The famous opera singer Rebecca Evans and her husband Stephen Jones have received formal permission from the Vale of Glamorgan council’s planning committee to go ahead and build the latest version of their proposed new home “Overway” at 12 Park Road, Penarth.
Members of the Vale of Glamorgan planning committee attended a “site visit” at Park Road yesterday morning at which Ms Evans and her husband were present prior to discussing the application in a full planning committee meeting last night
Penarth Town Council had already recommended approval of the scheme – which is the third plan for the new house to be submitted by Ms Evans and her husband.
The site of the house is on a plot within the Penarth Conservation Area where an older 1950s-vintage house called “Overway” (now demolished) once stood.
The first scheme (Mark I) had been for a large modern flat-roofed home structure which, if built on the sloping site, would have preserved the open view towards the sea for those in neighbouring homes across the road . This had been passed and approved by the Vale of Glamorgan Council.
An alternative proposal (Mark II) for a large but more traditionally-styled home with pitched roofs was then submitted – but this was not supported by the Vale Council’s Conservation Officer.
A new plan for two-storey Mark III house – a revised and smaller version the Mark II house, eliminating hipped roofs – was then developed in consultation with the Vale of Glamorgan planning department.
Vale Council planning officers recommended that the committee approve this design and it is this scheme which received the approval of councillors in last night’s meeting of the planning committee.