Owen Devenport were instructed to assess the possibilities of extending a small Certificated Location (CL) site in Hen Efail outside Conwy. It appeared that the proposal did conform with policy and so an application was submitted, which had to be termed as a new touring caravan park. A Landscape Architect was brought on board to advise on landscaping and layout, and she ultimately came up with a plan of the proposed site. The application was lodged together with a Planning Support Statement and after much deliberation the application was finally approved in accordance with planning policy by Conwy County Borough Council. And so our client now has a formal approval for a 12 pitch touring caravan park in the picturesque Conwy Valley!

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Owen Devenport successfully bid to Llwyddo Yng Ngwynedd to prepare a brochure and website aimed at assisting Gwynedd farmers to diversify. The aim was to cover all the aspects of considering a diversification project, such as funding, financial advice, planning issues, business planning and training. A comprehensive analysis was carried out of all these issues with extensive interviews with all parties concerned. Case Studies were also identified and set out in the brochure as a guide to the pitfalls and successes of existing diversification projects.

Gwynedd Council refused permission for the diversification projects at Nanhoron Farms. One was for boat storage and the other for an MOT testing station. Owen Devenport were called in following the initial refusals of planning permission and advised the client, Nanhoron Farms, that an appeal would be worthwhile on the basis of the Council's reasons for refusal, which solely related to Highway grounds. One of the decisions was supported by the officers but the other was a decision made by Councillors. An Informal Hearing was held and both appeals were dealt with concurrently.

An application to redevelop the former restaurant and bar at Aberhod Old Hall, Rhos on Sea was submitted to Conwy County Borough Council. This was a scheme to redevelop the site for residential purposes but the main historic features of the building were being preserved following detailed discussions with the Council's Conservation Officer. The Architects scheme was generally welcomed by the planning officers, but there were objections on the purported loss of an 'employment' site and a facility for meetings, weddings, receptions etc.

A recent appeal decision has led an Inspector to dismiss a condition restricting ownership of approved 'open market' dwellings in Abersoch. The development at Abersoch Land and Sea was initially approved for 9 dwellings, 3 of which were to be 'affordable' dwellings. However Gwynedd Council wanted to impose a condition restricting occupancy on the 6 remaining dwellings, which meant they could not be used as second or holiday homes.

Our client wished to replace a smaller property with a larger contemporary dwelling in a picturesque part of Rhoscolyn on Anglesey. However because the property had been built in the 40's, and there was no record of it ever having planning permission, the Council insisted upon an application for a Certificate of Lawful Use being made before they would entertain a replacement dwelling application. This was duly carried out with legal evidence submitted in support. A Lawful Use Certificate was eventually granted, and the replacement application then submitted. After due consideration the application was granted and now the client has permission to demolish the original small property and replace it with a sustainable and permanent residential property. The development permitted is fully in accordance with planning policy and the whole process was successfully negotiated by the team at Owen Devenport.