The first phase of the Labour-run Vale of Glamorgan Council’s drive to commercialise Penarth’s Cosmeston Country Park has got under way with the formal submission of planning applications for “change of use” of two mediaeval barn buildings on the site
The application (being made by the Vale of Glamorgan Council to its own planning committee ) – seeks to allow the barns and “associated land, forming part of Cosmeston Medieval Village” to be used for money-making “civil marriages and wedding events” .
The buildings are the Tithe Barn and the Reeve’s Barn – both of which were reconstructed on the original foundations of a 13th century settlement.
The application says the village site will continue to operate as a “visitor attraction” when wedding events are not taking place – implying that it will be closed when they are in progress.
The Vale Council says that if a wedding event is “arranged at a time when a large number of Park visitors were anticipated, an appropriate section of the main car park, closest to the Medieval Village entrance, will be allocated for the use of event guests only.”.
The application points out that an overflow glass car park could also be brought into use.
No date has yet been fixed for the meeting of the Vale of Glamorgan Planning Committee which will “consider” the Vale’s own planning application – but the council says members of the public will be entitled to register in advance to speak at the meeting ( for up to three minutes) .
The Vale Council says the date of the planning meeting will be “made known approximately a week before the meeting”.