I have some great news – Planning Permission for the renovation work has been approved by the conservation people with a couple of minor restrictions so we’re all overjoyed and work will recommence as soon as it can be arranged.
It’s been a long winter but at least my roof is watertight and it’s given my walls the chance to dry out. George has spent a lot of time stripping my window frames of centuries of paint and putty that had keyed into the grain so badly that it could only be removed in tiny elements but it’s paid off and they’re now properly stripped.
My walls are quite dry now although there’s work to be done where concrete still clings to some of my bricks but that can be done over time as other elements of the approved plan are actioned.
There is no intention to make any major changes and much of the work involves replacement of rotted beams and floorboards so my general construction now will be more or less what I look like when finished.
My doors will be open to the people of Whitby when complete and I hope you’ll be delighted with what has been done.
I am deeply indebted to the work of Neil Duffield of bhd partnership who was responsible for the submission and dealing with planning queries.
This is a simple message to keep all of you wonderful people up to date, I’ll get back to my stories in coming posts.
With love…Little Yellow Cottage x