AN ancient farmhouse that used to belong to the constable of Cardigan Castle is to be restored.

Swallow Boats owner Nick Newland has won permission to restore the 13th century Towyn Farm in Gwbert - despite planning officers saying it went againt council policy and recommending refusal.

Mr Newlands agent Roger Bell told this week's development control committee that planning permission for restoration had been granted in 2005 but had lapsed due to Mr Newland's business commitments.

"This building is an integral part of the history of the local area," he said.

His comments were backed by committee members.

"Not giving planning permission to this house which goes back to the 1300s would be criminal," said Cllr Gethin James.

The restoration scheme would include preserving 60% of the house, the committee heard.

"It is so important that we save buildings like this. So many have been lost in this county and it is important that we keep them," said Cllr Mark Strong.

And Cllr Alun Williams said: "Clearly it is common sense that this is passed."

Local history expert Cllr Lyndon Lloyd said: "It is part of the heritage of the old county."