Agenda Item No
The Vale of Glamorgan Council
Cabinet Meeting: 21 January, 2013
Report of the Cabinet Member for Regeneration, Innovation,
Planning and Transportation
Penarth Esplanade and Pier Pavilion Update
Purpose of the Report
1. To provide
Members with information relating to the current position with
regards to the refurbishment of the Penarth Pier Pavilion and the
former Beachcliff premises at the Esplanade. The report also
provides an update on wider issues relating to the Esplanade.
1. That the
progress in respect of the Penarth Pier Pavilion and the current
situation relating to Beachcliff be noted.
2. That a further
report be presented to Cabinet in due course on progress relating
to the Pier Pavilion and to the wider Esplanade area.
Reasons for the Recommendations
1. The report is
for noting and serves as an update in respect of the Pier Pavilion
project and Esplanade.
2. To apprise
Members of progress.
Penarth Pier Pavilion
2. In terms of the
Penarth Pier Pavilion, Members will recall that following a
marketing exercise carried out in 2005 the Council's consultants,
King Sturge, indicated that given the restrictions relating to the
location of the building and the costs of refurbishment it was
unlikely that the Council would receive any interest in the
building from commercial developers. In September 2005 the matter
was reported to Cabinet with an indication that Penarth Arts
and Crafts Limited (PACL) would be interested in putting forward a
proposal. PACL met with officers and Members and following the
production of an initial business case the matter was reported back
to Cabinet in January 2007 at which time support for the approach
proposed was given. PACL is the organisation which runs the
Washington Gallery in Penarth and is both a not for profit company
and a charity.
3. The project
received development funding support from the Council and officers
from the Council's Project Management Unit, Regulatory Services and
Property have worked closely with the PACL team to take forward the
transfer of the building via a Community Asset Transfer model and
lease and to aid their team in developing its business case and
funding bids. The project has been successful in gaining funding
support from the Council, the Heritage Lottery Fund, the Big
Lottery Fund (Community Asset Transfer), from the Welsh Government
under its Communities and Facilities grant and from CADW.
More recently its received further revenue funding support under
the Welsh Government's Coastal Communities funding.
4. In the period
2010-2011 the detailed designs for the proposals were developed and
both planning and listed building applications were submitted and
approved. PACL strengthened its consultancy support group by
appointing project management support and following a tender
exercise the works contract commenced on site in October 2012. The
contract cost is £2,987,425 and R and M Williams are the
contractors. It is expected that the construction work will be
complete by November 2013.
discussions and agreements remain to be concluded in respect of the
operational issues surrounding the project and offers are
discussing waste disposal, opening times and security issues with
the PACL team. Additionally works and services need to be
programmed with the existing tenants and meetings to discuss their
access and services upgrading and costs both need concluding.
6. In late summer
2012 a new group of trustees were brought on board by PACL to drive
the project and currently the scheme is both on budget and on
programme. An officer from the Council's Project Management Unit
continues to attend the PACL project meetings to observe and aid
the process of refurbishment of this important asset.
7. In terms of the
Beachcliff premises, planning permission was granted in respect of
application 2008/01232/FUL (registered on 27th January 2009)
on 13th March 2009. The application proposed the renovation
of the existing building including the demolition and rebuilding of
the rear extensions and refurbishment of the front and side
elevations. It also included a change of use of part of the
ground floor from a restaurant to a gym and the change of use of
part of the first floor from a restaurant to residential
accommodation. The resultant schedule of accommodation within
the building would comprise a gym, café and fish and chip shop on
the ground floor and 7 residential units within the first, second
and third floors.
8. When work
subsequently commenced on this scheme it was noted that works of
demolition extended beyond those approved. A further
application was submitted on 24th October 2010 and approval was
granted on 17th December 2010 for restoration and alteration of the
building as remaining into 4 residential units, with
restaurant/café uses and a gym at ground floor.
notification of commencement of works was provided to the Council
as building control authority in February 2011. However,
since that time little works for progressing the redevelopment,
other than further demolition, have been undertaken noting that
stabilisation works to the facing wall to the rear of the site have
subsequently had to have been undertaken. In this regard
works were undertaken under contract at the latter part of 2011,
10. In terms
of the condition of the site, the Council has been concerned for a
considerable time at the appearance of this key site and the fact
that works have not progressed to any meaningful extent. A
Section 215 Notice was served in November 2009 prior to the works
commencing on site in compliance with the 2010/01030/FUL
permission. The grant of this permission and its
implementation on site effectively superseded the requirements of
the Section 215 Notice.
11. A Breach
of Condition Notice was then served in respect of conditions
attached to the 2010/01030/FUL permission relating to the
requirement for the submission of a method statement for
demolition. The details were submitted and compliance with
the Breach of Condition Notice achieved.
Relevant Issues and Options
majority of issues relating to the PACL project have been tied up
in the funding and lease documents which are already in
place. Outside of those lease and funding documents the main
issue remains how the public realm both immediately adjacent the
pavilion building and in the local vicinity might be improved. The
area immediately in front of the building, as public highway, was
not leased to PACL but all remain keen to improve the point of
access to the building and surfacing in this location could add to
the quality of the project.
building will also need to consider parking, loading and access
requirements and again no part of the highway has been dedicated
for their use. However the draft Corporate Plan for 2013-2017 does
seek to work with partners to enhance and regenerate the Penarth
Esplanade, and ensure sustainable and convenient links with both
the Town Centre and Penarth Haven by 2016/17. Both funding and
improvement options will need to be considered as no dedicated
funding is included in the current capital programme of the
14. In terms
of the Beachcliff premises, as indicated above, the Council has
been concerned for a considerable amount of time in respect of the
appearance of the site and the fact that the development has not
progressed. In this regard, complaints have been received
that the permissions that exist have not been implemented. In
this regard, it is pertinent to note that once a permission has
been issued, there is no legal requirement for a prospective
developer to implement that permission, and the Council, as a
consequence, has been of the view that it must seek to engage with
the developer in terms of ensuring an effective and satisfactory
outcome to the ongoing situation.
15. As a
consequence officers have met recently with the prospective
developers to seek assurances that the scheme will be
implemented. The most recent meeting took place on the 5th
December 2012 when assurances were given that work would commence
on the 7th January with a target completion date of late October
this year. This ties in with the completion date for the Pier
Alongside these two key projects, and as stated above the Council's
Draft Corporate Plan 2013-17 includes the following actions under
the theme of Maximising Opportunities:
"1. Work with partners to enhance and regenerate
the Penarth Esplanade, and ensure sustainable and convenient links
with the Town Centre and Penarth Haven (2016/17)
2. Work with key partners in implementing proposals
to refurbish Penarth Pier Pavilion (2013/14)"
In terms of action 1, I have recently met with
stakeholders to consider the role of the Esplanade and to consider
ideas and suggestions for enhancement. This is something that
I am keen to progress further during 2013 and I intend to report
further on progress in this regard in due course.
Resource Implications (Financial and Employment)
costs of Project Management Unit support have, to date, been met
from within the former Environmental and Economic Development
Departments budgets. No funding currently exists to take forward
design options for the promenade.
will be costs relating to progressing matters relating to the wider
Esplanade and enhancing the role of the Esplanade as a visitor
attraction and destination. There will be cost implications
relating to any enhancement work and this will have to be the
subject of feasibility in due course.
19. In terms
of the works undertaken to the wall to the rear of the former
Beachcliff premises, the costs associated were met within the
Council's Property and Legal Groups.
Sustainability and Climate Change Implications
20. The PACL
project is utilising the Breeam methodology to ensure the scheme
designs are sustainable.
Legal Implications (to Include Human Rights Implications)
arising directly out of this report.
Crime and Disorder Implications
arising directly out of this report.
Equal Opportunities Implications (to include Welsh Language
arising directly out of this report.
24. As noted
above, the draft Corporate Plan includes reference to the Pier
Pavilion project and the regeneration of the Esplanade.
Policy Framework and Budget
25. This is
a matter for Executive decision.
Consultation (including Ward Member Consultation)
members have been consulted on this report.
Relevant Scrutiny Committee
None directly applicable.
Rob Thomas, Director of Development Services -
John Dent, Major Project Manager - 01446
Group Engineer - Property
Operational Manager, Parks and Ground
Rob Thomas, Director of Development Services,