A scheme to re-develop a traditional large vintage semi-detached house in Bradford Place Penarth – within the Penarth Conservation Area – has been recommended for refusal by the planning committee of Penarth Town Council.
The house involved – Tregolan House – is next door to the classic shipowner’s mansion The Lindens – and has in recent years been rented out as 4 flats .
Now however a planning application has now been submitted on behalf of Oakleigh House Developments Ltd to redevelop the property, with the number of apartments increased from 4 to 6 – all with two bedrooms.
To create the extra accommodation,it’s proposed to add a large modern glazed 3-storey extension at the rear of the property. Two of the flats would have balconies.
Tregolan House – as seen from Bradford Place – would have a three-storey modern glazed extension added to the side of it which extends into the rear garden of the property. The major change would be visible from the existing properties on either side of Tregolan House site.
The developers had already had pre-application discussions with the Vale of Glamorgan Council’s planning office prior to submitting the application….however the scheme was not well-received by Penarth Town Council’s planning committee.
The Town Clerk, Emma Boylan, reading out the proposal quoted the developers as saying that the front wall (of the front garden) was “in a dangerous condition and at risk of collapse”. It would be rebuilt to match the existing wall or retained. It was noted that a tree survey and arboricultural impact assessment would be required.
The Town Clerk said Penarth Town Council’s own consultant [Emma Langmaid of Prospero Consultancy – who vets all proposals coming before Penarth Council] – had recommended that the council’s planning committee should object to the scheme. She said the proposed extension had not been “sensitively designed” .
Ms Langmaid said the side elevation of the extension “creates a large mass with a considerable amount of glazing” and appeared to be “unneighbourly” and would “lead to loss of privacy and overlooking” – factors which the Vale of Glamorgan Council had already pointed out in its response to the pre-application proposal . Ms Langmaid added that the development would also fail to preserve or enhance the character of the Penarth Conservation Area .
Cllr Rhiannon Birch (Labour Cornerswell) said the proposed extension “looked like an office block” . She said it was “overdevelopment of the site”. She pointed out that there was already other developments on Bradford Place “some of which are extremely ugly” and they should not be added to .
Cllr Gary Allman (Conservative St Augustines) was also against the proposal
Cllr Mike Cuddy (Labour St Augustines) said two letters of objection from local residents had been received including from the property next door “The Lindens” .
Chairing the meeting, Cllr Nigel Humphrey (Labour St Augustines) said the size of the extension at the rear would mean neighbours “suffering considerable loss of light“. He said the Vale planning officer dealing with the application had already gone back to the agents to repeat some of the concerns highlighted when the pre-application submission had been made.
The officer was expecting to receive “amendments”. If those amendments were sufficiently significant then the matter would be referred back to Penarth Town Council planning committee.
Cllr Martin Turner (Conservative Plymouth Ward) asked whether the Penarth Council would now be formally objecting to the development [ and would be informing the Vale of Glamorgan Council accordingly] .
It was confirmed that this was the case.