St Pauls Church, Penarth -

Way forward to be considered by Vale Cabinet


Published Tuesday 18 March 2014


A report proposing a way forward for the council owned St Paul’s Church, Penarth will be considered at a meeting of the Vale of Glamorgan Council’s Cabinet on 24 March 2014.


The Cabinet will be asked to agree to market an opportunity for the use of St Paul's Church for community/recreational uses, subject to the necessary and relevant planning processes being followed.


The intention of the report is to provide an opportunity for any third parties to come forward with proposals for the premises.  This approach will provide an opportunity to anyone with an interest in using the site for community or recreational use to come forward with proposals to use the site, and will also allow the Penarth Boxing Club and Penarth Gymnastics Club to come forward with proposals. Also a potential developer may be able to work with the two clubs or with other community groups to bring forward proposals for the use of the premises. 


Rob Thomas, the director of development services, said: “At this stage it is considered that proposals from third parties will need to be financially viable, but will also be judged by the council on the basis of the amount and quality of floor space delivered for community/recreational uses.  Following marketing the intention is to report the outcome of that marketing exercise to a future Cabinet in order to determine the most appropriate way forward.


“It is anticipated that a formal marketing exercise will be carried out by the council via property agents in the near future.”


Councillor Gwyn John, Cabinet Member for leisure, parks, culture and sport development, said: “The council is keen to receive proposals from the boxing club, gymnastics club and from other community groups, social enterprises, developers or any other third party with the ability to help deliver a financially viable future for St Paul’s Church.  This is an opportunity for organisations and individuals, either on their own or together, to help deliver a scheme that includes floor space for potentially a broad range of community activities and uses.  I look forward in anticipation to the council receiving imaginative, financially sustainable proposals.”