We were approached by a client who owned a building with permitted use of storage and supply of builders’ materials in Old Colwyn, near Colwyn Bay.  What he intended to do was to change the use to this building in order to include the ability to sell antiques, garden and farm machinery etc on site. In order to do so he needed to apply for permission therefore he appointed Owen Devenport as his Planning Consultants. We investigated the proposal and put together a Planning Support Statement which justified the small scheme. Our first submission was eventually withdrawn due to lack of information as the Planning Authority required that a Sequential Test Assessment was carried out for this ‘retail’ activity. This seemed an excessive requirement for such a small business but following extensive research by our clients, together we produced this Assessment and were then ready to resubmit the proposal. This time happy with the submission the Local Planning Authority granted permission which finally allowed our clients to continue selling antiques and grow their business.

Our clients owned land in Newborough on Anglesey upon which they had already completed the erection of six dwellings on part of that land some nine years ago. We were appointed as the company’s Planning Consultants through their architectural consultants WM Design, in order to aid them through the process of applying for the erection of these extra six dwellings being effectively to initiate phase two of the development. Owen Devenport set together a comprehensive planning application adding to the fact that there was an ever increasing need for affordable homes in Newborough, and indeed that this small parcel of land was a perfectly suited for this type of development. However, inexplicably, the Local Member chose to object to providing affordable homes, but the planning committee supported the officer’s decision to approve the development. Following further minor negotiations on drainage and highways we were delighted to inform our clients that they had been granted permission for the scheme and they can now start the preparations to initiate phase two.

We were approached by clients who wanted to site 3 no. Shepherds Huts on their land in Llanfaethlu on Anglesey. We were appointed as their Planning Consultants in order to prepare a Planning Support Statement justifying their proposal in this rural location and tackling the corresponding policies. Our clients already owned an existing bed and breakfast business on site and the inclusion of these huts would further diversify the accommodation available to reach out for both existing and new visiting clients alike. Owen Devenport set to work on negotiating with the Local Planning Authority to convince them of the positive results this proposal would bring and following some minor amendments suggested by the Council our clients were elated with the successful approval and can now begin work on implementing their permission which will hopefully attract more tourists to the Island.

Our client approached us in early 2017 as they wanted to sort out their use of a former outbuilding in Abersoch. They had completed the conversion of the building adjacent to their house in Abersoch in 2008 and began using it as a house with their family from then.

Having reviewed the history of the site we advised that they had a good case for seeking a Certificate of Lawfulness of Existing Use to confirm that the use of the property as a dwelling was lawful due to the period that it had been in use. We then assisted them with drawing together the required evidence, and prepared a detailed submission to the Council arguing their case.

We were delighted to return after Christmas and share the good news with them that the Council had issued their decision and confirmed that the use of the building was lawful. Our client can now enjoy the use of their property secure in the knowledge that its status and use is confirmed.

Due to the adoption of the Joint Local Development Plan Policy between Anglesey & Gwynedd it was our client’s last chance to re-new their application for this development as the policies were about to change. This proposal was for outline permission of 6 dwellings on a piece of land at Brynteg in Anglesey. An approval had been grated for this previously however there was not enough time to implement the permission and a re-newed application was required. 

As the policies were about to change within the new Joint Local Development Plan, it was going to be a tricky application to get approved within the timescale. Owen Devenport quickly submitted a new application in order to re-new the application and after much consideration by the Local Authority, attending a meeting with the Head of Planning we were delighted to inform our clients that the Local Authority granted their permission again. The clients were thrilled with their re-newed permission and are now swiftly looking to develop the site.

Having gained an initial approval to erect a dwelling on a piece of land in Llanfaelog, our client returned to Owen Devenport for assistance with a second application for the erection of another dwelling on the same site. The land was set within the 'listed' settlement of Llanfaelog, however after submission, the application became more complicated as the Anglesey & Gwynedd Joint Local Development Plan was about to be adopted and that particular policy would no longer apply. This was our client’s final opportunity to submit their proposal and as we were running out of time Owen Devenport arranged a meeting with the Head of Planning to discuss the application and after some lengthy discussions, the application was approved. Our client was left delighted and is now setting up the site in order to implement the permissions.