The huge crane in Windsor Road yesterday were removing one of the three mobile telephone masts from the former Robert Smith car showroom (Photo John Clark)

A huge mobile crane was in Penarth’s Windsor Road yesterday removing one of the three mobile telephone masts from the former Robert Smith car showrooms opposite Penarth Police Station.

The building is being converted into 12 residential apartments with a gymnasium on the ground floor by the Cardiff company Pure Commercial Finance Ltd

Procedural snags have delayed plans to redevelop the building as an apartment block with a gym on the ground floor (Photo John Clark )

Each one of the three masts provided a lucrative income stream for the former car dealership (Photo John Clark)

The three mobile masts on the building are understood to have netted the previous owner, Mr Robert Smith, a combined rental income of £30,000 a year.

Work on converting the former car showroom – originally that of Moorwell Motors – into residential accommodation and a gymnasium is understood to have been  delayed by preparatory building works and by a snag in the planning procedure.

The originally two separate planning applications had been made ( one for the residential accommodation and one for the gymnasium)  but the Vale of Glamorgan Council has required the developers to submit a single new planning application which incorporates both schemes.  This has now been done but it has to go through the full planning procedure once again


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  1. Ford Prefect says:

    Its a shame as Penarth Heights has patchy coverage on most networks!

  2. Mark Foster says:

    The Tories are going to put another 20 cars up and down Windsor Road in the rush hour, just like the Labour Party would have done. Get rid of them! Elect a nationalist who will look after your town and people. Oh sorry, you can’t. They’ve been put in jail.

  3. Penarth realist1 says:

    Even less mobile phone coverage in penarth

  4. Natasha says:

    Pretty sure this is being done by Cardiff based development company Project Three Developments as stated on the front gates of the development.

  5. AK says:

    What happened to the gym ? That seems to have ground to a halt and the forecourt turned into a scrapyard!

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