The existing builder’s yard which would be converted into a new physiotherapy and Pilates studio

A well-established local physiotherapy practice  has applied for planning permission to convert a back-lane builder’s yard  off Grove Place/Victoria Bridge into a new physiotherapy studio.

The application is for “change of use” of the existing premises to “A2 Professional Services” ( The existing practice provides not only physiotherapy services but also  Pilates classes which are currently held in a rented church hall).

The existing town-centre builder’s yard – which is surrounded by houses – would become a physiotherapy/Pilates studio.

The existing builder’s yard – which is surrounded by residential properties –  comprises the yard area itself  and two buildings – an office building and a  two storey warehouse.

The site is currently accessed via a lane off Grove Place / Victoria Bridge and via a roller-shutter entrance at the rear of  Windsor Road – which is it proposed to block up. Access to the Physiotherapy practice would be via the existing lane from Grove Place / Victoria Bridge.

The existing two storey office building would be upgraded

The application says there would be 2-3 car parking spaces within “The Courtyard” – however patients would be strongly advised to park in the town centre, get public transport using buses or the nearby train station or to walk or cycle.

The applicant says “As a healthcare provider we would certainly be promoting walking and cycling and we would have lots of bicycle racks in the Courtyard for patients to lock up their bikes” 

No additional buildings would erected on the site but the existing premises would be upgraded internally and externally. The work would be carried out in two phases.

The application is still under consideration by the Vale of Glamorgan Council and has yet to be discussed by Penarth Town Council’s planning committee .


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  1. Peter Church says:

    This building backs directly onto several houses on Railway Terrace.
    A Pilates studio would have music (to dance to) which I’m sure locals would not be very happy about.
    Not to mention the parking issues.
    Reject, reject, reject!

  2. Andrew Worsley says:

    Look Peter Church when the old Monty Smiths garage has been converted to a multi storey car park which all sensible people want and agree is needed, there wont be a parking problem.

  3. max says:

    All sensible people that wouldnt be living next to a car park that is.
    Pretty certain the local residents would have more of an issue with a multi storey car park on their doorstep or overlooking their property.
    Pilates classes are pretty low key anyway centring around controlled breathing, postural realignment, relaxation and core muscle work and doesnt include anywhere near the level of noise pollution that you may think. Access however would be an issue that i dont think can simply be alleviated by prompting people not to use their cars.

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