A block representation of the “new-look” St Pauls Church – a large part of which will be “back-lane” residential accommodation.

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.

An on-line petition called “Save St Paul’s Church from Demolition” has been set up on http://tinyurl.com/golepoj

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.

The  Labour-controlled Vale Council ignored the findings of its own public consultation on  St Paul’s Church, last time it held one.

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. “


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  1. Windsor in my view says:

    I doubt very much that the local “consultation” will make any difference……it never does!

    • Philip Rapier says:

      Newydd are a part of the Cadarn Housing Group C.E.O £90000 a year plus two deputies on £70000 a year each ( of course Newydd claims to be a Charity).
      They have a track record for this kind of tactic but were prevented in Barry from this kind of invasive development. I campaigned personally along with residents to prevent the desecration of Cemetery Approach a calming tree lined avenue for those in mourning as the Funeral Corteges pass through it.-We won an epic victory!!-
      Newydd threatened with Planning Appeals and even Court Action backed down.
      The Land was deemed historic open space belonging to the Community.
      Newydd can be beaten and Penarth St.Augustine’s Residents are entitled to be treated as fairly as those in Barry.
      Checking for Covenants on the St Pauls Site would be a good place to start.

      Evidence of this splendid victory for the people of Barry v Cadarn Group Newydd Housing is to be found in the Barry and District News article below.
      Barry and District News 29 Feb 16
      “AROUND 20 residents turned out at an event aimed at discussing proposals about the future of land adjacent to Barry cemetery.

      The public was invited to air their thoughts on £500,000 proposals to create gardens, on both sides, and a community building on the land on Cemetery Road, on Thursday.

      The council, working in partnership with the Vale council, and it hopes – following public engagement – the project will be completed by the end of summer of 2016.

      Save Cemetery Approach Action Group, collected more than 12,000 signatures on a petition in response to the plan by Newydd Housing Association to build 61 dwellings by Cemetery Road in 2008.

      A resident recalled that the land had previously been gifted to the town for public use and the housing plan was defeated.

      Resident and Save Cemetery Approach supporter, Gareth Jones, 74, said: “It’s encouraging to see that we are seeing plans and hopes becoming reality. It’s been a long time coming. It can be used by children and maintained by Barry Town Council so it will not be neglected.

      Save Cemetery Approach supporter, Dennis Harkus who campaigned for the protection of the area, said: “I am pleased that so many have turned out.”

      Colcot resident Alan Smith, 68, another supporter, added: “We have fought long and hard to keep it useful for the people and I am very pleased with what they have done. It’s going to be used for schools for schools and nature. I am happy.”

      The proposals also include retaining and improving a Second World War bunker, creating wetland and possibly decking, and replacing trees.

      Baruc ward Barry town councillor, Shirley Hodges said: “I think the turnout is really good. It’s nice to see people caring for it and it gives people some relief to see the plans and it’s moving forward. It’s an approach to a cemetery so we’ve got to show it some sensitivity.”

      The public engagement event took place in the Glamorgan Suite at the Memorial Hall & Theatre, but there will be another opportunity to air views at Barry cemetery’s chapel on Mother’s Day, Sunday, March 6 from 9am to 3pm.”

  2. Matt says:

    What Labour have done, and are still doing, to this area is nothing short of criminal.

    What will happen to the section 106 money now? They’ll probably end-up handing it back to Crest or give it to the developer for the community element of this horrible project.

  3. St Augustine says:

    What a sham! Sign the petition and make as much noise as possible. This is a very destructive re-development that nobody asked for!

  4. Fishhenge says:

    Vote them out next month.

  5. penarthblog says:

    I’m in favour of this development.

  6. Dan says:

    I seriously hope come voting day the people of St. Augustines remember the total failure of Labour councillors on both a town and county level in this ward. They came in with big promises which were/are largely unfulfilled five years on while fobbing off those who elected them

  7. Dizzydeb says:

    Why aren’t the opposition candidates shouting louder and letting the majority of people know what’s going on. Where are they????

  8. David Moorcraft says:

    Shouldn’t there be affordable/ social housing there ?!
    The whole site is a rat-infested eyesore. And the outline plan seems to keep the front facade of the church, which has been botched over the years and is now fit only for demolition.
    Affordable housing – yes, but a better concept than this.
    (I lived nearby in King St)

    • Fishhenge says:

      It will definitely be a rat-infested eyesore once it is turned into social housing.

  9. Anne Greagsby says:

    St Augustines Plaid Cymru Aled Thomas and Anne Greagsby started a petition to stop the demolition of St Pauls. We have been campaigning against these new half baked plans. It is clear from the conversations we have had with local residents that they want, as promised after extensive consultation, the refurbishment of St Pauls for community use in particular the gym and the boxing club. Lis Burnett labour party promised they had the money and would refurbish in their 2012 election leaflet.
    Having failed to keep their promise this is a last minute, back of a fag packet, idea to cover up their incompetence and porky pies. It is shameful that the Penarth Times published this story in a favourable light to the labour party with quotes from Lis Burnnett when such propaganda should not be in the local paper during ‘purdah’. All the other parties should be allowed the right to reply.

  10. Grey local says:

    I would hope that the failure of labour will be reflected in the forthcoming elections.

  11. 92 and a social butterfly says:

    I wish John Noakes was here, he created better things with cereal packets and sellotape

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