Posted: 10.10.19 at 10:07 by The Editor
Plans to turn the old Sea View Labour Club into affordable housing have been revealed by Newydd Housing Association.
The planning application states that proposals for the Sea View Labour Club were created in order to devise a ''cohesive, affordable housing development which will be in-keeping with the existing site context and further enhance it from a visual perspective.''
The plans include the:
• Demolition of existing single storey rear
• Refurbishment, conversion and change of use of the public house to provide 20 affordable apartments;
• The erection of a new detached 2-storey apartment building to the rear to provide 8 affordable apartments;
• A widened vehicular access to the residents’ parking courtyard comprising of 15 parking spaces;
• Cycle store, bin store, together with ancillary works and uses.
The application discusses the context and site of the existing building.
It states: ''The existing building is a prominent, red brick structure and contributes to the character of the surrounding area, which is predominantly residential in nature.
''The public house use at this site is already established and represents the fall-back position in planning terms.
''The site is free from environmental designations and constraints.
''It falls within Flood Zone A (at little or no risk of fluvial or coastal/tidal flooding), is not affected by any landscape or nature conservation designations, is not listed or in proximity to any listed buildings and is not within a conservation area.''
A pre-application enquiry gathered the thoughts of stakeholders, residents, the council and the local planning authority before the plans were submitted.
The pre-application responses are summarised in the planning statement.
It states that the application was favourable, ''in light of the positive contribution the development would make to affordable housing, subject to adequate justifications being made with regards to loss and subsequent retention of community use.
''From a design point of view, while the building is not listed nor represents a County Treasure, it is recognised that the
building is characterful and contributes positively to the street scene.''
The proposal states that ''it is vital to retain the building frontages and ensure the design positively contributes to the street scene, like the current building, and provides further
enhancement to the local context.''
In terms of impact to neighbours, a community consultation event was staged to gather the opinions of local residents.
This part of the pre-application phase raised no objections in principle provided the buildings would not be unduly overbearing or unneighbourly.
Likewise, the highways engineer did not raise an objection in principle to the use of the existing (albeit improved) access at the Sea View Labour Club.
The application will be considered by the Vale planning committee