Our client wanted to erect 3 bedroomed dwelling on their site at Criccieth. The dwelling’s design would be of high quality that would form an appropriate addition to the existing locality. However a major potential stumbling block was that the site was designated as open space for a playing field. Owen Devenport submitted a full application on behalf of our clients justifying its location and design, including the fact that the designation was unwarranted due to the fact that there was a playing field directly opposite. This was then duly considered by the Local Planning Authority, who accepted our arguments and the plot was granted planning permission. Our client was extremely pleased with the outcome, giving him scope to look at another plot adjoining.

We were approached by clients who owned a site in Denbigh and the land itself formed the garden to the existing property. The proposal was to demolish the existing two outbuildings on the land and to erect 3 new detached 4 bedroom dwellings in their stead. These new dwellings will be built to reflect the other dwellings in the surrounding area and would fit in nicely in regards of character and scale and would form a suitable addition to the vicinity. The plot is situated to the south of St David’s Church and originally formed part of the church’s graveyard. As a result of this it was necessary to instruct Archaeologists to inspect the site and to ensure that no graves aligned across the land. Further to this the site itself also lays upon an area of potential battlefield activity relating to the Civil War siege in 1646. Digging of the site was then necessary to ensure it held no value and consequently nothing was found on site. In addition, other constraints were overcome on the site, which included a narrow access and surrounding protected trees. Following from this the Local Authority considered the proposal and we were pleased to say that permission was finally granted which left us once again with a pleased client.

Owen Devenport were approached in order to submit an application for the siting of 4 Shepherd’s huts on land at Springs Spa, Llanrhaeadr. As the site itself is set in a well screened area next to a large stone wall these 'structures' wouldn’t have been particularly obtrusive to the character of the area and would also be placed in a setting for use as holiday accommodation. The huts would be situated in the garden of the Spa itself fully shrouded by trees and shrubbery. The broader issue was the fact that the site lay next to the refurbished Spa which is in fact a Listed Building. So issues of scale, siting and impact were considered in the preparation of the submission. We prepared a statement to support our case arguing how the proposal was suitable for the area and were pleased to let the client know that his application had been granted without objection. As a consequence this high quality leisure facility in the Denbighshire countryside now has the added benefit of 'glamping' accommodation.

On behalf of our client we applied for the erection of a dwelling on a plot of land he owned set close to Llanrwst Road, Upper Colwyn Bay and which was refused by the LPA. They were dissatisfied with the proposed size and how it would intrude upon the character of the area, including some intrusive window placements. We then entered a stage of discussions with the Officers who were extremely helpful and various amendments were made to the design of the proposed new dwelling. A second application was then submitted, incorporating the officer’s suggestions and amending the plans accordingly. With the revisions made the Local Planning Authority approved the changes and permission was finally granted. After many months of discussions, amendments and dealing with substantial local objections, our client was delighted with our work and is looking forward to the challenge of building a new home.

Our client owns a property known as Horeb in Pwllheli which was granted planning approval but subject to a Section 106 Agreement, restricting occupancy to a Local Person. The property itself is a large 3-bedroom house which includes a large fitted kitchen and living room with access to a balcony and stairway to the garden. As the property is of a particular size it was reasonable to assume that it would normally be outside the scope those in need of an affordable home. Owen Devenport were asked to submit an application to remove this occupancy restriction following previous positive results in discharging other local occupancy conditions. We set together a strong case using these previous successes as evidence to justify the impracticality of this condition. We were pleased to let our client know that the Authority had discharged this occupancy limitation leaving our client with a dwelling free from this restriction.

 

Our client owned land in a Penycraigwen which is a village close to Rhosybol, where he wanted to erect a new dwelling to occupy as a family home. We were initially instructed to submit an application on our client’s behalf which was refused on the grounds that the proposal would represent an unacceptable form of development which would impact upon the rural landscape to the detriment of that area’s character.

We were further instructed to put together an appeal in which we strongly disagreed with the LPA's grounds for refusal. We argued that the proposal would in fact be a modest and acceptable contribution to the area and fitting to the village’s form. We also argued that the Council had misinterpreted their own policies in reaching their decision. Following the Inspector's site visit we were pleased to inform our client that their appeal had been allowed and the client was ecstatic with the news that he can now pursue the final design for their new family home.