Celtic Developments (Penarth) Ltd – HAS now submitted a new bid to get planning permission for its controversial 30-apartment development at Northcliff Lodge on Penarth Head overlooking the listed Custom House restaurant.
The firm has formally re-submitted proposals to the Vale of Glamorgan Council for the demolition of Northcliff Lodge itself and its outbuildings and for the building of 30 luxury apartments in three staggered blocks on the steeply-sloping wooded site.
The scheme had been thrown out by the Vale Council planning committee in January, The committee criticised the architectural style, density, and loss of green distinctive green wooded area of Penarth Head . Some local residents described the scheme as “little boxes”. A full report of the original planning decision in January is on https://penarthnews.wordpress.com/2017/01/06/vale-planners-group-think-is-attacked-as-councillors-unanimously-reject-northcliff-lodge-scheme/
Just three months after that rejection, it appeared that the developers already preparing to submit a SECOND planning application.
This has now turned out to be basically only a slightly-modified revision of the original scheme .(See http://tinyurl.com/yabxx2eq) – but with some reduction in the “massing” of some of the blocks.
Now this “MarkII” planning application for the 30-apartment scheme at Northcliff Lodge has been formally submitted to the Vale of Glamorgan Council .
Penarth Town Council was sent details of the new second application on June 15th – but, for some reason, is was not discussed in the council’s planning committee on June 22nd.
Celtic Developments’ planning consultants LRM Planning say in a letter to the Vale Council “As a resubmission of a previously refused application (LPA Ref 2015/01449/FUL), made within the requisite timeframe and being of a similar character and description to the original and made by the same applicant, this application benefits from an exemption (free go).”
The developers say of their original ( rejected) application :-
” The application was written up for approval subject to conditions and a legal agreement, and the planning committee made a site visit on 5th January 2017. The application was presented to planning committee on 5th January, however the committee resolved to refuse the application, initially objecting to the scheme on the grounds of architectural style, density, and loss of green space. The committee meeting had to be adjourned on the recommendation of the chief planner in order that the Committee could be advised on how to word their reasons for refusal, to avoid exposing the authority to the potential of costs at appeal. Eventually reasons relating to size and massing and form of the development were given as reasons for refusal, as the committee considered the scheme as not having regard to site context, appearing out of scale and incongruous within the coastal headland context, and failing to either preserve or enhance the character of the adjacent conservation area or listed building.”
“Following the previous decision notice, the design team have reviewed the scheme and are submitting a modified and updated scheme as a new planning application, which takes on board the more relevant comments aired during the committee meeting. This document outlines the modifications to the scheme.”
The developers go on to say that “The Design Commission for Wales is supportive of development of this site which would ‘deliver much needed housing on an urban infill site’. The report commended the ambitions of the client and design team to deliver a high quality, innovative residential scheme, and suggested minor improvements to the scheme to increase already high quality and add further value.”
The “Mark II” application for the ‘Northcliffe Lodge’ development is now in the consultation phase and it will be some weeks before it comes before the Vale of Glamorgan Planning Committee for consideration.