A revised planning application has now been submitted for “Gardenhurst” – the classic mansion on the corner of Holmesdale Place and Park Road in the architecturally sensitive Penarth Conservation Area.
The new plans propose – (as before) to convert the existing Gardenhurst mansion into 5 new apartments and build 4 new three-storey town-houses within the Gardenhurst grounds . The overall appearance of the mansion would remain largely unchanged.
The appearance of the proposed town houses has now been modified following initial objections from Penarth Town Council .
The planning application says the 4 new town houses are to be “set back on the site in order to replicate the existing pattern or “grain” of the area.” . It adds “The character of the Conservation Area is to be further enhance with selective arboricultural works and the reinstatement of the stone boundary wall and railings, to match good examples of similar treatments nearby in the Conservation Area. “
When the original planning application to redevelop the site of “Gardenhurst” had come before Penarth Town Council in November last year , members of the planning committee carried out a “site visit” to inspect the mansion and its grounds which are almost entirely masked by trees and bushes.
The Penarth Town Council planning committee meeting of November 26th 2015 – which followed the site visit – was attended by three local residents who objected to the scheme (Full report on PDN http://tinyurl.com/jpmr5t6 ) .
The planning committee then voted to recommend that the Vale of Glamorgan Council (the ultimate decision-maker) should reject the scheme – largely on the grounds that the appearance of the proposed new town houses was out of character with the area .
The developers however then withdrew the scheme and have now submitted new one as per illustrations above with a modified treatment for the exterior walls of the town houses.
The design has been carried out by local firm John Wotton Architects whose sympathetic re-development of the Beachcliff development on Penarth Esplanade has been widely praised.
Gardenhurst was the home of the Pegler family who ran a chain of grocery stores – throughout South Wales . The house is said to have been given by them as a gift to the people of Penarth to ensure that the “elderly people in Penarth would be cared for”.
In a series of local government re-organisations, the 30-room mansion subsequently became the property of the Vale of Glamorgan Council which operated it as an adult day-centre. Rising maintenance costs forced its sale and it was bought by multi-millionaire Philip Day’s EWM Property Company for £1,225,000.