WORK on the National Woollen Museum can progress to a planning application after the council granted listed building consent.

Amgueddfa Cymru had applied to Carmarthenshire County Council for listed building consent for work to be carried out on the Grade II listed building in Velindre, Llandysul.

The work will include minor internal alterations, repair and refurbishment of the Weaving Shed and adjacent outbuilding. It will also include upgrading the MEP systems and fixtures.

It will also include partial demolition of a more recent part of the building according to the application – which states that the demolition will be a 25 cubic metre part that was built around 1984. It involves the removal of the modern internal partition walls that form the existing WC and kitchen. This will allow the WC to be upgraded into a WC and shower facility and kitchenette which will ‘better serve 21st century needs and operation of the Weaving Shed and adjacent outbuilding.’

With the walls, the external face will keep the random rubble stone but will remove the failed lime mortar to joints and the cementitious mortar. It will be re-pointed with suitable traditional lime based mortar.

The internal face will remain with the existing limewashed brick facing and friable areas will be redecorated with limewash.

The roof covering will remain with the Welsh slate with clay ridge tiles, with repaired or replaced slates and ridge tiles where needed. The windows will have like-for-like repairs and redecorated with suitable exterior paint such as linseed oil paint. The same will be said for the external doors. The internal doors will remain as existing.

The original cast iron rainwater goods will be retained where possible, as well as replacing the existing UPVC sections with painted cast iron or aluminium to match the profile of the original cast iron.

The council approved the plans on December 21 with the conditions that the work must be started within five years of the approval date and in line with the approved plans.

The council has said that the approval does not actually constitute planning permission.