LISTED building consent to refurbish a Grade-II listed pub to retain its historic fabric have been approved.

Plans for a refurbishment and alterations of The Kings Arms in The Square, Cartmel were approved by the South Lakeland District Council planning committee in February.

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Two months on, listed building consent has been granted to undertake re-roofing works, bring in new insulation and ceiling linings and refurbish the chimneys.

According to the planning documents submitted with the proposal, The Kings Arms has recently re-opened after a prolonged period of closure and change of ownership.

The property is now owned by Tavern Propco Ltd, with Global Mutual Properties Ltd appointed as the landlord’s agent.

The building has been re-modelled and extended many times since its construction in the 18th Century.

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The plans state that these alterations have ‘arguably diluted the architectural quality of the listed building’.

Planning documents reveal that the roof is showing ‘internal signs of failure’, with noticeable wet patches on first floor ceilings, and ceiling wall junctions around the chimney stacks.

Rainwater goods are also in a poor state of repair and require attention, the plans state.

SLDC delivered their decision note regarding listed building consent on March 30 and, in approving the alterations, said the ‘development would bring public benefits in retaining the building in a viable use’.

However, the SLDC conservation officer did raise concern over the loss of the historic fabric of the roof on the property.

In February, the pub secured permission to overhaul the first floor whilst the ground floor will remain largely untouched.

The pub on the ground floor will continue to run whilst construction is done, a report said.

A planning report said: "Indeed the public bar and restaurant will remain open during the construction with only minimal disruption intended. Likewise, the attic space is to be left untouched save for repairs and decoration of the access staircase and making good and decoration of other areas.

"It is the first floor where the majority of the work is planned, removing the majority of the internal partitions, all deemed to be modern additions.”

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