Flats plan for wallpaper store

12 January 2017

Plans have been unveiled to build flats on the site of a long-established Grangetown wallpaper and decorating store.

FA Jones in Penarth Road is closing after more than 65 years, with the sons of founder Frederick Jones retiring. A closing down sale started in the last few days, with the property having being on the market for some months.

The building looks set to be demolished to make way for 19 one and two-bedroomed flats – and a ground floor shop.

Developers J G Hale Construction want to to build 13 one bedroomed “affordable” flats, two flats for disabled people and four two-bedroomed flats on three floors.

The development also makes use of a rear coach house.

The store had been extended over the years and one part of the existing building is Victorian with quite distinctive window arches.

The Neath-based developers say in their planning document: “Although the existing building on the corner of North Street with Penarth Road is recognised as having some quality and architectural merit, there is nothing on site that it is considered of sufficient quality to require its retention, thus it is considered that total demolition and rebuilding of the site is appropriate.”

The plans do not include parking places, with the developers saying public transport is nearby and it was in an “inherently excellent sustainable location.” They said that the “zero parking provision” principle was accepted in discussions with planning officials.

Councillor Lynda Thorne has asked local residents with comments and views on the plans to contact her. Email: Lynda.Thorne@cardiff.gov.uk

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