The remaining frontage of No 14 Clinton Road, Penarth – the classic 1920s house which collapsed during extensive renovation work on June 16th – was finally reduced to rubble today.
The rear of the building had collapsed four weeks ago whilst excavations were under way to create a large basement and rear extension.
The owner, cosmetic surgeon Sid Gautum, said the plan had been to turn the 1920s-vintage dwelling into a six-bedroomed family home with a new basement level featuring a bedroom with en suite, gym, fitness studio, lobby and storage.
The plan to re-develop the property had been controversial with local residents claiming it was, in effect, converting the existing dwelling into a “four-storey” house.
The plans had been recommended for approval by Penarth Town Council and were voted through by the Labour majority on the Vale of Glamorgan Council’s planning committee in the teeth of opposition from people living in the immediate neighbourhood.
After last month’s collapse, surveyors were called in to make the structure safe but demolition crews said the frontage was perfectly sound enough to be built onto and the appearance of the original house could be preserved . Now that option has been lost.
On June 15th the Vale of Glamorgan Council issued a self-congratulatory press release claiming it had been praised by the Health and Safety Executive for the actions it took over the collapse . However the Health and Safety Executive said it had not been anticipated that their comment – made in a letter to the Vale of Glamorgan Council – would “end up in a council press release”.