NEW MOVE MAY SAVE PENARTH’S CLASSIC MANSION ‘HIGHLANDS’

The classic Penarth mansion "The Highlands" - occupies a commanding position at the "Gateway to Penarth"

The classic Penarth mansion “The Highlands” – occupies a commanding position at the “Gateway to Penarth” – but is earmarked for demolition to make way for a  housing scheme.

A classic mansion which Penarth councillors called “magnificent” and “fantastic” – but nevertheless agreed could be demolished – may yet be saved.

“The Highlands” on  Old Barry Road is probably the most spectacular ‘arts and crafts-style’ ex-ship-owner’s mansion still standing in Penarth  – but local councillors agreed this month it could be torn down and the site used to build nine new houses.  See [http://tinyurl.com/hyku8xf ] . 

A planning application has been made to build 9 detatched houses on the site of The Highlands, on Old Barry Road

A planning application has been made to build 9 detatched houses on the site of The Highlands, on Old Barry Road

The mansion  occupies a commanding position at the “Gateway to Penarth”  – near Baron’s Court [itself a former Elizabethan mansion] –  but until recently the impressive building  has been masked from public view  by large oak trees which have recently been felled.

Conservationists argue that if the Vale of Glamorgan Council and Penarth Council are serious about improving the look of the so-called “Gateway to Penarth”  (the  main route into the town)  the very last thing the two Labour councils should be doing is permitting the destruction of a wonderful architectural gem in such a prominent position.

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 turret providing a panoramic view from the highest point of land in the Cogan area

However, even though the mansion was not on the list of the Vale’s “County Treasures” and does not actually stand within the Penarth Conservation Area, it now looks as though the independently-operating Conservation Team of the Vale Council has stepped into the row.

Cllr Tracey Alexander (Labour Cornerswell)

Cllr Tracey Alexander (Labour Cornerswell)

Only two Penarth councillors had opposed the  demolition of “The Highlands” in the last Penarth Town Council planning committee meeting . One of those was Cllr Tracey Alexander (Labour Cornerswell)  who told the committee that she had spoken to a conservation officer who had recommended that the main house – Highlands – be retained and the development built around it .

PDN now understands that today an independent Vale Council conservation officer is to carry out an on-site appraisal of the building even though the Labour-run Vale Council (which wants to find sites for  10,000 new houses)  had originally excluded its own conservation team from the list of people it was consulting on the development.

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5 Responses to NEW MOVE MAY SAVE PENARTH’S CLASSIC MANSION ‘HIGHLANDS’

  1. Yvonne Penny says:

    Very sad time if this beautiful building is demolished. I’ve lived here less than a twelve month, but this house is by far the nicest I’ve seen around here.

  2. MB says:

    Let’s hope that common sense prevails and this imposing building is preserved for future generations.and keeps its pride of place at the entrance to Penarth.

  3. Harry says:

    Watch out that some builder does have an “accident” with a digger while the Council makes up its mind. We have seen that so many times before in Penarth

  4. Christopher David says:

    Well Done Tracey Alexander.

  5. Mary Edwards says:

    It would be vandalism to destroy yet another example of Penarth’s Victorian heritage. I hope it can be left standing and utilised as, for example, luxury apartments.

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