this is a new definition of the word of which I was previously unaware.

      • Alan Harper says:

        Why do you “applaud” modification to a Grade 2 listed building? ‘Sea Roads’ is an outstanding example of art deco architecture – probably one of the finest in South Wales (it could be easily used as a Poirot location) and there are very few of these wonderful 1920s/30s properties left in the UK, so it should be preserved as it was originally built. I’m not exactly sure what needs enhancing. Of course, if essential repairs are needed on listed buildings then work has to be permitted to prevent damage/deterioration but I’m not in favour of adding extensions etc

      • Jane Foster says:

        I applaud it because although the building is architecturally important it is also someone’s home, and that particular someone is taking steps to retain as much of the character and general feel of the building as possible. There is a difference between sympathetic home improvement which appears to be happening here and unsympathetic home alterations of the kind listed in the other examples above.

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