The former Monty Smith premises on Windsor Road have received planning approval for A1 retail use

The Vale of Glamorgan Council has now confirmed that the former Monty Smith car showroom and garage at 56 Windsor Road can be used for “A1” retailing  – (a category which includes supermarkets and department stores) .

Thbe council says that “sufficient evidence has been submitted to demonstrate that, on the balance of probability”, the use of the ground and first floors of the property for an A1 use, is regarded as “permitted development”  under the Town and Country Planning  Order 1995.

The Windsor Kinema was opened in 1914 and is pictured here in 1923 – still in the silent film era. The frontage of the Windsor Kinema was demolished in 1959 but the auditorium was adapted to accommodate a car showroom

The site is owned by the Earl of Plymouth Estates who had originally leased it to Kibbor Cinemas for operation as the Windsor Kinema. In 1959 the premises were sub-leased to the Smith Brothers  (who at that time ran the Victoria Garage at Cornerswell Road ) for use as a car showroom.

Consent for A1 use of the premises means they can be used :-

  • (a) for the retail sale of goods other than hot food,
  • (b) as a post office,
  • (c) for the sale of tickets or as a travel agency,
  • (d) for the sale of sandwiches or other cold food for consumption off the premises,
  • (e) for hairdressing,
  • (f) for the direction of funerals,
  • (g) for the display of goods for sale,
  • (h) for the hiring out of domestic or personal goods or articles,
  • (i) for the reception of goods to be washed, cleaned or repaired,

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  1. penarthblog says:

    I think it would make a good multi story car park, it’s in the right location, unfortunately there is a lot of opposition to such an idea.

  2. JTR69 says:

    a Waitrose please.. (or an M&S Food second choice)

  3. Peter Church says:

    M&S Local plus a BP filling station??

  4. Dizzydeb says:

    I second that JTR69!!

  5. 92 and a social butterfly says:

    Perhaps the entire Penarth and Vale Council could be washed cleaned and repaired.

  6. Paul says:

    Good news, makes penarth look untidy now the other smith garage to be sorted

  7. Fishhenge says:

    Or another hairdressers!

  8. Will probably be an eatery or gift shop , something we are short of in Penarth .

  9. BigPooPski says:

    Aldi or Lidl not everyone in Penarth is rich enough to shop in Waitrose.

  10. sjleworthy says:

    M&S ??? u commoners

  11. sjleworthy says:

    to be honest, a petrol station with 24 hour convenience store gets my vote.

    • Matt says:

      We’ve already got petrol at Tesco and Morrisons. What we don’t have in Penarth is anywhere to park. Must be holding back a lot of businesses.

  12. CelticMan says:

    Car park

  13. Daft o dull says:

    Spearmint Rhino!

  14. Frank Evans says:

    How about turning it back into a cinema?
    I’m sure there is a grant available.
    Now who can we get to run it…….

  15. Jessica says:

    It’s too far from the town centre for any retail use. It will be marketed for retail for a while and then a planning application will be submitted for a new residential flatted development.

  16. J24 says:

    waitrose would be great!

  17. RetailGuru says:

    We should very seriously consider this land as a car park. In terms of objections – it was previously used as a garage; a car park isn’t too different from this previous use I would have thought? Come on council, pitch in and actually do something that will help businesses in Penarth. It doesn’t have to be a big ugly multi-storey, there are good examples of tastefully designed car parks these days.

  18. Alex says:

    Mini shopping centre with 4 or so shops inside?

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