Garden Grabbing application by Chris Loyn 21, Victoria Road, Penarth -
PlanningApplication Details for : 2015/01357/CAC
For a monstrosity of a new 2 Storey building over TWO back gardens in a residential lane behind Victoria Road next to a listed property in a conservation area.
Chris Loyn Design & Access Statement doesn't address issues such as: analysis of the character of the locality, explanation of how the scheme has been designed to respond to that character, consideration of how the proposal complements and respects the character of the street and block, is the development likely to cause unacceptable harm to the amenity of neighbouring residents, are access and parking arrangements adequate and appropriate and so on. Flowery architect language masks the reality of this modern ugly infill. Examples of his modern brutalist design are shown - but there's no place for this in Penarth's conservation area amidst listed properties [If near a Listed Building, adverse effect of the development on the setting of the Listed Building].
There's no footpath. How are fire engines or ambulances or delivery lorries and vans to access? How's rubbish and recycling collected? Loyn's disabled relative needs 24/7 health-service carers, likely to park in the narrow lane as the limited space adjacent is taken by the personal car.
The introduction of traffic to a quiet lane, not a highway, in a conservation area will substantially detract NOT enhance the particular character of the locality or and specifically WILL NOT respond to the context of the lane, but architect Loyn is silent.
And Chris Loyn has helpfully provided some photos of these aberrations
|From Penarth Conservation Area Appraisal and Management PlanJuly 2011 |
To the south along Victoria Road the streetscene lacks the imposing qualities of the Square but is greatly enhanced by several Grade II listed buildings. These are Nos. 20 and 22 Victoria Road, a pair of semi-detached houses designed in an “Arts and Crafts” style circa. 1892 by Coates-Carter
An area of particular significance is concentrated at the junction of Archer Road and Victoria Road. These include the large houses at Nos. 25 Victoria Road and 24 Archer Road, Grade II listed buildings built out of red brick with contrasting black and white timber detailing. The Victorian houses 14 – 22 (evens), 23, 24 – 30 (evens) are also listed.
Being in a conservation area, Chris Loyn's 21 Victora Road is under an 'Article 4' direction that further controls alterations and extensions to dwellinghouses. The objective of these controls is to "provide for the preservation and enhancement of the special character of the conservation areas. The intention is not to stifle change, but to provide for the positive management of these unique areas".
Chris Loyn has secured improvements for disabled access, but remains discreet about operating his business from the house. He does not explain that moving out his disabled relative will allow expansion of his business offices in the property.
|Chris Loyn indicates the materials he might use - more reminiscent|
of an allotment than a conservation area
|Architect Chris Loyn's landscaping doesn't inspire confidence|