The Vale of Glamorgan Council is to undertake a planning investigation into the conversion of part of a financial firm’s offices in Hickman Road, Penarth, into residential accommodation.
The premises – a former Victorian end-terrace house – have been used by Romilly Financial since 2004 as offices.
In 2014 however, planning permission was applied for – and received – for “change of use” of the upper floors of the existing building from commercial/financial services to a 2 bedroom residential maisonette. There were also to be extensions to the existing building, and decking was to be installed at first floor level. The office accommodation on the ground floor was to be retained.
Amongst the conditions laid down by the council in 2014 was a requirement to provide details of a “terrace screen, no less than 1.8 metres in height” to be “fixed in place in accordance with the approved details prior to the first occupation of the maisonette” .
It was also stipulated that no part of the development should be brought into beneficial use until such time as the parking areas [at the rear of the building] had been laid out in accordance the approved plan and should “serve only the residents of the maisonette hereby approved” .
The Vale Council’s announcement says only that the investigation is into an allegation that the scheme has not been built in accordance with planning permission.