The client wanted to develop a new touring caravan park in the centre of the Island. Owen Devenport were instructed to guide the application through the planning process. A key element was the impact upon the Landscape and also impact upon the road network. A Landscape Architect was instructed and produced a full Landscape and Visual Impact Assessment (LVIA). This was accepted by the Local Planning Authority and with mitigating landscaping the site was not deemed harmful. Highway issues were another potential stumbling block and initially the highway authority were not in favour. However with the intervention of Owen Devenport and the client the officers re-visited the site and agreed that additional passing bays would overcome any objections. Thus the site was finally approved, with conditions including that of a Travel Plan which Owen Devenport will now complete. The client now has permission for a touring caravan park, with an amenity block in the heart of the Anglesey countryside that should prove very popular with tourists. 

Planning permission had been refused for the development of a single dwelling on land at Llanddulas near Abergele. The client decided to use another Architectural Consultant, following which Owen Devenport were engaged as planning consultants. The previous scheme appeared rather grandiose (for the site and location) and was refused on several grounds. An amended design was then put together, which was a better reflection of the character of the area and the plot itself. The Highway objection that persisted in the first application was also dealt with and the second application was duly submitted.

As a consequence of our involvement and subsequent planning advice, the application was approved and the client was naturally delighted. He now has a valuable piece of real estate that he intends to sell off on the open market. This demonstrates that even after a refusal of permission, if dealt with properly, an amended design and a different approach can yield dividends. 

We were instructed to advise on a refused application for a single dwelling in the village of Bryngwran on Anglesey. Having assessed the plans and the general setting of the proposed plot we advised that an appeal would be worthwhile. The client agreed to go forward with an Informal Hearing. The issues surrounded the fact that the LPA  deemed the site to be in open countryside and thus falling outside the scope of policies that allowed for single dwellings adjoining various settlements. The site was outside the defined settlement boundary for Bryngwran but was sandwiched between two existing housing developments, with development also in evidence on the opposite side of the road.

The LPA  were also fearful that allowing this single plot would set a precedence for the remainder of the field. But, the Inspector disagreed and indicated that the LPA were well within their rights to refuse any future applications if there was harm to the character of the area.    


The client already has a successful holiday letting business in Dinorwig, Gwynedd, with two holiday cottages next door to her other property, a disused Chapel. The Chapel was now to be converted also to complete this development and was large enough to accommodate a 7-bed unit.

Plans were drawn and an application submitted, however the applicant Mrs Wigley, was unhappy with her agent and asked Owen Devenport to take over. This we did and noted there was a mounting campaign against the development from near neighbours. Their objection was vociferous and the matter went to planning committee. There were other outstanding issues that Owen Devenport had successfully dealt with and the local opposition was now the major hurdle.

At the first planning committee Berwyn Owen spoke for the applicant, whilst the objectors also spoke and the local Councillor spoke at length against the proposal. The Committee were about to refuse permission against officer's recommendation, when a site visit was suggested. The Members agreed and the decision was deferred for another month.

Owen Devenport then set out in a letter the permitted development rights of the applicant in respect of the Chapel and when the matter reverted to the next Committee common sense prevailed and the application was approved by a strong vote in favour. Mrs Wigley's testimonial shows that Owen Devenport's intervention even after an application has been submitted was proven to be worthwhile.


Felin Rhyd Hir in Efail Newydd near Pwllheli in Gwynedd belonged to the Priest family for over 25 years. Try as they might to obtain permission for a dwelling associated with the Mill, several attempts over the years had failed. And so the current owners Adrian and Carol Priest turned to Owen Devenport for advice. A comprehensive scheme was then drawn up, showing the extensive restoration work carried out on the Mill itself and the value of this historic building. The clients embarked on a comprehensive community engagement exercise which showed that the the community was in full support. But, the application that followed was turned down by the LPA, and the clients had no hesitation in pursuing an appeal. Following an Informal Hearing, the Inspector made it clear that this was a worthy project with a historic value and that there should be a dwelling allowed on site to be linked with the the running of the Mill.

However, the Inspector could not allow the appeal because he did not have a Unilateral Undertaking before him that would link the new dwelling and the Mill together and for that reason alone the appeal was dismissed. The clients immediately set about preparing an Undertaking (Section 106 Agreement) and the application was resubmitted, with the agreement completed for the Council's consideration. After several weeks planning permission was finally granted for what was effectively the restoration of the Miller's House but classed as a new dwelling. This was another long-winded saga, and the clients needless to say are overjoyed that their persistence has paid off and they can now continue their restoration project and bring this Mill back into working order.


Owen Devenport have succeeded in securing planning permission for two contemporary dwellings in the beautiful countryside at Rhoscolyn in Anglesey. This was a case of having to lawfully prove that in the first instance the client had an established residential use on his existing cottage, a fact that the LPA  originally disputed. We successfully obtained a Certificate of Lawful use on the small holiday cottage and then sought to obtain planning permission for a modern replacement dwelling which was subsequently approved.

rural-dwell-2Adjoining the client's property was a plot with a very old permission. However it appeared that building works had indeed been started and if a case could be proved that a material start had been made, then an extant permission could well exist. We set about proving the case again through a Lawful Use application. This was again approved by the LPA and so the client now had an extant planning permission for an additional plot. Having secured the permission, it was then necessary to deal with an outmoded local needs condition. A strong case was put forward to the Council as to why this condition was no longer relevant to planning, and following due consideration they agreed and discharged the Section 106 Agreement restricting occupancy to a local person.

However the original plans were very outdated and unsustainable in today's design conscious environment. So, along with the Architects, Matt Jones of Deganwy (who also designed the replacement for the cottage adjoining) we set about designing another contemporary dwelling that complemented the replacement dwelling alongside. The result is shown here and planning permission was finally obtained. 

The delighted client now has planning permission for two new sustainable, modern dwellings in open countryside in the sought after location that is Rhoscolyn after 3 years of persistence and legal battles. Neither dwelling has any restriction on occupancy either. This has been one of the highlights of Owen Devenport's level of service to an appreciative client and the result has been an outstanding scheme, with acknowledegements to the client's Architects who have prepared a superb set of designs.