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Objections raised to Penarth flats plan.

Byline: RUTH MOSALSKI Local government reporter ruth.mosalski@walesonline.co.uk

PLANS have been put forward to build new flats on Penarth Head.

The plans are to build 30 flats on the cliff top above Cardiff Bay barrage and Penarth Marina.

The existing property, Northcliff Lodge, is to be sold by the current owners. The existing building "does not have any architectural value".

A previous application for the same site was turned down in January this year when the planning committee refused it on grounds of style, density and the loss of green space.

The design has now been reviewed by Celtic Developments (Penarth) Ltd and will go back to Vale of Glamorgan council. The team behind it say the Design Commission for Wales is supportive of development of the site.

In the previous scheme, the building would have been white but the new scheme is two "complementary bricks". The designers say it will be a "less visible" material than the previous plans. There are currently three parking spots, and 36 new ones would be created.

There have been a number of objections to the scheme.

Ian David, who lives at Mariners Heights, has said: "I strongly object to the proposal for a number of reasons. Firstly it means the destruction of a wildlife habitat which is a rarity in Penarth. The woodland is home to owls, bats and foxes all year round.

"There is also a question of how safe the proposed building would be regarding subsidence and possible landslide. The proposal has already been rejected once so why are we having to go through this again?" Nigel Stannard, from Maughan Terrace, has raised concerns about parking.

"The design is crude, not befitting the area... too many units on the site... lack of parking spaces 30 units equals 60 cars. Bats and birds nest and roost here need to keep green spaces in Penarth. Greedy developers - what we need is social housing not bijoux flats".

Richard Palmer has said: "I would like to register my continuing objection to the proposal. The impact on me and a significant number of my neighbours remains unreasonable. I note that revisions have been made to the proposal; although these are claimed to reduce the visual impact of the proposal, they do nothing to mitigate the broader impact on those who live in properties adjoining the site.

"Having compared the revised levels to those submitted as part of the original application, it is apparent that the size, height and location of this block appears unchanged, and my objections therefore remain".

The consultation period is still open.

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An artist's impression of the new flats that could be built at Penarth Head

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Publication:South Wales Echo (Cardiff, Wales)
Date:Jul 8, 2017
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