Penarth Town Council’s planning committee have over-ridden a recommendation from their new freelance planning officer on a proposal to install cladding on a property in the Penarth Conservation Area.
The planning officer Emma Langmaid, of the Prospero Planning Consultancy, – who now (on behalf of the Town Council) vets all planning applications made in Penarth – expressed reservations about the a planning application to clad the sides of “The Coach House” at Beach Lane, Penarth.
The property is divided into two, and the proposal is in respect of the part nearest the camera in the shot above.
It was explained that the scheme would involve the cladding of all sides of the building (excluding the area of the stone wall) from the first floor up with Marley Eternit Cedral cladding in “Silver Grey”.
It is also proposed to change the windows in the front of the dwelling from the existing PVC to sliding sash windows and install a stainless steel flue for a log-burning stove projecting above the flat roof.
Giving her recommendation against the proposal Ms Langmaid said she thought building was “at odds with the character of the area anyway” – which comprised smaller coach-houses – and she was of the opinion that “putting the cladding on it is going to highlight its presence even more and perhaps isn’t the right way to go”.
Cllr Martin Turner (Conservative Plymouth Ward) asked “So this is purely a cosmetic change? “ and received confirmation that it was and that the property was already being lived in.
Ms Langmaid said the majority of the dwellings in the area are “coachhouses as we would imagine coach houses to be – they’re small and in stone “.
Planning chairman Nigel Humphrey (Labour St Augustines) queried whether the building was in the Penarth Conservation Area. Ms Langmaid confirmed that it is in the Conservation Area – but was more of a “secondary frontage than a primary frontage”.
Cllr Humphrey said that ” If it was me I would want a better render or even a stucco – but that’s just me”
Ms Langmaid said her opinion was that the proposed cladding would “highlight the building even more” and that the scheme would be “detrimental to the immediate context and character of where the dwelling is” .
Cllr Humphrey in the chair suggested that if the cladding was done “in larch – a much softer silvery grey” would Ms Langmaid have the same objection?
Ms Langmaid replied it was only possible to judge planning applications on the basis of the scheme as submitted.
Cllr Martin Turner said “It is sticking out like a sore thumb in the Conservation Area at the moment – what they are doing is making it look like two sore thumbs” .
Cllr Angela Thomas ( Labour Plymouth Ward) disagreed – saying that the cladding would make the building look better than it now did.
Eventually the committee decided that it would not recommend rejection of the scheme but would make “No Comment”.
It will now be left to the Vale of Glamorgan Council’s planning officers to make the final decision.