TOWN councillors have recommended approving plans to turn a Henley art gallery back into a house.
Barry Keene, who set up his Thames Side premises in 1984, is considering retirement after 52 years in the art world.
He wants permission to convert the Grade II listed former dwelling into a two-storey home with two Â bedrooms.
At meeting of the town council's planning committee meeting on Tuesday, Councillor Lorraine Hillier said: "I would be very sad to lose the gallery as it is lovely.
"However, he has been a real custodian of the building and has preserved it immaculately. I can think of no one better to live in it."
Mr Keene says he is "exploring his options" and has no definite plans to close the business.
South Oxfordshire District Council will decide the application by March 10.