Plastic sheeting which completely enveloped a large house at No 80 Victoria Road during extensive redevelopment has now been removed – revealing a stark office-like modern box – totally different from the original arts-and-crafts style house which was there before .
The property is one of the one of the largest houses in Penarth and stands in a prominent site opposite Stanwell School playing fields with a number of other Edwardian period dwellings – but is actually outside the architecturally sensitive Penarth Conservation Area .
In November 2015 planning permission was granted for a “two storey extension and modifications to all elevations”.
Major renovation works have now been under way for some time at the property and – until now – the whole building has been swathed in scaffolding and plastic sheeting – making it impossible to see from the road .
Last year the Vale of Glamorgan’s planning department launched an Enforcement Investigation into the development regarding an allegation of “Unauthorised development” at the address. In the event no breach was discovered and the investigation was closed on May 3rd 2016.
Later a further planning application was made for “First floor bedroom extension above existing garage” but this was refused by the Vale Council .
The Vale Planning Officer had ruled that “The proposed extension by reason of its scale and siting, on the primary elevation represents an unsympathetic addition to the existing dwellinghouse that would result in visual harm to the character of the wider street scene and the host dwelling.” The ruling said the proposal was considered contrary to council policy and guidance.
The delegated Vale planning officer dealing with the application commented “By reason of its size, siting and proximity to neighbouring properties, it is considered that the proposal represents an overbearing and insensitively sited form of development, which would unacceptably impact upon the residential amenities of the neighbouring occupiers with particular reference to number 82 Victoria Road. “
However the owner – Mr Lloyd Kidby – did not accept the Vale Council’s view, appealed to the UK Planning Inspectorate – and won .
The Planning Inspectorate’s inspector said that “ Overall, I consider that the proposed extension would have an acceptable presence and would not harm the street scene’s character or appearance. The proposal pays regard to the context of the local built environment and satisfactorily complements the local character of buildings and open spaces.”
Some local residents are highly critical of the planning inspector’s adjudication . One said the revamped house “ looks ugly among all the lovely Victorian/Edwardian classic housing style on that road.”