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Coal Exchange work examined by council to see if it exceeds planning consent.

Byline: KATIE GUPWELL Reporter katieann.gupwell@walesonline.co.uk

CARDIFF council is examining whether the Coal Exchange developer is carrying out work without planning consent.

Cardiff's landmark Coal Exchange reopened in May as the Exchange Hotel after a huge and controversial project to redevelop the dilapidated building. But developer Signature Living is still in the process of restoring parts of the listed building.

And Cardiff South and Penarth MP Stephen Doughty has claimed it has not followed the correct procedures. The allegation surfaced after the firm applied to put a glass box on the top of the historic building to house additional facilities at the hotel.

Mr Doughty said: "Major work altering the external parts of this listed heritage building appears to be going on, it appears potentially without relevant planning consents, and that they do not appear to have been following the correct process for applying for consent in the first place.

"I have asked Cardiff council to investigate fully and to take appropriate action if any breaches are found."

Cardiff council said the issue was complex and "a number of planning consents were in place".

However, it said some work visible from the exterior "appears to go beyond the scope of existing consents".

When asked about the issue, a spokesman for Signature Living said: "Work has not begun on the proposed extension at the Exchange Hotel. Work currently being carried out at the hotel is part of the ongoing, approved refurbishment of the Coal Exchange building."

The recent application submitted by Signature Living proposes to extend the upper floors of the Coal Exchange to create additional bedrooms and function space.

In the pictures it looks as though a big glass box could be built on top of the building.

A spokesman for Cardiff council said officers would soon meet with the applicant to discuss the current proposals.

"During this meeting, the recent installation of steelwork on the roof will also be considered," he added.

"This may be in relation to a consented internal lift shaft but the protrusion above the roof appears to go beyond the scope of existing consents.

"Further dialogue and consideration of all relevant matters will help inform the most appropriate way forwards.

"Comments are also welcomed on the recently submitted plans so that they can be considered as part of the process of assessing the proposals."

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Work is ongoing at the Coal Exchange in Cardiff Bay. Below, plans submitted earlier this week show a glass box on the roof of the building D MATTHEWS

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