Plans to replace a roof on a block of flats in Kendal to help prevent damp have been given the green light.

Westmorland and Furness Council has approved plans from the Home Group to carry out mainly ‘like for like’ replacement works to the roof structure, slate roof and areas where damp has damaged the building on Old Police Yard off Finkle Street.

The planning statement says the existing roof structure, roof coverings, walls and ceilings are in a ‘state of deterioration’ and are ‘reaching the end of serviceable life’ where they are ‘not currently fit for purpose.’

The statement adds residents in the flats at Old Police Yard have complained about dampness and damp remediation works are required at flats 4, 18, 20 and 22.

The internal staircase is also included in the proposal to have damp remediation works done as the carpets are currently damaged.

The building was constructed in the mid-19th century according to the heritage statement submitted by the applicant.

According to the statement it provides a ‘significant contribution to the history and appearance of Kendal Conservation Area.’

Westmorland and Furness Council approved the application with conditions on Friday (December 15).