Our client owned an outbuilding which formed part of a cluster of substantial buildings associated with their main dwelling in Pentre Berw in the centre of Anglesey. Owen Devenport were instructed in order to set out a case to back up the proposal in order to convert the existing building to a dwelling with some associated works. The scheme was designed to a high quality in order to reflect and retain the character and form of the buildings whilst allowing their conversion into an attractive residential unit. However the main stumbling block came from the highway authority who objected on the basis of the sub standard access. There followed intense discussions with the highway officers and various amendments were tabled. In the end the suggested changes were deemed acceptable and permission was finally secured. We were extremely pleased to present our client with the permission they had so desperately sought.
Owen Devenport were instructed to put together an application in order to erect a new dwelling at a site in Rhosybol on Anglesey. The site would form a minor addition to a cluster of dwellings which forms part of the village. The impending change in policies meant that the application had to be dealt with quickly and to this end Owen Devenport acted swiftly. Having already secured numerous permissions of a similar nature, we were confident that a strong case could be made. However after initial concerns expressed by planning officers we managed to negotiate a scheme that became acceptable to both the client and the LPA. Our client was naturally relieved and delighted when planning permission was finally granted.
Owen Devenport were instructed to submit an application to remove a section 106 planning obligation which was originally imposed to reduce the value of a dwelling to make it affordable to local people. However, it was clear that the value of the property was far beyond the level that could be considered to be affordable even when its value was reduced by the level required in the obligation.
We submitted a detailed case to the Council including valuations from local surveyors and calculations of the required income to finance a mortgage on the property to show that the price of property even when discounted was beyond the reach of local people in affordable need. We also provide details of a number of other properties on the available on the open market locally that could be bought for less than the value of the property. We argued that the result of the agreement was simply to discount the value of the property for local persons who could already afford a property on the local market, and so it was not justified for planning purposes.
The Council disagreed with our stance insisting that the property was made more affordable by the Obligation, and that the applicant should following the marketing process set out in the obligation to tests whether the dwelling would meet local affordable needs.
Having considered the Council’s decision we advised our clients to appeal, and made our case on the lack of affordability of the dwelling, the availability of dwellings on the open market at a lower price, and that to require our clients to follow the marketing procedure in the obligation despite the fact that the property was not affordable would be a meaningless exercise as the property could not be considered to be an affordable dwelling. The Inspector agreed with our arguments on all points and allowed the appeal and removed the planning obligation.
Owen Devenport were instructed to submit an application for a Certificate of Lawful Use for the use of land as a camping site. Evidence was submitted that the land had in fact been used as a camping site in excess of 10 years without planning permission. The evidence was carefully gathered from past owners as our client had only recently bought the property, a local pub with a camping site. It had clearly been used without interruption for the specified period of time and as such there was no reason why a Certificate of Lawfulness could not be issued. The application was dealt with by the Council in a timely period and was granted. The new owner of the public house is naturally delighted as this was an important income stream for her.
Owen Devenport were engaged to assist with an application to redevelop an un-used piece of scrap land in the village of Clwt y Bont. After initial pre-application discussions with the Council’s Planning and Highways Department it was agreed that a development of three houses would be suitable for the site to take account of the need to ensure that the road serving it could accommodate the new development.
Following initial design work with a firm of local architects the application was submitted to the Council for three detached 3-bed houses, along with a new length of pavement along the road. Discussions were then held with the Authority’s Officer’s to address further points that they raised as well as addressing a wide range of comments from local residents, which resulted in the Officers supporting the application and recommending its approval. Subsequently the application was discussed at Committee, where we addressed the Members and advised them of the extensive work undertaken to ensure that the application was suited to the site.
After consideration of the points made the Committee voted to approve the application, with the result that a piece of unattractive land now has permission for three high quality and attractive homes.
Our clients had erected an agricultural building on their land following the need to provide particular attention and shelter to their sheep herd kept on their holding. They were unaware that they needed planning permission in order to erect the building. The building itself is a suitable, modern design, and a relatively low key addition to the existing smallholding. Owen Devenport were instructed to prepare an application highlighting the necessity of the building and to argue its use in this location. The Local Planning Authority were quick to deal with the submission and were relatively happy with the design and justification for the proposal. We were pleased to receive the planning approval therefore allowing our clients to keep their Agricultural Building.