REVISED PLANS FOR THE DEVELOPMENT OF “GARDENHURST” SITE ARE RELEASED

The Gardenhurst site on the corner of Holmesdale Place and Park Road - as it would look after development. Currently trees totally hide the Gardenhurst mansion

The Gardenhurst site on the corner of Holmesdale Place and Park Road – as it would look after development. Currently trees totally hide the Gardenhurst mansion from the road.

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 four new town houses - now of revised external appearance - would be set back from the road and located in what is now the rear car park

The four new town houses – now of revised external appearance – would be set back from the road and located in what is now the rear car park

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.

"Gardenhurst" was used as a care home by the Vale of Glamrogan Council but is now owned by EWM Property Company Ltd

“Gardenhurst” was used as a care home by the Vale of Glamorgan Council but is now owned by EWM Property Company Ltd. A revised planning application has now been submitted for the site

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 ) .

Three objectors, Marion Avon (left) and Mr and Mrs RIchard Francis with Cllr Clive Williams (Conservative Plymouth Ward) after attending last night's Penarth Town Council planning committee

Three objectors to the original Gardenhurst plans –  Marion Avon (left) and Mr and Mrs Richard Francis –  with Cllr Clive Williams (Conservative Plymouth Ward) after attending last November’s Penarth Town Council planning committee

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 revised design of the four town houses now proposed for the Gardenhurst development

The revised design of the four town houses now proposed for the Gardenhurst development. The exterior of the original Victorian Gardenhurst mansion will remain largely unchanged

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 is one of the largest mansions in Penarth

Gardenhurst is one of the largest mansions in Penarth

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.

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5 Responses to REVISED PLANS FOR THE DEVELOPMENT OF “GARDENHURST” SITE ARE RELEASED

  1. Ivor Bagman says:

    Now then –
    There was tree fellers
    In my garden
    With hell of a
    Thirst.
    I said to them
    I was here first.
    They replied
    We’ll chop down
    That tree.
    My Betty said
    ” Touch one – you’ll be dead “

    • Betty Bagman says:

      Not what I said
      – it’s all in his head.
      Those tree fellers
      Brought golfing umbrellas
      And sat ‘neath the boughs
      Erstwhile rebel rousers
      In khaki short trousers,
      A joy to carouse.
      He’ll always forget
      He had cider with Betty.

  2. Ron Foxton says:

    The very same architects that previously defaced, sorry developed, the glorious mansion building on the opposite corner with little regard for planning consent and which is also apparently owned by EWM? JWA must have employed a Sensitivity Officer with an understanding of the local vernacular – at last – but without a B&Q catalogue…

  3. Tom says:

    just hope someone buys all three houses back

    • LJS says:

      When the sale was out for tender, one had to state the intention of use. The tender document stated the highest offer may not win. Some of the tenders were for a single family dwelling and were close to the selling price, I know as I was one of them. The Vale Council chose presumably the highest tender. Had they accepted slightly less, the house would now be restored to its former glory as a single residential unit.

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