A planning application for a further extension to one of the largest houses in Penarth – which had been refused by the Vale of Glamorgan Council – has been allowed by Planning Inspectorate – overturning the Vale Council decision.
The house is No 80 Victoria Road – a prominent detached house sited opposite Stanwell School playing fields.
In November last year planning permission was granted for a “two storey extension and modifications to all elevations”. Major renovation works have now been under way for some time at the property – which can’t be seen from the road because of the temporary plastic sheet screening it from view .
Last month however a further planning application was made to install a “First floor bedroom extension above existing garage” (as per the illustration above) . It is this planning application which the council had refused – but which the Planning Inspectorate has now permitted.
In refusing the application the Vale Council had asserted that “The proposed extension by reason of its scale and siting, on the primary elevation represents an unsympathetic addition to the existing dwelling house that would result in visual harm to the character of the wider street scene and the host dwelling.”
The Vale Council also declared that “By reason of its size, siting and proximity to neighbouring properties, it is considered that the proposal represents an overbearing and insensitively sited form of development, which would unacceptably impact upon the residential amenities of the neighbouring occupiers with particular reference to number 82 Victoria Road. “
The Planning Inspector has disagreed. He says he considers that the proposed extension will have an “acceptable presence” and “would not harm the street scene’s character or appearance.”
The ruling also knocked-back claims that the extension would cause “loss of light ” to the neighbouring house No 82 Victoria Road and that it would be “overbearing and insensitively sited in relation to No 82” .
The Planning Inspector pointed out that the majority of the extension would be alongside the garage and covered parking bay belonging to No 82 and that, whilst windows in the
forward part of the side elevation of No 82 would face the rear part of the extension’s side elevation, there would be little or no loss of light and no loss of privacy.
The inspector said he was also of the view that “the proposal pays regard to the context
of the local built environment and satisfactorily complements the local character of buildings and open spaces.”
When the plastic sheeting is eventually removed local residents will be able to assess whether the Planning Inspector is right .