One of the most ambitious property re-developments yet seen in Penarth’s Paget Road is currently under way at a mid-terrace house – Number 20.
One way or another, most of Paget Road’s existing houses have already been re-developed or extended or undergone roof conversions to take full advantage of the sweeping views over Cardiff Bay which are offered by almost every home in the two main terraces.
However one of the most ambitious re-developments yet seen in that street is now under way at No 20 Paget Road where almost the entire house has been de-gutted and a new rear extension is being added.
The huge project has involved swathing much of the house in plastic sheeting, with even a temporary corrugated-iron roof being installed to keep the worst of the weather at bay during building work.
Eventually the traditional slate roof will be restored and – apart from the addition of velux-type windows – will look very much as it does now.
The surprise for neighbours however may be at the rear of the property where an ultra-modern two-storey extension is being been added – although it’s not as large as the design which was originally proposed.
When Penarth Town Council’s planning committee first considered the original planning application it said that “the proposed extension, which also includes raising the ridge height of the terraced dwelling, is overly large and out of character with the dwelling resulting in an overbearing and un-neighbourly form of development”.
[PDN Note: Subsequently the size of the rear extension was reduced from three storeys to two and the ridge height of the roof will now be the same as the Victorian original] .
The application was then approved on a “delegated” basis. Approving the application, the Head of Planning at the Vale Council Marcus Goldsworthy said “it is considered that the proposals do not result in an unacceptable detrimental impact upon the amenity of neighbouring residential properties or the character of the property or wider area.”
The sheer scale of the financial investment being made at this property alone underscores the rising value of all the houses in this Victorian, traditional – but now highly desirable – part of Penarth.