The “new” video was placed on YouTube by developers Newydd on December 31st – but it doesn’t represent the current version of the scheme as submitted in the planning application. Press the arrow sign to play it.
The Newydd Housing Association is promoting a misleading and out-of-date video of its plans to redevelop St Paul’s Church in Arcot St Penarth as a block of rented social housing apartments.
This video – called “St Paul’s Church CGI Model” – gives the false impression that there is intended to be a grassy “amenity space” at the rear of the building where tenants can sit in the sun and children can play.
In fact the LATEST amended version of the plans – as submitted in the planning application – shows that this grassy space with public seating has since been scrapped from the scheme – and is now designed as just a tarmaced car-parking area.
The plans were amended by Newydd after a “pre-application consultation” in the Paget Rooms in September but those amendments aren’t shown in the video
In other late-changes, the number of apartments in the scheme was reduced to 14 . The amended proposal is now for 11 “two person” flats and for 3 “three-person flats” – meaning that a total of 31 social-housing tenants would now be crammed onto the tiny site – with only 5 parking spaces between them. It is not clear whether children would count as “a person”.
The video being promoted on YouTube by Newydd however does NOT include these changes and is based on the old original 15-apartment plan – and shows the grassy amenity space at the rear of the development as part of the scheme – even though it has since been taken out of the plans.
The out of date Newydd video on YouTube is being promoted in emails sent this week b y Newydd to local residents in Penarth – giving a false impression of what the scheme would actually be like – if planning permission is given.
One local resident said “Newydd describe their video as “nifty”. I’d say that “totally inaccurate” would be a better description” .
Penarth Town Council’s planning committee – which was due to consider the planning application this week – has postponed discussion of the scheme until January 25th.
The application is then due to be discussed by the full Vale of Glamorgan Council planning committee in a few weeks’ time.