Pre-planning consultations are being carried out on a scheme to convert the former Robert Smith car showroom in Windsor Road, Penarth into luxury flats.
The scheme is being carried out by C2J Architects and would create 12 apartments in the former car showroom – which is one of the largest-volume buildings in Penarth.
The new plans involve not only altering the building, but extending it and creating an interior courtyard.
Al full planning application has not yet been submitted . The landlords of the building is a local company Ludlow Street Healthcare – a Cardiff-based 1,000 employee company named by its founder after the street in which he grew up – Ludlow Street , Penarth.
Two years ago the Cardiff-based Ludlow Street Investment Corporation – a private-equity investment business operating around the world – applied for a “certificate of lawfulness” for proposed A1 retail use of the site – which was granted – but clearly there has now been a change of plan for the property.
There has been speculation for months about the future of the site which is – potentially – one of the largest units in Penarth.
The building has been empty since being vacated in May 2014 by car dealer Robert Smith (a son of the well known Penarthian – the late Monty Smith) .
In July 2014 arsonists started a fire at the side of the building amongst a stack of dumped car mats left outside but there was no serious damage.