The Vale of Glamorgan Council has launched a planning enforcement investigation into a new house which had seemed destined to become one of Penarth’s most expensive and desirable homes.
The house is being built on a hitherto vacant plot at No 16 The Paddocks and is still in the early stages of construction.
The ultra-modern dwelling would overlook Cliff Walk and the Bristol Channel would take full advantage of the sea views to the rear with panoramic windows and a balcony, giving cliff-top vistas of over the Bristol Channel, extending almost the full width of the house .
However the Vale Council’s planning department is now investigating an alleged case of “unauthorised development ” which is “not in accordance with Planning Permission 2012/00873/FUL”.
One unusual feature of the house is that, although from the road – and from Cliff Walk – it will look like a very modern two-storey house, it is to have a hidden surprise in the form of an extra floor, a garden and a swimming pool all to be built below built below ground level at the rear of the plot – closest to Cliff Walk.
The plans – approved in 2013 – say that the “lower ground floor” would contain recreation facilities, a sauna, a games room and an indoor/outdoor swimming pool with an external patio and lawn area – all below ground level.
However cliff-top strollers would not see any of this, as – when completed – it will all be hidden behind the wall which separates all the homes in The Paddocks from the public area of Cliff Walk (or at least it will when the rear wall is re-built) . The present wall has been demolished – presumably as a temporary measure during construction and would be re-instated on completion.
It is not yet clear which specific part of the approved plans is allegedly not being complied with.
Local residents say construction has now come to a halt and there has been no activity on the site for some days.