Work has now begun on converting the long-standing eyesore site at 2 Stanwell Road (opposite Penarth Library Entrance) into a development of 7 self-contained residential apartments and one town house with on-site car parking, cycle and bin store facilities.
A succession of planning applications had been made for the site since 2004. It was originally the offices of the Cardiff and Vale NHS Trust and the Vale of Glamorgan Community Health Council but has been vacant for years and the subject to numerous planning applications for conversion into flats.
Police have also been called to the building on various occasions following reports of intruders on the premises .
On February 25th 2013 a police helicopter was called into hover over the building to spotlight three burglars who were reported to be attempting to smash their way in, using scaffolding poles as battering rams.
On September 4 2014 the Vale of Glamorgan Council’s planning committee approved a revised planning application to turn 2 Stanwell Road into 5 luxury apartments and build a new dormer bungalow on an existing car park behind Number 2 and Number 4. The council noted that “the occupiers of the neighbouring property at No. 4 Stanwell Road” [South Wales Police and Crime commissioner Alun Michael and his family] “ have raised a number of concerns over the proposal, including the adverse impact on their outlook and privacy.”
In October 2014 the Vale Council approved the new two-storey bungalow for the rear car park (behind No. 2 and No 4 Stanwell Road) despite objections from Penarth Town Council and 6 local residents and dismissed the Police Commissioner’s “loss of privacy” claims.
In January 2015 Penarth Town Council supported (on a delegated basis) a new planning application for Number 2 Stanwell Road submitted by Windsor Court Investments Ltd which proposed creating 9 apartments in the development rather than the 5 previously agreed.
In February 2015 the Vale of Glamorgan Council refused the Windsor Court Investments planning application– and, in doing so, over-rode the recommendation of Penarth Town Council.
In July 2015 another new planning application was made – this time by S C Design and Build (Silver Crescent Developments) proposing the creation of 8 self-contained residential apartments with on-site parking. The Vale Council gave permission for the development of 7 apartments on the site and a four-bedroom “town house”.
In August 10, 2015 the plan to build the new bungalow in the rear car park was approved by the Vale of Glamorgan Council
On September 28, 2015 Penarth Fire Brigade was called to 2 Stanwell Road as “smoke” appeared to be pouring from the building . The “smoke” turned out to be clouds of dust being created as the internal ceilings of the building were being stripped out.
By April 2016 2 Stanwell Road was gradually being torn apart by thieves – acting with apparent impunity despite the South Wales Police Commissioner living next door . Roofing-lead, plumbing fixtures and other valuable material were stolen .
On May 8th 2016 police were called again to No 2 Stanwell Road Penarth as a “precautionary response” after reports that an intruder might have entered the premises. That same month a third of the building was reduced to rubble and an investigation was launched into allegedly “unauthorised demolition”.
In October 2016 a new planning application for revised accommodation in the rear car park of the building was made – this time proposing the building of a pair of semi-detached 2 storey 2 bedroom dwellings instead of the original scheme for a bungalow. That application has yet to be determined