OWNER OF COLLAPSED CLINTON ROAD HOUSE APPEALS AGAINST PLANNING REFUSAL

In June 2016 the rear of the original 14 Clinton Road collapsed into excavations for a proposed basement extension

In June 2016 the rear of the original 14 Clinton Road collapsed into excavations for a proposed basement extension

The owner of the  £1,000,000 house which collapsed in Clinton Road, Penarth earlier this year has now launched a legal planning appeal against the Vale of Glamorgan Council after its refusal to allow him to build a replacement.

The owner  Dr Sid Gautham – a cosmetic surgeon – had commissioned a large extension to the original traditional detached house – a project which included digging out a new subterranean basement partially beneath the existing structure.

The £1,000,000 house in Clinton Road - minus half its roof, minus its rear and minus its west wing

The £1,000,000 house in Clinton Road – minus half its roof, minus its rear and minus its west wing

To the concern of neighbours on either side, the entire rear of the house collapsed into the excavations.

What remained of the front  of the wrecked house was demolished a few days later – although the Vale Council had not been asked for, nor given, any planning permission to permit such demolition.

The remnants of a million-pound house were reduced to rubble a few days after the original collapse in Clinton Road (Photo AC Williams)

The frontage of the million-pound house was reduced to rubble a few days after the original collapse of the rear of the building  in Clinton Road (Photo AC Williams)

Subsequently – after it had already been flattened – the householder’s representatives did ask the Vale Council (retrospectively) for permission to demolish the original structure and replace it with an entirely new house.

The proposed front and rear of the entirely new No 14 Clinton Road . It was proposed to built a subterrenean basement in an already-excavated pit in the rear garden - a pit into which the rear half of the original house had collapsed

The proposed front and rear of the entirely new No 14 Clinton Road .

The Vale Council refused to allow construction of the new house on two grounds:-

1. By reason of its scale and form, the proposed replacement dwelling represents a poorly designed, incongruous and cramped form of development that fails to respect the existing character and appearance of the immediate surrounding area, and would have a significant adverse impact on the character of the street scene”.

2 By reason of its scale, form, siting and relationship to neighbouring properties, the proposed replacement dwelling would represent an unreasonably overshadowing and overbearing form of development that would unacceptably impact upon the amenities of neighbours”.

The original house at 14 Clinton Road as it looked in June 2015

The original house at 14 Clinton Road as it looked in June 2015. The rear of the house collapsed in June this year while excavations were in progress , digging out subterranean basement

But Dr Gautam doesn’t agree and is now taking his case to the Planning Inspectorate – which has the power to over-rule the Vale of Glamorgan Council

Dr Sid Gautham is taking his appeal against the Vale of Glamorgan Council to the Planning Inspectorate

Dr Sid Gautham is taking his appeal against the Vale of Glamorgan Council to the Planning Inspectorate

The planning appeal stays “The North, East & South elevations have not encroached any further than the building line of the previously approved application. We would like to reiterate that we, upon taking into consideration both neighbouring properties and after discussing with both neighbours, felt that the 5m separation with No. 16 [ i.e. No 16 Clinton Road] and 8m separation with No. 12 [ i.e. No 12 Clinton Road] were more than adequate when compared to properties in the immediate vicinity.”

Dr Gautam’s appeal claims that the neighbour at No. 16 Clinton Road “did not object to the proposed scheme”.

He points out that “The proposed design has a full length single storey garage with an eaves height at the boundary with No. 16 of 2.4m. It had been agreed with the applicants and owners of No. 16 to erect a 1.8 metre-high brick-wall along the boundary.”

The planning appeal also includes a solar chart to rebut the Vale Council’s assertion that the that neighbouring houses would be “overshadowed” by the proposed new house.

Dr Gautam also says “With regards to the overbearing nature of the scheme the proposed does not encroach further South into the garden than was previously approved.” and adds that No. 12 Clinton Road “has a large garden area and the proposed scheme would not harm the privacy nor its amenity”.

The appeal document says ” The architectural style used for the proposed building has been unfairly targeted as there are no common house types along Clinton Road and the author believes that the design is in keeping with the area as a whole.

Cllr Clive Williams (Conservative Plymouth Ward) is a member of the Vale of Glamorgan Council and Penarth Town Council

Cllr Clive Williams (Conservative Plymouth Ward) is a member of the Vale of Glamorgan Council and Penarth Town Council

Meanwhile Cllr Clive Williams (Conservative Plymouth Ward) who is a member of the Vale of Glamorgan Council Planning Committee is inviting local people to object to Dr Gautam’s planning appeal.

Cllr Williams says “I am sad that if this is to be a family home it does not sit well with the neighbours and general public  and if someone wants a 6 bedroom house there are many in the catchment area on sale without decimating one of Penarth’s special roads.”

Cllr Williams says ” Naturally I am not in favour of a design so out of keeping with the adjoining properties and general area and  – as so many people contacted me over this project with very hostile views and opinions –  I invite all those concerned to join with me in writing to the Vale Council Planning Department for onward submission to the Planning Inspectorate.”

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14 Responses to OWNER OF COLLAPSED CLINTON ROAD HOUSE APPEALS AGAINST PLANNING REFUSAL

  1. Clive says:

    Million pound house?

  2. GM says:

    Would be interested to know what actually ” qualifies ” Cllr Williams to comment on the architectural merits or otherwise of any project when he and his colleagues have turned a blind eye or approved an amazing back catalogue of crap architecture in Penarth over many decades .. I’m no more interested in this guys opinion on architecture than I would be on Mary Berry’s opinion on rocket science … whilst this is no architectural gem it’s far from the monstrosity he suggests it will be. … and whilst on the subject would he like to get his crayons out on draw something that in his view would be “in keeping” .What Cllr Williams should be getting worked up about is the Vales willingness to accept the development of green field sites in Sully and Penarth which have totally inadequate roads serving them and the pollution in Cogan caused by the logjam of traffic coming from the truly hideous Penarth heights development aka Billy Banks 2 … Cllr Williams get a grip the Elephants in the corner. concentrate on that in a vain attempt to try to justify even a small part of the salary we pay you !

    • HW says:

      They can only concentrate on the small stuff as they are so hideously incompetent at everything else. The council are giving normal householders stick, whilst larger developments that are flat boxes (I have nothing against contemporary) are allowed through. Where is the consistency that they keep talking about. It doesn’t exist. This house should be built and I hope it goes through as in my opinion it would be a fine modern dwelling with neo-period features.

  3. Christopher David says:

    GM whilst I personally agree with much of what you say Penarth has a history of buildings accidently falling down. The council should seek to educate and discourage such mistakes!

  4. Ron Foxton says:

    Self-serving arrogance rides again… when will moneyed home owners and developers understand that there are due process and permissions required by law for both planning and demolition that has to be adhered to? Just take note of the blatant rule-flouting practised by EWM owners and associates with its properties in the borough. How long before more of Penarths abondoned buildings are left to – oops! – ‘fall down’?

  5. Mark Foster says:

    Why are these people allowed to keep blighting our lives?

  6. The Tax payer says:

    If you want planning in Penarth you just need cash. Simple as that 👍🏿

  7. johnm says:

    to be fair, cllr williams has had a – very – long stint as cllr in order to get better at what he does.

  8. The KGB says:

    Houses in Clinton Road have yet t0 realise £1 million so I can’t see why it has been noted as such – houses in the row like the one that recently collapsed are only reaching sums of upto £800,000. I agree that the proposed replacement house is not in keeping with the area and that, if wishing to try to create a house of this nature, the owner of the now plot of land should really be trying to build and live elsewhere. Why buy a house in an established architectural area if it’s not what you want?

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