More details have now been published of the plans to demolish a classic art-nouveau/ arts-and-crafts style mansion in Penarth called “The Highlands”.
Motorists driving along the A 4055 on the Cogan Spur over the River Ely Bridge towards Baron’s Court from Cardiff Bay might have glimpsed this turreted edifice on the sky-line and wondered what it was.
The Highlands is large 5-bedroom mansion which cannot be seen from most main roads – (in fact it can only be seen from the Ely Bridge) and yet it commands one of the most outstanding views in Penarth overlooking the Ely River and Cardiff Bay.
The two-wing mansion has been the home of the well-known Berni family for many years – but a planning application has now been submitted to demolish the mansion and its associated coach house and outbuildings – and convert the 1.63 acre site of the present house and garden into a new housing development
The present house has parking for six cars and several original features including a matching coach house.
The appearance of the mansion bears a distinct resemblance to designs by the distinguished architect John Coates Carter of which there are several other examples in Penarth – but as yet PDN has not been able to confirm whether he was responsible for this one .
The new detached houses it’s proposed to build on the site would all be fitted into the existing plot .
The scheme is said not to involve the removal of any of the existing trees on the site .
Penarth Town Council is to be consulted about the planning application to demolish the mansion and built the 9 new houses – but the matter will not come before the full Vale of Glamorgan Planning Committee because it is only to be considered on a “delegated” basis by its planning officers .