The Vale of Glamorgan Council ‘s planning officers are recommending that – despite objections from the next-door neighbours, criticism of the accuracy of the plans and the objections of Penarth Town Council – approval should be given to redevelop the historic Ashdene Manor in Bridgeman Road, Penarth as 9 apartments – 3 of which would be “social housing”.
The planning officers’ recommendations will now go before the full Vale of Glamorgan Council planning committee for a final decision
There would be 9 new apartments in the proposed scheme – 3 in the existing mansion and 6 in wings to be added as extensions on either side of the original building .
The planning officers recommend that approval be given to the planning application –subject to a number of conditions – including one unusual stipulation that 3 of the proposed apartments are “built and thereafter maintained as affordable housing units in perpetuity, of which 2 would be social rented properties and 1 would be intermediate properties”
The officers report also recommends the Vale Council demands a £15,486 payment for “off-site affordable housing”
In addition the planning officers also recommend the the Vale Planning committee requires a “contribution of £22,968 to provide or enhance public open space in the vicinity of the site” (i.e. Windsor Gardens) .
A Victorian-style extension (left) at Ty Llwyd (No 11 Bridgeman Road) did not appear on the re-development plans for Ashdene Manor (right)
Cllr Clive Williams (Independent Plymouth Ward) had formally queried the accuracy of the Ashdene Manor plans – pointing out that they did not take account of an extension to the neighbouring property Ty Llwyd .
He “called in” the application for consideration by the full Vale planning committee .
The planning officers now recommend that before work starts on the proposed new southerly wing to Ashdene Manor, details of the foundation design adjacent to the neighbouring property (Ty Llwyd) must be agreed in writing by the council.
A landscaping scheme and details of drainage must also to be agreed with the council prior to work starting .
The Vale of Glamorgan Council’s planning committee is due to meet to consider the application on Thursday March 2nd .
Ashdene Manor was originally built by Mr J.P. Jones, who was the contractor for many of the buildings erected by the Victorian entrepreneur Solomon Andrews in Cardiff and Penarth.
The house later became the home of David Hannah JP – a former colliery apprentice, born in 1855, who rose to become a board director of a number of South Wales colliery companies. He was chairman of the Welsh Navigation Steam Coal Company and President of the South Wales Institute of Engineers.