We recently assisted with an application for change of use of an empty light industrial building (with a mixed B1 and B8 use) to a gym (Use Class D2) that was set on the Creamery Business Park in Mochdre. Due to the site’s location there was a need to demonstrate that it had been suitably marketed and that were was no demand for it for a ‘traditional’ employment use as the Council’s policy seeks to control the release of land on so called ‘safeguarded employment sites’. 

We were delighted to receive permission for a new high quality bespoke house set in a woodland area of our clients’ garden on the Menai Straits. We were initially approached by our clients who were seeking advice on how to gain consent for a new purpose built property in their garden.

The site was quite challenging being set in an attractive woodland within the Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and close to SSSI and other protected areas in the Straits. We assembled an experienced team of consultants and Architects to address the issues at the site, and after detailed discussions with the Council, Welsh Water, and Natural Resources Wales permission was given and our clients’ are looking forward to starting work on their new home.

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Owen Devenport are delighted to have appointed Huw Townsley as a Planning Assistant. With a background in Landscape Design and Management, Huw will prove an invaluable member of the team. Huw lives on Anglesey with his partner, and is looking to develop his skills in the Planning field.

A new Local Development Plan for Anglesey and Gwynedd is about to be approved and will become formal policy as of 1 August 2017. At long last both Authorities will have relatively up to date planning policies and puts to bed the outdated and archaic old Anglesey and Gwynedd UDP's. There will now be certainty about the advice we can give our clients in terms of new development proposals. 

We have new assistant - Odie. Our Social Media mascot which will front our Twitter and Facebook posts from now on! Already a hit with clients, this is a light hearted attempt to draw people into our news items. Created in-house by our very own Caron Foulkes, who has her own Facebook page illustrating all her gifted art work. Take a look you will be pleasantly surprised! (Caron Fox Art - https://www.facebook.com/CaronFoxArt/ )

A recent appeal involving an established caravan park saw Flintshire County Council being awarded costs against them for unreasonable behaviour. The planning committee overturned an officer recommendation to approve the development, and at the ensuing appeal it was decided to claim for costs on behalf of our client. A full award was made by the Planning Inspector against the Council and as a result of this unwarranted behaviour by the planning committee the County Council are now facing a bill of several thousand pounds.