The Vale of Glamorgan Council’s planning officers have approved the re-development of a recently-built garage in Windsor Terrace Lane as residential accommodation – despite objections raised by Cllr Neil Thomas – the former chairman of Penarth Town Council’s planning committee.
The architects had explained their clients wanted carry out the development to provide “accommodation for their elderly parents that will remain ancillary to the main house” which would consist of “essentially a large 1 bedroom flat” with its own private garden .
However Cllr Thomas (Labour) – who lost his Cornerswell seat on Penarth Town Council at in the May 4th Local Government elections – had objected. He now represents St Augustine’s Ward on the Vale of Glamorgan Council and sits on the Vale Council’s planning committee.
Councillor Thomas had submitted a written objection to the plans to convert the garage in Windsor Terrace Lane into a home – saying:-
“I am particularly concerned about this application as it is in a well used lane with particular parking problems already. The fact that this proposal seems to be designed to be separate accommodation to the main house leads me to believe that it would become a Separate dwelling in time. I am aware that a number of minor accidents have already occurred at the junction with Windsor Terrace Lane and Albert Road and this was raised as an issue on the doorstep during the recent election campaign. There are a limited number of parking spaces (3 I believe) at this point on the lane which I think are well used. These would be lost. I do not support this application.”
Cllr Thomas’s objections – notwithstanding his former status as chairman of Penarth Town Planning Committee – have not persuaded the Vale Council’s professional planning officers, who have given the go-ahead for the development.