VALE COUNCIL RELENTS ON THE PURPLE PAINT-JOB AT “GIFTS @ No.9”

"Gifts @ No 9" a Grade II listed shop in Penarth's Conservation Area is to be allowed to retain its lilac and purple colour scheme.

“Gifts @ No 9” a Grade II listed shop in Penarth’s Conservation Area is to be allowed to retain its lilac and purple colour scheme.

The Vale of Glamorgan Council’s planning officers have now decided to allow the Victorian shop “Gifts at 9″ to retain its controversial purple and lilac paint scheme.

The newly fitted out shop – with its spick-and-span new paint job – had been officially opened by the Mayor of Penarth Cllr Mike Cuddy in back May this year.

The Mayor of Penarth Cllr Mike Cuddy (Labour St Augustines) who was a town planner by profession - performed the official opening of the newly repainted "Gifts@No.9" in May . It was three months latest that the Vale Council complained about the colour scheme

The Mayor of Penarth Cllr Mike Cuddy (Labour St Augustines) Leader of Penarth Town Council and deputy chairman of its planning committee performed the official opening of the newly repainted “Gifts@No.9″ in May . It was three months later that the Vale Council complained about the colour scheme

Three months later – in September  – the Vale of Glamorgan Council wrote to  the proprietor – experienced local retailer Cathy Evans – telling her that someone (they wouldn’t say who) had “reported” the new paint scheme to them  and that in consequence the council was issuing her with a an “Enforcement Contravention” letter.

Cathy Evans – who also owns two other successful businesses in Penarth –  says she had no idea there would be a problem with the colours of her shop (which is leased from landlords Joyell Ltd)- until she received the  letter from the Vale of Glamorgan Council .

"Gifts @ No.9" is the concept of experienced local retailer Cathy Evans who also owns two other successful businesses in Penarth. She says she had no idea there would be a problem with the colours of her shop.

“Gifts @ No.9” is the concept of experienced local retailer Cathy Evans who also owns two other successful businesses in Penarth. She had no idea there would be a problem with her paint-job.

Joyell submitted a formal – retrospective – planning application to the Vale of  Glamorgan Council to clear permission for last May’s change of colour from what was had been “dark green, dark charcoal grey and cream topale pink/lilac and dark purple” . The firm said the changes had “improved the appearance of the building significantly without undermining the architectural character and charm of the building and the surrounding area”  .

Cllr Neil Thomas (Labour Cornerswell) chairman of Penarth planning committee

Cllr Neil Thomas (Labour Cornerswell) chairman of Penarth planning committee wasn’t sure about the colour scheme.

When the matter was considered by Penarth Town Council’s planning committee, its chairman Cllr Neil Thomas (Labour Cornerswell)  said he was not sure about what he called the “aesthetic” of the colour scheme. “I have my own views on that” he said .

However the other members of the Penarth planning committee supported the colour change and voted in favour of a motion urging the Vale Council to allow the shop to retain the lilac and purple paint job.

Now the Vale Council planning officers have backed down and have written to the landlords of “Gifts @ No.9” saying “Notwithstanding the provisions of Section 18 of the Planning (Listed Buildings and Conservation Areas) Act 1990 this consent shall be deemed to have been implemented on 24 May 2016 as prescribed by Section 8 of the above Act. Reason To comply with section 8 of the above Act.”

…Which all means that Cathy Evans can now retain her colour scheme… and that there are now few people in Penarth who haven’t now heard of “Gifts @ No. 9”.

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8 Responses to VALE COUNCIL RELENTS ON THE PURPLE PAINT-JOB AT “GIFTS @ No.9”

  1. penarthblog says:

    Good news, good luck Cathy.

  2. Christopher David says:

    Indeed- your marketing has enjoyed a purple patch and long may it reign🙂

  3. RetailGuru says:

    Thank goodness, and shame on the person for the spurious complaint – wasting a lot of time and money. Keep on keeping on Cathy, you’re a great ambassador for the town (and your dignity during this farce has been admirable to say the least!)

  4. Lindsay says:

    Have the planning officers “backed down”? It seems to me that they have acted in the only way they could, when an omission on the part of the landlord was brought to their attention. The application, which needed to be made in the first instance, has been considered and approved in the normal manner. Good sensible result all round.

    • Peter Church says:

      I am so glad that everyone including our beloved council and the gentlemen and good ladies of our wonderful planning committee saw sense that is not to say that anything that was done previously was not also a very good decision and in the best interests of our great town why some people moan is beyond me this was sensible all round can we now move on from this and get back to praising anything to do with our great councillors their twitter accounts and any publications that maybe sent through your letter boxes stories like this give Penarth a bad name which is not to say that anything can be bad about Penarth but some people who will remain nameless have in the past dared to criticise anything.

  5. snoggerdog says:

    tribute to prince?

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