A COUPLE could be one step closer to building their dream house in one of the most sought after locations of Penarth.

Stuart and Lizzie Reid want to knock down their 1970s-style four-bed two-storey home on Cliff Parade and re-build a modern house with outdoor swimming pool.

However, neighbours are concerned about privacy and tree damage.

Making amendments to real estate on Cliff Parade where the couple want to build can be as tricky as, say, implementing a new 20mph speed limit on a country...

Cliff Parade and the streets behind Penarth’s famous esplanade are one of the most upmarket postcodes in Wales, with residents proud of their stately Victorian manors which can sell for over £1m a throw.

Mr and Mrs Reid first applied for construction of a replacement house in 2021 which was rejected due to privacy concerns.

Penarth Times: The plans for 4 Cliff ParadeThe plans for 4 Cliff Parade (Image: Vale of Glamorgan planning file)

At the latest Penarth Town Council, the recommendation of which is an advisory to Vale Council’s planning committee, town councillors looked kindly on amendments to designs saying they would “reduce the impact on the neighbouring dwellings in terms of overlooking and being overbearing.”

Those amendments include reduction in the size of a balcony, removal of a second-floor roof terrace, privacy screens being installed, and a reduction in the height of the development.

Commenting on the amendments at the town council meeting on February 14, Labour councillor Ian Buckley, of the Cornerswell Ward, said: “The application has tried to meet the objections we brought up last time.

“It was how imposing it was on the neighbours that was the issue.”

Penarth Times: The original houseThe original house (Image: Google Maps)

Penarth Times: Houses can go for £1m on the streetHouses can go for £1m on the street (Image: Google Maps)

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In their first assessment, Penarth Town Council found the proposed new build would cause a loss of privacy for residents living at numbers two and six Cliff Parade.

It said the “overbearing side elevation” would have an "unacceptable impact on the living conditions of the occupiers" and Vale of Glamorgan planners said the proposed design would be "visually incongruous" and insensitively developed, hurting the character of the wider street scene.

Loyn + Co Architects are assisting Mr and Mrs Reid with their renovation and have acknowledged key issues from the previous application.

Architects working on the project said the new application will take measures to reduce the overlooking that currently exists.

They said: “The key issues to address in this new application are scale and massing, overlooking, and maintaining neighbours' amenities.

“The balcony is set back further in the site reducing the impact of the balcony looking south towards number six, all these measures will reduce the overlooking currently exists.”

Look at the planning application for Cliff Parade and the amendments searching application number 2023/00888/FUL on the Vale of Glamorgan Council's planning portal.

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