Gwynedd Council refused permission for the diversification projects at Nanhoron Farms. One was for boat storage and the other for an MOT testing station. Owen Devenport were called in following the initial refusals of planning permission and advised the client, Nanhoron Farms, that an appeal would be worthwhile on the basis of the Council's reasons for refusal, which solely related to Highway grounds. One of the decisions was supported by the officers but the other was a decision made by Councillors. An Informal Hearing was held and both appeals were dealt with concurrently.

An application to redevelop the former restaurant and bar at Aberhod Old Hall, Rhos on Sea was submitted to Conwy County Borough Council. This was a scheme to redevelop the site for residential purposes but the main historic features of the building were being preserved following detailed discussions with the Council's Conservation Officer. The Architects scheme was generally welcomed by the planning officers, but there were objections on the purported loss of an 'employment' site and a facility for meetings, weddings, receptions etc.

A recent appeal decision has led an Inspector to dismiss a condition restricting ownership of approved 'open market' dwellings in Abersoch. The development at Abersoch Land and Sea was initially approved for 9 dwellings, 3 of which were to be 'affordable' dwellings. However Gwynedd Council wanted to impose a condition restricting occupancy on the 6 remaining dwellings, which meant they could not be used as second or holiday homes.

Our client wished to replace a smaller property with a larger contemporary dwelling in a picturesque part of Rhoscolyn on Anglesey. However because the property had been built in the 40's, and there was no record of it ever having planning permission, the Council insisted upon an application for a Certificate of Lawful Use being made before they would entertain a replacement dwelling application. This was duly carried out with legal evidence submitted in support. A Lawful Use Certificate was eventually granted, and the replacement application then submitted. After due consideration the application was granted and now the client has permission to demolish the original small property and replace it with a sustainable and permanent residential property. The development permitted is fully in accordance with planning policy and the whole process was successfully negotiated by the team at Owen Devenport.
Following a refusal of planning permission for the conversion of a former boiler house at Llanbedr Hall, Llanbedr D.C. into a dwelling. The unsuccesful applicant sought advice from Owen Devenport. It was agreed that an appeal by means of Written Representations would be appropriate as the issues seemed straighforward. An appeal was therefore conducted, with the issues being whether reasonable attempts had been made to secure a business re-use, effect on potential occupiers and also upon protected species. Following a site inspection the Planning Inspector allowed the appeal, indicating that all these matters had been covered in the application, with all reasonable attempts made to market the property, an ecological report had been provided and the living accommodation planned was entirely adequate. The success allowed the client five years in which to implement his permission.

Planning permission had been given for 2 dwellings, subject to a Section 106 agreement that one of the dwellings was to be affordable. Our client, a local builder, wanted to purchase the site but without the restriction (The Section 106 had not been signed). We advised that an application for 2 open market houses would be appropriate and that a viability assessment should be made showing that even 1 affordable dwelling on this site would be unviable.

Following the resubmission and Viability Assessment the Local Planning Authority agreed and granted permission for 2 unencumbered residential properties, and without restricting occupancy to local people either.