A proposal to convert an existing back-lane coach house – with a controversial planning history – into a 2-storey dwelling is to come before Penarth Town Council’s planning committee later this week.
The application is at the rear of Numbers 16 to 20 Sully Terrace and is in respect of an existing brick-built coach house in Sully Terrace Lane which it’s proposed to convert and extend into a “new 2-bedroomed dwelling with associated external amenity space”.
Local residents say the building is in fact a Victorian warehouse and storage yard which has been associated with a number of controversial planning infringements in the past.
The building was said to have been owned by Mr Tom Levitt Oliver (85) – who neighbours say lived on the premises in a wooden ground-floor structure.
Mr Levitt Oliver had been taken to court on a number of occasions for allegedly infringing planning laws and at one time was facing large fines for failing to comply with a notice to clear building rubbish from his property .
Police found Mr Levitt Oliver dead on the premises 2 years ago.
Mr Levitt Oliver is also said to have built – without any prior planning permission – a separate adjoining house on Sully Terrace Lane which was only discovered by local government officers in 1974. He then succeeded in getting retrospective planning permission for that dwelling – as a fait-accompli – in 1976.
The Victorian red-brick warehouse which is part of the latest planning application is alleged to have been “modified” by Mr Levitt Oliver – again without planning or building consent – and one local resident believes it is internally supported by temporary “Acrow” props.
The site for which planning permission is now sought, is said to have been inherited by two of Mr Levitt Oliver’s relatives, one of whom has submitted the planning application to build a 2-storey home on the premises.
Penarth Council has usually refused to support such “back-lane” applications in the past. However, recently the Vale Council over-ruled Penarth Council and gave permission for a recently-built back garage in Windsor Terrace Lane to be converted into a residential annexe which would be associated with a main house on Albert Road.