Our clients' family were granted permission (via the services of Owen Devenport) to secure a building as an office for their business. Following permission to relocate the office to another part of the site the building was surplus to requirements and as such its conversion to a dwelling was the most logical use. However this was not the commercial use that planning policy was directing such development towards and so we had to prepare a strong case as to why this building was in fact unsuitable for any other business use. It took many months of deliberation by the LPA and there was substantial liaison with the officers throughout. The LPA finally agreed that it was the only suitable use, even though the property was technically located in open countryside. A delighted client now has permission for new offices with showroom as well as a new dwelling on the site.