The Vale of Glamorgan Council – now controlled by the Conservative Party – has commenced enforcement action against its own planning department in relation to scheme to allow civil wedding ceremonies to be held at Cosmeston Country Park’s Mediaeval Village .
The civil weddings scheme had been approved by the former Labour-dominated Planning Committee in its very last meeting in April – just before the unpopular Labour administratIon was kicked out of office in the May 4th local government elections.
The Cosmeston civil weddings scheme was the idea of the council’s former Labour cabinet and was backed by its former Deputy Leader Cllr Lis Burnett (Labour Stanwell).
However it now appears that the Vale Highways department had insisted on the scheme being conditional on “highway improvements” being carried-out before any weddings could be held at at Cosmeston…..And it appears such improvements have NOT been carried out.
The highway improvements at issue appear to be those shown in an amended site layout plan which the council received (from itself) on 3 March 2017.
They appear to involve yet-to-be-implemented “improvements” to the ancillary entrances to Cosmeston which would provide more direct access to the Mediaeval Village for wedding guests than using the main entrance.
Clearly the Vale Highways Department regards these access points as being too dangerous to be used without extensive highway modifications – and as yet there is no sign of such roadworks being started.
The Cosmeston Medieval Weddings scheme had been passed by the old Labour-controlled planning committee in April – as almost the last act of the committee before the May local Government elections.
After Labour was defeated in May’s council elections, Cllr John Thomas (Conservative St Athan) the Leader of the Conservative Group on the new Vale Council, had seemed to be resigned to the fact that Labour’s Cosmeston Weddings Scheme would go ahead . He said “Unfortunately once a decision has been made by the planning committee it cannot be rescinded other than by Judicial Review. “
However some PDN sources believe the new Conservative administration has hit on a legal way of scuppering Labour’s unpopular, controversial ( and some would say downright tacky) Cosmeston civil weddings scheme.
The Vale Council says the alleged breach of planning permission is now under investigation.