The long-derelict plot of land adjacent to Cogan Railway Station – which was to have been the site of a massive block of social housing apartments – IS now definitely set to become an advanced “Metro Transport Hub”.
Originally the land included the Cogan Old Age Pensioners’ Hall (which is about to be demolished) . The plot of land also includes part of what was the roadway which led to the North Western end of the original Penarth Docks and ran beneath the present railway and the main road into Penarth.
The land was bought by the contractors Jehu from former Penarth car dealer Robert Smith. Jehu put in a controversial planning application to build a large block of low-rent social housing apartments on the site.
The proposed scheme was criticised as “a gross monstrosity at the gateway to Penarth” After various modifications were made to the initial scheme, it was given planning permission.
Towards the end of last year it emerged that Jehu quietly sold the land to the Welsh Labour Government for £620,000 – a sum far in excess of what they had bought it for.
As reported on PDN last month (See https://tinyurl.com/ydbclc77) the Land Registry now records that the plot s now owned by “THE WELSH MINISTERS of Director Of Legal Services, Crown Building, Cathays Park, Cardiff CF10 3NQ and of Welsh Goverment, Transport Department, Crown Building, Cathays Park, Cardiff CF10 3NQ.”
One PDN source had accurately forecast that there were plans afoot to develop a “transport hub” in association with Network Rail on the site. However another PDN source had dioscovered that amongst the options also being looked at by the Welsh Labour Government was the construction of an accommodation block which would offer a choice of 2 schemes for the site . One was apparently to house African immigrants, and the other was to house “recovering drug addicts” and/or alcoholics during an intermediate stage in their rehabilitation. Both these schemes are now dead in the water.
Now after several requests – a letter from the Rail Project Manager in the Welsh Labour Government has, at long last, confirmed that a “Metro Transport Hub” is to be developed on the site although no planning application of any kind has yet been submitted.