PENARTH CONSERVATION AREA IS “AT SERIOUS RISK OF BEING LOST” – SAYS COUNCILLOR

Ashdene Manor and Normandy are key parts of the sea front architecture of Penarth

Ashdene Manor and Normandy are key parts of the sea front architecture of Penarth

Vale of Glamorgan Councillor, Maureen Kelly Owen (Conservative Plymouth Ward) has warned that the Penarth Conservation Area has warned the council’s Labour administration in Barry that the Penarth Conservation area is at ” serious and imminent risk of being utterly devalued and lost to present and future generations” .

Cllr Kelly-Owen has told the Vale Council that it must “accept its serious obligations
to ensure that every planning approval granted enhances the architectural character
and quality of this Area,”

Cllr Maureen Kelly-Owen (Conservative Plymouth Ward) questions Cllr Lis Burnett about the Vale Council's lack-lustre performance in protecting buildings in the Conservation Area

Cllr Maureen Kelly-Owen (Conservative Plymouth Ward) questions Cllr Lis Burnett about the Vale Council’s lack-lustre performance in protecting buildings in the Conservation Area

She says this is “particularly pertinent to the two outstanding houses in Bridgeman Road , “Ashdean” and “Normandy” – given their importance within the Penarth Esplanade scene”.

Responding on behalf of the Vale Council – in this month’s full council meeting –  Cllr Lis Burnett (Labour St Augustines) who is ‘cabinet’ member for regeneration said “I echo your concerns over both Ashdene and Normandy” but had no immediate answer for Cllr Kelly-Owen   .

Boarded up and decaying - the two mansions "Normandy" and "Ashdene Manor" on Bridgeman Road are just across the road from the property under discussion "Gardenhurst"

Boarded up and decaying – the two mansions “Normandy” and “Ashdene Manor” on Bridgeman Road

Cllr Burnett went on to say that  “The answer to the question you ask is long and involved and involves an awful lot of planning policy etc.  Would you like me to forward the full details to you and also copying to other members so that you are completely appraised of this situation”

Cllr Kelly Owen – who is a qualified architect –  then asked a supplementary question . “The property “Ashdene”  I’m talking about is highly thought of . It was granted £25,000 by Cadw [the Welsh historic building preservation body] some years ago . I’m interested to know what happened to that  – if it arrived  – but also to underline the fact that it is an essentially important piece of architecture in the Conservation Area”

Cllr Burnett said “I will ensure that we get an answer. I don’t know the details of that “‘

 

 

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9 Responses to PENARTH CONSERVATION AREA IS “AT SERIOUS RISK OF BEING LOST” – SAYS COUNCILLOR

  1. Chris David says:

    I’d like too see what happened to the CADW money to. Will you be monitoring PDN. Now- we have an architect questioning the integrity of the VoG’s planning decisions. Surely that’s enough for us all to be concerned?

  2. LJS says:

    Well said MKO

  3. Jan Harding says:

    Tragic these stunning properties have been allowed to become eyesores for years, they have just been left by the previous and the recent new owner, surely someone intelligent can sort it out and we don’t have to wait another ten years for them to be restored. Please MKO keep on and make sure the houses can’t be bulldozed but returned to their former beauty and put a time limit on it or repossess them.

    • Bobby says:

      It is unfair to put any blame on to the new owners. As a town we should be grateful that someone has bought them, particularly Normandy which could prove to be a massive money pit. The blame lies with the previous owners who let it fall in to such a terrible state and for VoG for not taking action sooner.

      Unfortunately Normandy may probably be too far gone for it to be financially viable to restore to its original condition. We may have to accept that it would better to flatten it and get something built on the site rather than letting it sit there rotting for years to come.

      • Jan Harding says:

        Bobby I might be wrong here but I believe it’s not new owners but owner, the same person owns Ashdene, Normandy and Gardenhurst that’s the one that was gifted by the Pegler family specifically to ensure that the “elderly people in Penarth would be cared for” but tragically the council decided to sell it off in 2014. We can’t choose I know but what a great shame families did buy these properties because they wished to live in them, the new owner doesn’t seem to want to two years down the line.

      • Ron Foxton says:

        I believe the current property owners are enjoying an exceptional £31 million windfall gleaned from EWM profits this year, particularly Mr Day himself… somebody in elected authority should step up and enforce repair and restoration orders whilst the goings good and before all these lovely buildings return themselves to Mother Earth.

  4. Big Davey says:

    If these properties were in Barry, say on Barry Island front, then I am sure something would have been done by now.

  5. Ron Foxton says:

    I believe the current property owners are enjoying an exceptional £31 million windfall gleaned from EWM profits this year, particularly Mr Day himself… somebody in elected authority should step up and enforce repair and restoration orders whilst the going good and before all these lovely buildings don’t return themselves to Mother Earth.

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