It was plain sailing for an application to renovate Tenby’s old lifeboat station as the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park gave the plans permission to launch on Monday (August 17th).

Cardiff businessman Tim O’Donovan submitted plans to convert the century-old building into a four-bedroom home which were approved at the Development Management committee meeting.

The future of the Tenby landmark had been in doubt for a number of years after the RNLI built a new station to serve the seaside town and its regeneration could be televised as Channel 4’s Grand Designs has shown interest in the project.

The officers report stated: “It is considered that this is a very sensitively designed conversion scheme that retains the appearance and character of the Grade II listed building.

“It is also considered that the retention of the building in its original form as far as possible will result in the preservation and enhancement of the Conservation Area as the boathouse is an integral part of the area.”

On behalf of Mr O’Donovan agents Aregent Architects objected to the provision of a Section 106 agreement controlling “outside domestic paraphernalia.”

A letter stated: “We believe that we have reached a full accord with the officers, but are deeply concerned about the mention of a 106 agreement. The design offers an exhilarating interior. It sensitively respects and shows off the history of the building - while exploiting its full potential in its new life.

“But should a plant pot or patio heater be a planning matter here? This is an important project - for Tenby, Pembrokeshire and Wales - Grand Designs wish to include it in their next series and are raring to go.”

Members approved the officers recommendation that the application be delegated to officers to issue consent on the receipt of satisfactory amended plans and the completion of a Section 106 agreement.