PENARTH’S CLASSIC “INVISIBLE” MANSION IS SET TO DISAPPEAR

The classic Penarth mansion "The Highlands" - one the home of the Berni family - is now facing demolition

The classic Penarth mansion “The Highlands” – the hard-to-see home of the Berni family – is now facing demolition to create a plot for 9 new houses planned at Cogan .

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 front lawn and the site of the existing mansion would all be included in the proposed building site

The front lawn and the site of the existing mansion would all be included in the proposed building site

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

A view from the garden showing one wing of The Highlands and the unique turret providing a panoramic view from the highest point of land in the Cogan area

A view from the garden showing one wing of The Highlands and the unique pepper-pot turret bay window and verandah which provides a 270 degree panoramic view from the highest point of land in the Cogan area

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 proposed new houses iots proposed to build on the site of the existing mansion and its gardens

The proposed new houses it’s proposed to build on the site of the existing mansion and its gardens

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 .

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7 Responses to PENARTH’S CLASSIC “INVISIBLE” MANSION IS SET TO DISAPPEAR

  1. The Tax payer says:

    I can see a basement being planed for this site soon. And then no need for planning to be applied for !!!!

  2. Annexes Greagsby says:

    Obvious the Vale labour council doesn’t give a hoot about our history or our environment, just accommodating developers.

  3. AK says:

    If it is not a matter for the Council’s planning committee (as it says in the final paragraph), then we can hardly blame the Council for the developers’ application.

    Councils cannot just take action if they dislike something, unless the law specifically allows it.

    If we can’t actually see the house then there isn’t too much to get excited about; apart from additional traffic.

  4. Yvonne Penny says:

    How can such a beautiful house be knocked down, it’s terrible. I can’t understand why councils do these strange things, have they no interest in the past.

  5. Peter Church says:

    Build on every green space you can…..
    The G£rd€n b$ th€ S€a

  6. mp says:

    What about the trees that have already been chopped down! There is no mention of these in the planning.

  7. MB says:

    It’s sad to see greed driving the destruction of this important
    landmark

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