PERMISSION SOUGHT TO DEMOLISH HOUSE ALREADY RAZED TO THE GROUND

An application has now been made to demolish a house which has already been flattened.

An application has now been made to demolish the – already-flattened – Clinton Road house.

It may be a bit late now,  but the Vale of Glamorgan Planning Department is being asked for formal planning permission to demolish  a £1,000,000 house in Clinton Road, Penarth which partially collapsed in June and was totally razed to the ground in July.

Most of No 14 Clinton Road,  Penarth – a classic 1920s detached home – collapsed during extensive renovation work on June 16th – which involved excavating a large basement-extension

The rear of the house had collapsed during excavation work - bringing down - half its roof, the rear walls and west wing

The rear of the house had collapsed during excavation work – bringing down  half its roof, the rear walls and west wing. The front walls remained standing.

After the collapse, the frontage of  the 1920s building remained standing – but four weeks later the front walls were deliberately knocked down – leaving a lot of rubble and an open – vacant plot where the original house had once stood.

The owner, Dr Sid Gautum, said his 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. He has now lodged a new planning application which seeks permission for the  “Demolition of existing single dwelling due to partial collapse to be replaced with a new single dwelling”.

The front of No14 Clinton Rd before building work began

The original front of the 1920s vintage detached house,  No 14 Clinton Rd, when it was still intact

The plan to re-develop the property had been controversial with local residents  claiming it would , in effect, convert 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 Party majority on the Vale of Glamorgan Council’s planning committee who disregarded the opposition from local residents living in the immediate neighbourhood.

During excavation work some of the key load-bearing parts of the structure appeared to have been supported only by pieces of timber.

Cllr Clive Williams (Conservative Plymouth Ward) is a member of the Vale of Glamorgan planning committee

Cllr Clive Williams (Conservative Plymouth Ward) is a member of the Vale of Glamorgan planning committee

Commenting on this new planning application – which seeks retrospective permission to knock down a building which has already been demolished –   Cllr Clive Williams (Conservative Plymouth Ward)  said “Are we all crazy, and has the world gone completely mad?.  How can anyone apply for planning permission to demolish a house which is already demolished – and the site cleared?”

Cllr Williams – who is the local ward councillor and also sits on the Vale of Glamorgan planning committee –  also posed the awkward question as to what might now happen should the Vale Council refuse the application.  Describing the turn of events as a “complete fiasco” Cllr Williams said  “I wonder why we have all these regulations in place if they can be abused in such a blatant manner?.

Cllr Williams is also now demanding to know what was the result of what he describes as “the ‘supposed’ Health and Safety investigation”  which was to have taken place.

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5 Responses to PERMISSION SOUGHT TO DEMOLISH HOUSE ALREADY RAZED TO THE GROUND

  1. Anonymous says:

    The owner certainly knows how to “play the game” and get what he wants. How he expects to ever be accepted by the local community is beyond me. 6 bedroom family home?? Yeah, right…😦

  2. Ron Foxton says:

    Agreed. Facade back as it was before it was pulled down without planning consent, brick by laborious brick… make a stand planners and earn your positions.

  3. CelticMan says:

    Put it back exactly as it was – no compromise!

  4. William Thomas-Howells says:

    The partial collapse meant that the tie ins to the back portion of the property would have been severely damaged. Demolition would be inevitable in this case. I have worked in construction for 30 years and in cases such as these it is safer and more efficient working from a clean site. I wish the homeowners well as a new build will be much easier to accomplish.

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