With the Council Elections coming on May 4th – and with the Vale of Glamorgan Council vulnerable to claims of lack of any progress in the last 5 years on the former St Paul’s Church building in Arcot St Penarth – (which it owns) – the council has now announced which housing association it wants to redevelop the site.
The Vale Council has selected the Newydd Housing Association as its “preferred hidder” to come up with detailed plans to re-develop the St Paul’s site as a mix of residential social housing and community facilities.
There are no details in the Newydd proposals – just a rough block plan proposing – using a colour key – how St Paul’s will be modified and divided up. The existing frontage of the church is to be retained – even though it is not original. The frontage is actually a rebuilt, chopped down version of the original fire-damaged Wesleyan Methodist Chapel . The chronology of the building is given on http://tinyurl.com/zyt5qau
The architectural drawing at the head of this item is described as “a concept of the proposed development showing the various zones for the scheme”. The usage of the various zones is not identified but the council says it includes “a 300 square meter [sic] ground floor community facility” and “a development of affordable homes”.
The scheme will go through the normal council planning process.
There are promises that detailed proposals will be presented for consultation with “the local community” in due course.
Cllr Lis Burnett (Labour St Augustines – who is now hoping to get elected in Stanwell Ward) is quoted as saying ” I’m particularly pleased that local people will be involved in the development of the facilities”.
One opponent said “That’s a bit rich coming from Lis Burnett . The last time the Vale Council carried out consultation with the local community about St Paul’s it completely ignored what the local community said. “