The former Robert Smith car showroom at Windsor Road Penarth has been the subject of a site visit today by members of the Vale of Glamorgan planning committee, accompanied by some Penarth Town councillors and ward members.
When it meets tonight, the planning committee will consider an application to convert the upper floor of the building into 12 apartments, install a commercial gymnasium on the ground floor.
Six local residents have written to the Vale of Glamorgan Council about the scheme . They have highlighted issues of parking congestion in the area and the “adverse impacts of the development” on the area.
Amongst the letters from the public however there is at least one purporting to express “concerns in relation to lack of provision for affordable housing” in the area.
The Vale planning office said that “The principal issue in respect of amenity is whether the development would result in unacceptable levels of overlooking toward neighbouring properties, as well as the impact of the extension of the building and basement access ramp”
On parking, the officers say “It is considered that visitor parking demand can reasonably be accommodated within the surrounding streets, if visitors elect to drive to the site.”
However Vale Council planning officers are recommending that the planning committee should APPROVE the scheme at tonight’s meeting – subject to “a legal agreement requiring payment of an off-site affordable housing contribution and completion of development within 24 months”.