The Waverley Care Centre – at the junction of Raisdale Road and Plymouth Road, Penarth – is undergoing an enforcement investigation by the planning department of the Vale of Glamorgan Council.
The care centre caters for 129 residents – but is aiming to increase the amount of single-bedroom accommodation available by building a new ground-floor reception area on Plymouth Road which will have a new first floor level above it with additional bedrooms.
The development is to provide 9 new bedrooms above the reception area – all of which will have en-suite facilities. The developers said the scheme was necessary to “meet the change in criteria of the Care and Social Services Inspectorate Wales whereby the number of sharing bedrooms are being reduced in number at all Care Homes in Wales. Therefore additional new single bedrooms are required to retain the existing patient occupancy
of Waverley Care Centre.”
Planning permission for the development was agreed by the Vale of Glamorgan Council’s planning department last year on a “delegated” basis (i.e. although there were consultations with neighbours and Penarth Town Council , the application it was decided by Vale officers and was not discussed by the full Vale planning committee) .
The planning permission laid down certain conditions – including a stipulation that the development shall be carried out in accordance with the approved plans and that construction materials should be approved before use.
The enforcement investigation is to establish whether the development is in breach of the planning permission by allegedly not complying with one or other of the conditions imposed by the council .It is not clear from the council’s enforcement investigation summary exactly what alleged infringement has been allegedly committed.
The Waverley received an excellent report from the Care and Social Services Inspectorate Wales in April this year for the high standard of the care it provides for its residents.