Neighbours who live in the modernistic Seabank block on Penarth Esplanade are – apparently – not seeing eye to eye over a plan to install new windows in two adjacent apartments near the base of the building.
It’s proposed to enlarge the depth of the windows overlooking the sea in apartment numbers 11 and 12 of the Seabank development – and fit them with glazed “Juliet balconies” .
All the flats above them all have French windows with walk-out balconies – but the two apartments in the application at present only have windows with waist-level sills – and no balconies.
The Town Clerk Emma Smith said the new windows would be designed to match the existing windows of the other apartments .
Cllr Gwyn Roberts (Labour St Augustines) said he believed the Seabank block was about 50 years old but was a “landmark” building on the sea front. He said he did not want to see anything installed which would “significantly alter the symmetry of the building” because it was what he described as “an important visual icon in Penarth“. With that proviso however he would accept the proposal.
Cllr Clive Williams (Conservative Plymouth Ward) said he sympathised with the owners of the two lower flats who did not have the balconies which most of the other flats in the development enjoyed. He said the proposed opening doors with Juliet balconies would add value to the flats. However, he had heard from the chairman of the association representing the other Seabank apartment owners that morning – saying that the rest of the residents were “extremely upset about the application” and they considered the modifications would be “out of keeping” .
Cllr Williams said that as ward councillor he was passing on the comments he had received that most of the residents were “strongly against” the proposals“
Cllr Gwyn Roberts interjected saying “It isn’t actually your ward Clive” – and asserted that the Seabank block is actually fell within his St Augustine’s Ward because as the dividing boundary between the two wards runs down the middle of Penarth Pier. [Seabank is just to the North of that line].
To laughter, Cllr Williams ruefully observed he had canvassed the Seabank apartments for many years and suggested that, in the light of what had been said, perhaps Cllr Roberts could now take the phone calls from Seabank residents’ association.
The planning committee agreed to recommend supporting the planning application subject to the provisos noted by Cllr Roberts. The final decision will be taken by the Vale of Glamorgan Council.