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.
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 .
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” to “pale 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” .
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”.