The “change of use” for Cosmeston mediaeval barns cannot be rescinded by the new Vale Council

The result of the local government election for the Vale of Glamorgan Council will not change the decision of the outgoing administration’s planning committee on Cosmeston Country Park .

Whatever the political composition of the new council, it will not have the power to rescind the decision made by the outgoing planning committee made last Thursday night to allow “change of use” of the barns – even though the Vale Council owns the country park and the mediaeval village in which they stand.

Cllr John Thomas (Conservative St Athan)

The situation has been set out by Cllr John Thomas (Conservative St Athan) the Leader of the Conservative Group on the Vale Council. He says “Unfortunately once a decision has been made by the planning committee it cannot be rescinded other than by Judicial Review. “. 

However another inside source says an incoming council will have another option up its sleeve – and that is simply to sit on its hands and do nothing about the previous administration’s plans to commercialise Cosmeston Country Park –  except in cases where contracts have already been signed


About NewsNet

Penarth Daily News email address . Penarth Daily News is an independent free on-line fair and balanced news service published by NewsNet Ltd covering the town of Penarth in the Vale of Glamorgan, Wales, UK. All our news items are based on the information we receive or discover at the time of publication and are published on the basis that they are accurate to the best of our knowledge and belief at that time. Comments posted on the site by commentators reflect their opinions and are not necessarily shared, endorsed or supported by Penarth Daily News.
This entry was posted in Penarth Daily News. Bookmark the permalink.


  1. Anne Greagsby says:

    The Vale council has given itself permission to do it. But they don’t HAVE to do it. They don’t have to spend the money. Simple!

    • Philip Rapier says:


      The Local Authority may revoke an approval if it is satisfied, after considering any representations from the holder, that the use or structure of the premises has changed so that any of the standard of local requirements cannot be met or the holder has failed to comply with one or more of the standard of local conditions attached to the approval.

      The Registrar General may direct the Local Authority to revoke an approval if, in his opinion and after considering any representations from the holder, there have been breaches of the law relating to marriage on the approved premises.

      When an approval has been revoked, the regulations requite the former holder to notify any couples who had arranged to marry on the premises.

  2. Guido says:

    As already stated, the Council has the option of not implementing the approval and after 5 years the permission falls. However, if a single wedding event is held within that 5 years, that consent will have then been implemented and as such, will stand as a live permission thereafter. It is also my understanding that there are legal mechanisms within the planning system to revoke a planning permission other than judicial review, which itself can only be brought by a third party at some considerable cost from past experience.

  3. Chris David says:

    Well couldn’t a new council make an amendment that say stipulates, only weddings where over 1 million guests are booked can take place or some other nonsensical rule?

Comments are closed.