Our client had built a stable block for horses, but due to unforeseen circumstances was no longer able to use the property for that purpose. An application to convert the building into a holiday letting unit was refused and we were advised on whether or not to conduct an appeal. Upon assessing the relevant policies it was agreed that an appeal would be worthwhile. The Planning Inspector allowed the appeal indicating that the proposed conversion fell within policy guidelines, and that the building was capable of conversion without harming visual or residential amenities. This indicates that the relevant conversion polices apply to newer buildings as well as older farm buildings.

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We were instructed to assist in the preparation and submission of a revised application following withdrawal of an earlier application after considerable opposition had arisen to plans to increase the height of the clients property in the towns conservation area. Following consideration of these local objections, and in spite of the level of opposition, we advised the client that the proposal should acceptable and that subject to some subtle amendments it should be re-submitted to the Council.

The application was duly re-submitted and we assisted in negotiations between the Councils Conservation and Planning Departments and the clients architects, which resulted in the scheme being approved.

Swn-yr-Afon

Sited in the Snowdonia National Park any development of this caravan site had to be treated in a sensitive manner. Owen Devenport’s clients were a large caravan site operator who had recently bought this site at Betws-y-Coed in order to upgrade the facilities. Negotiations with the Park officers followed and agreement was reached on the design of the new reception and amenity block, together with more touring pitches and more ‘super pitches’ allowing for greater use throughout the year. The application was finally given the green light by the National Park, and redevelopment of the site commenced. After its completion the upgraded facilities has meant that business is growing and further expansion is in the pipeline.

Riverside-Caravan-Park

We were engaged to assist our clients in addressing their concerns over the construction of an electricity cable and substation to serve a new off-shore wind farm which would site the proposed substation in close proximity to their industrial premises. Our clients business involved the manufacture of high tech optics in a process which was extremely sensitive to disturbance of any kind.

In depth discussions were held between the Planning Department, the agents of the wind farm developer and ourselves, and as a result of these discussions and representations made to the planning committee all of our clients concerns were addressed, with a comprehensive monitoring scheme put in place to ensure that any potential disturbance to their business was addressed.

North Wales Housing Association had purchased a guest house in Llandudno with the intention of providing a facility to allow vulnerable adults to holiday in the area, thus giving them a break from their carers. However restrictions on the use of the building prevented it from being used for any other purpose than a guesthouse. We prepared a detailed case which demonstrated that the proposed use of the building to provide ‘breaks’ for vulnerable adults, with some supervisions by staff, did not constitute a change from the existing use of the building as a guesthouse. Following lengthy discussions with the Council a Certificate of Lawful use was granted confirming this and the Housing Association was able to develop this vital facility.

We were instructed to by our client to prepare objections to proposals for new dwellings close to the village of Glyn Garth on Anglesey. Both sites had support from the Councils Planning Policy section, however upon closer examination it was clear that these sites were not suitable for development.

Following the submission of soundly based planning objections to the Council on our clients behalf both applications were refused.