Work on Cardiff’s Coal Exchange examined to see if it goes beyond planning consent

Cardiff Exchange Walesonline 201017Wales online reports that Cardiff council is examining whether the Coal Exchange developer is carrying out work without planning consent.

Wales online writes:

Cardiff ’s landmark Coal Exchange reopened in May as The Exchange Hotel after a huge and controversial project to redevelop the dilapidated building. But developers Signature Living is still in the process of restoring parts of the listed building. And Cardiff South and Penarth MP Stephen Doughty has claimed it has not followed the correct procedures. The allegation surfaced after the firm applied to put a glass box on the top of the historic building to house additional facilities.

.. The recent application submitted by Signature Living proposes to extend the upper floors of the Coal Exchange to create additional bedrooms and function space. In the pictures it looks as though a big glass box could be built on top of the building. A spokesman for Cardiff council said: ‘Officers will soon meet with the applicant to discuss the current proposals. During this meeting the recent installation of steelwork on the roof will also be considered’. The spokesman added: ‘This may be in relation to a consented internal lift shaft but the protrusion above the roof appears to go beyond the scope of existing consents. Further dialogue and consideration of all relevant matters will help inform the most appropriate way forwards. Comments are also welcomed on the recently submitted plans so that they can be considered as part of the process of assessing the proposals.’

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