Penarth Town Council’s planning committee has formally criticised the developers of the proposed new 21-apartment residential development on the site of the former Monty Smith garage for “riding roughshod” over the council.
As reported by PDN on January 3rd 2019, the developers – via their agents WYG – had invited comments on the Monty Smith scheme from local residents and from Penarth Town Council in a what was described as a “pre-application consultation“. [See PDN http://tinyurl.com/yaock6g9 ]
In response, Penarth Town Council had sent a long letter to the developers which said that the scheme constituted over-development of the site, was out of scale with the surrounding houses and listed a number of other issues …. but didn’t get so much as the courtesy of reply from the developers.
It’s now clear that the developers have airily dismissed all the comments made by Penarth Town Council – and by local residents – and has lodged a full, unchanged and unamended planning application with the Vale of Glamorgan Council.
In that formal planning application the developers say “No specific comments were received which were felt to warrant alterations or variation to the proposed development scheme as consulted upon during the pre-application consultation period. Therefore, the submitted plans and drawings remain unchanged.”
…This has not gone down at all well with Penarth Town Council.
Planning committee chairman Cllr Nigel Humphrey (Labour St Augustines) said Penarth Town Council’s letter had given the developers the opportunity to address the council’s concerns but “as far as I can see nothing has changed” .
He said that the developers had asserted in their Consultation Report (to the Vale Council) that a “robust pre-application process has been undertaken to ensure the content of the application is suitable. As such the application can be validated and registered properly”. Cllr Humphrey said “ I would say this is not the case”
Cllr Humphrey went on to say “The intention of the legislation is that local communities should have an early opportunity to influence development which they then have to live with. Our comments have been dismissively ignored and the legislation rendered meaningless”. Cllr Humphrey proposed to send his comments to the Vale of Glamorgan Council planning committee.
Cllr Mark Wilson (Labour Stanwell) said he saw very little change in the developers’ proposals and very little consultation. He reminded members that the site was “a key frontage on Windsor Road”. The developers had been given an opprtunity to have a development which would be “much more consistent with what’s there at the moment“.
Cllr Wilson added “They’ve ridden roughshod over us to be honest. They’ve ticked some boxes. This is what it feels like.They’re not going to listen to us. They’re just going to steamroller it through . To say that the application has been validated is a big statement and I think it’s totally unjustified.” He “strongly supported” the Town Clerk’s view that the council should oppose this application .
Cllr Martin Turner (Conservative Plymouth Ward) said the developers should at least have acknowledged council’s comments . The Town Clerk confirmed that the council had not received the courtesy of a response, nor had the developers responded to the invitation to attend a planning committee meeting to give a presentation explaining the development to the council.
Penarth Town Council will now formally object to the development at 56 Windsor Road . The final decision will be made by the Vale of Glamorgan Council.