PLANS for the redevelopment and expansion of a listed gallery building in Carmarthen were recommended for approval.
The new Oriel Myrddin Gallery will span two commercial units at the back and include a new café, boutique, offices, studios and an art center.
The Carmarthenshire Council Planning Committee has approved an agent’s recommendation for approval, but the project still needs a green light from the Welsh heritage body, Cadw.
Planning committee chairman Cllr Alun Lenny, who represents Carmarthen Town South, said the program would allow local and famous artists to exhibit their work and attract more visitors to this part of town.
He said the two units in the back had been empty for some time.
“In my opinion, this is a great application and an ambitious one, and one that should be very well received,” said Cllr Lenny.
A council planning officer said the redeveloped gallery would be an “important cultural center within Carmarthen”.
There will be a link between the gallery and the units at the rear, as well as stairs and a lifting platform.
The building was originally an art school, and was listed in 1984.
No one opposed the Oriel Myrddin Trust request, and his supporters included Carmarthen City Council.
The request was referred to the planning committee because Carmarthenshire Council has ownership and financial interests in the proposal.
Speaking next, Cllr Lenny said the red brick building was the work of Welsh architect George Morgan, who also designed the English Baptist Church, Lammas Street and the Towy Works building on the quayside.
“It’s hard to imagine three other different buildings,” he said.