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,”
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 .
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 “‘