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