Owen Devenport were engaged as the Planning Agents in order to apply for permission for 12 safari tents at our client’s site near Pwllheli, which was an area of agricultural land set close to his property and within the AONB. We prepared and submitted a detailed case which supported the reasons why we believed permission should be allowed. However, the Authority refused the application on the grounds of it impacting upon the “landscape and on the visual amenities of the Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.” As a team we were rather baffled by this response as we had submitted detailed a Landscape and Visual Impact Assessment which demonstrated an acceptable and limited impact upon the AONB.

Following on from this, our client engaged us a second time to tackle the Authority’s decision through an appeal. Happy to oblige, we submitted a detailed Statement of Case which further argued our points and dissatisfaction with the outcome, and highlighted the features of the original case which showed no harm to the AONB. In due course we finally received the appeal decision which allowed the scheme and which our client was delighted by. He now has permission to site 12 safari tents in a beautiful location.

We were approached by a client whose house had been subject to a Section 106 Planning Obligation which restricted its occupancy and value in an attempt to ensure that it was an affordable dwelling. However, after examination of the agreement and the property’s value it was clear that even when discounted its value was still too high for it to be an affordable dwelling, and indeed that there were many properties available on the open market locally at a lower price. Therefore, we were engaged to submit an application in order to remove the obligation, and we constructed a detailed case showing that the property did not meet the definition of an affordable dwelling. After numerous back and forth with the Local Planning Authority we finally received the sought after permission. Our client can now secure a mortgage on improved terms and has greater flexibility for future extensions to the property.

We were approached by clients who had purchased a building in Rhyl and changed its use from a dwelling to a family assessment centre. As they had not gained approval to do so they appointed us as their Planning Consultants in order to put together a case to support the type of work they were undertaking.

The building was ideally suited for the proposed use as no other family assessment centres are situated around the North of Wales and so it would be a useful facility for many mothers and children who needed its services.

Shockingly many objections were received on the grounds that it would incite antisocial behaviour in the area, and this along with the Local Authority’s doubts meant that the proposal was inevitably refused.

Following this we were asked to take the matter further and appealed against the Local Planning Authority’s refusal. We fought hard to overturn the decision during the appeal and were overjoyed to win the appeal and finally receive approval for our clients. They can now continue to work on providing the care and resources needed by those who use their facility.

We were approached by our clients Architects to assist them with an old stone outbuilding in Llandudno set in stunning position on the end of a terrace of properties on the top of the Great Orme. They wished to sensitively renovate the building to allow it to be used as an outbuilding for their home.

The building was in a poor state of repair and required attention to bring it back to its former glory. A sensitive design was put together which took account of the character of the building and its complex setting in a Historic Landscape and amongst designated habitats.

We applied for permission for both the renovation scheme and also to regularise the use of the land around of the building as part of the garden of the property. The careful approach to the scheme paid off and our clients received their dream permission for the building. They can now begin work on the site and restore a charming building back to an active use.

After a long fought battle we have now received consent for five camping cabins for our client. We were approached to assist them by their Architect as his clients needed to diversify their family farming business and had settled on high quality camping cabins as the perfect choice for their site.

After an initial submission a number of revisions had to be made to address a range of issues. However, despite successfully addressing all points raised ambiguity in the Council’s planning policy presented a potential barrier to approval as despite support for rural diversification being set out in supporting text the policy itself on new sites did not provide the clear support needed for the Council’s Officers to recommend approval of the scheme.

As a result the application had to be heard at committee, and in the end the arguments in favour of diversification won the day.

We were delighted to get the consent for our clients and wish them all the best with their new venture and the benefits that it will bring to their farming business.

We were approached by our client to assist after he purchased the former Magistrates court in Holyhead which he wished to convert into serviced holiday apartments along with a retail unit.

The site was well suited for this as it is located right at the centre of Holyhead in a location that is surrounded by both retail & service buildings and set close to the port. We were also keen to assist in securing a high quality use for the otherwise vacant historic building.

In co-operation with a Built Heritage Expert we prepared a detailed planning application on our client’s behalf and then entered discussions with the Local Planning Authority after submission to address the complexities of this case. Our client was delighted to receive approval and we understand has now begun initial work on the conversion.