A planning application to install a small glass roofed “verandah” on the picturesque Holly Cottage, at Tower Hill, Penarth has been recommended for refusal by Penarth Town Council’s planning committee.
Holly Cottage is on the Northern side of Tower Hill Lane and a few yards East of Tower Hill cottages – in the heart of the Penarth Conservation Area.It is proposed that the verandah would be made of aluminium with a glass roof and occupy an area of 9 square meters at the front right-hand side of the building and would protrude out further than the existing front porch.
The council’s planning consultant [ Emma Langmaid of Prospero Consulting] stated that although the proposed materials (glass and black painted aluminium) would be acceptable for the area, the proposed verandah itself would be an “alien feature” .
Ms Langmaid’s report said such proposals should accept the historic and cultural character of the dwelling. The proposed verandah, she said, “would not respect or enhance the character of the dwelling “ and recommended rejection of the proposal.
Chairing the meeting was Cllr Mike Cuddy (Labour St Augustines) who is deputy chairman of planning.
Cllr Cuddy lives in Paget Place which is also within the Penarth Conservation area and who – in the teeth of local opposition – has himself has gained planning permission to build a “contemporary” modernistic box-like second home at the side of his own Victorian house in Paget Place.
Commenting on Ms Langmaid’s observations on the Tower Hill verandah planning application, Cllr Cuddy commented “ I think it’s a reasonable observation on behalf of our planning consultant . Tower Hill is in the centre of the Conservation Area” – he said. [Cllr Cuddy’s home is also within the Penarth Conservation Area – at Paget Place Penarth – as is the site of the new modernistic house he has won permission to erect in his grounds]
As deputy chairman of Penarth Town Council , Cllr Cuddy was standing in for Cllr Nigel Humphrey (Labour St Augustines) who is the designated chairman of the planning committee but who was not in attendance at this week’s meeting.
[Cllr Humphrey’s home in Clive Place is currently the subject of a second Enforcement Investigation by the Vale of Glamorgan Council planning department relating to the location of a steel shipping container in his garden.]
The final decision on the proposal for the little verandah at Holly Cottage, Tower Hill will be made by a Vale of Glamorgan Council planning officer.