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The Penarth Conservation Area had been the first in the Vale of Glamorgan to benefit from a “modern” appraisal and management plan in 1996.  Best practice indicated that an appraisal should be undertaken every five years and, consequently, the one adopted in 1996 was considered to be significantly out of date.  A preliminary consultation had been carried out at the start of the process and, once the draft Appraisal had been prepared, a second consultation exercise had been undertaken lasting six weeks.  Appendix B to the report, which contained Penarth Town Council’s representations and the Council’s response, was tabled at the meeting.  A suggestion was made at the public exhibition to include a map identifying those properties subject to an Article 4(2) Direction and that, along with the schedule of properties, had been included in the document proposed for adoption. 


The document appended to the report was split into two sections.  Section 1 contained the Appraisal which recorded and analysed the various features that gave each Conservation Area its special architectural and historic interest.  Section 2, the Management Plan, set out the process and policies which could enhance the character and appearance of each Conservation Area.  It was noted that the Management Plan had been prepared with an awareness of limited Council resources and that proposals for which the Council was responsible might take longer than was desirable to implement.  In order to add further weight to those documents, it was intended to adopt the Appraisals and Management Plans as Supplementary Planning Guidance (SPG) to the Adopted Unitary Development Plan (1996 - 2011).  The adoption of those Appraisals and Management Plans as SPG would help guide developers and encourage best practice. In addition, those documents would form part of the evidence base for the Local Development Plan which was currently being prepared.  As part of the character appraisal process, a thorough survey and review of the existing boundary of the Conservation Area was undertaken.  A summary of the findings and recommendations was contained within paragraph 13 of the report.  Full details, including a revised boundary map, could be found in the Appraisal.  The Cabinet Member drew attention to certain inaccuracies / typographical errors within the Appraisal and Management Plan which he confirmed would be amended prior to publication.  Thanks were expressed to the officers involved in the production of the document.


This was a matter for Executive decision.


RESOLVED - T H A T, subject to consultation with Planning Committee:


(1)       The Appraisal and Management Plan be approved and formally adopted by the Council under Section 71 of the Planning (Listed Buildings and Conservation Areas) Act, 1990, and as Supplementary Planning Guidance to the Adopted Unitary Development Plan (1996-2011).


(2)       The Appraisal and Management Plan document be published and distributed in Penarth library and made available for viewing and downloading on the Council’s website.


(3)       The First Minister of the Welsh Government and Cadw be formally advised of the adoption of the appraisals by the Vale of Glamorgan Council and be provided with a boundary plan of the area to which the designation applied for identification and record purposes.


 (4)      An advertisement be placed in a local newspaper and London Gazette notifying of any variations made to the Conservation Area boundary, with particulars of its effect.


Reasons for decisions


(1)       To guide development proposals within and affecting the setting of the conservation area and to interpret, augment and clarify Policy Env 17 of the Adopted Unitary Development Plan (1996-2011) as it relates to those areas.


(2)       To fulfil the Council’s duty under Section 71 of the Planning (Listed Buildings and Conservation Areas) Act, 1990 to formulate and publish proposals for the preservation and enhancement of conservation areas.


(3&4)  As required by Section 70 of the Planning (Listed Buildings and Conservation Areas) Act, 1990.”




Attached as Appendix - Report to Cabinet: 20th July, 2011