DETAILS have been published on the plan to demolish the existing Belle Vue Pavilion.
The Vale of Glamorgan Council’s plan is to demolish the period building, which is located within the Penarth Conservation Area, and replace it with a brand new GP surgery in a new suburb.
Within the application, included in the Heritage Impact Assessment it says that in 2015 a conditions survey was undertaken, which concluded that the externals of the building are “Life Expired” and the extent of the risks have the potential to close the building.
The purpose of a Heritage Impact Assessment is to explore and understand the significance of a heritage asset and to assess the potential impacts of the proposals on those assets.
They add that since the Condition Report a series of formal consultations were undertaken with “existing users of the facility, and to engage with residents, regarding the future of the building” and that “to demolish and not replace the building is just not an option.”
The objectives of the project are:
• That the venue becomes fully inclusive and used on a regular basis by community groups and organisations for regular activities, events and classes, all year around
• The building promotes further usage of the park
• The building is fully accessible
• The building respects the character of the conservation area
• The building is more energy efficient
In the application, the Vale of Glamorgan Council added that the vision for the project “is to create a venue that is safe, inclusive and an attractive community space” and “where local residents and groups can meet, socialise and enjoy a range of activities.”
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