The National Museum of Wales is set to escape the embarrassment of having a Listed Building Enforcement Notice issued against it by the Vale of Glamorgan Council over unauthorised modifications made at Turner House, Penarth .
Unauthorised work had been carried out in the building at the end of 2014 which had involved the removal of the balustrade and the blocking up of the central lightwell of the building .
The lightwell in the first floor had allowed light from the skylights in the roof to reach the ground floor of Turner House and had been installed in the 1940s by the distinguished architect T Alwyn Lloyd but had been arbitrarily removed by tenants Ffotogallery without any consultation or permission.
Turner House, and the millions of pounds-worth of Turner paintings that it once contained, was bequeathed in trust to the people of Penarth by the Victorian flour-milling magnate James Pyke Thompson – but was handed over by the trust in the 1920s to be managed by the National Museum of Wales.
Penarth AM and Welsh Conservative Leader Andrew R T Davies has said it is “slightly bizarre” that there is no record of the ownership of Turner House in the Land Registry and has written to all the parties involved asking for updates on the latest situation at the gallery.
The unauthorised alterations to the gallery had been discussed with concern by members of the Vale of Glamorgan council’s planning committee which had called for a report on the situation and was considering issuing a formal Enforcement Notice against the National Museum
The Vale’s conservation officer has now inspected the repair work and the restored lightwell and is recommending that there is now no need to proceed with the issuance of the Enforcement Notice against the Museum.
The final decision will be taken by the Vale of Glamorgan Council planning committee on Thursday this week .
Another Ffotogallery plan to host a regular “50-mile Food Fair” inside the Grade II Listed building was dropped when the promoter withdrew the plan after it had attracted criticism from local residents.