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
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 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.
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.