Owen Devenport were retained by clients who were being subjected to enforcement action by the Local Planning Authority. The clients were wanting to convert a disused outbuilding into a dwelling but this was contrary to policy and work had been done to this end without the benefit of planning permission - hence the enforcement action. Our advice was to obtain planning permission for the conversion into a holiday letting unit. This was taken on board by the clients and an application was duly submitted. The clients also had a valuable input and prepared a business plan which supported this development. This was submitted with the planning application and together with other supporting documents prepared by Owen Devenport the Local Planning Authority finally granted planning permission for a holiday dwelling, with strict conditions on holiday occupation only. So, the clients work on conversion was not wasted and they can now put the building to good economic use for the future.
Plas Farm is an established touring caravan park and is a highly regarded site that has been successfully developed by our client. It provides a high standard of facilities to visitors such as 54 hard-standing caravan pitches, 2 camping areas, and other facilities. Owen Devenport were brought on board by the architectural agent to assist in the preparation of a Planning Support Statement in order to achieve a positive result. The proposal was to utilise a field for the siting of holiday chalets and the particular site was presently used as a camping area which forms part of the Plas Farm site. The new proposal would add to the existing facilities and offer visitors to Plas Farm further choices to stay and enjoy. This proved to be a successful intervention by Owen Devenport because permission was granted for the holiday lodges because we were able to demonstrate that the development fell within current policy. The applicant is naturally delighted with the outcome and will enable him to develop further this already high quality caravan park.
Owen Devenport have succeeded in securing planning permission for the change of use of an existing touring caravan park into Chalets at Glasfryn, Conwy. We originally obtained permission for this touring site in 2011. The site, which is located in open countryside currently accommodates 12 touring caravan pitches. The client wanted permission to change the use of the site into a 10 pitch eco-chalet park along with other landscaping improvements. The chalets will be custom built units which will be designed and finished to a high quality, with a simple, low lying modern form and style and as a result they would be attractive and suitable features within the site. After much consultation with the LPA and dealing with numerous objections we succeeded in obtaining positive feedback from the planning officers which in turn meant that our client was granted the permission he sought.
Planning permission has been granted for the siting of 3 Shepherd’s Huts at Ffynnon Beuno, in Tremeirchion. The site itself is highly attractive with the presence of formal gardens, a planned orchard, and various hedgerows. Careful consideration had to be made on the siting and material choice of each hut in order to ensure they had minimum impact upon the quality and character of the landscape. The interior design of each hut would provide high quality accommodation and therefore pitch the site at the high end of the 'glamping' market.
Owen Devenport were instructed by a national company of Solicitors to deal with a problem relating to an old Section 52 Agreement restricting occupancy of a dwelling in Merthyr Tydfil. The recent purchasers of the property could not comply with the condition/restriction and the LPA were threatening enforcement action. The purchasers were not made aware of the existence of the restrictive occupancy Agreement. We were instructed to argue the case for the removal of the Agreement and set about doing some research into the planning history. This 6-bedroomed (and by now) run down property was never used for the purposes it was intended from the moment it was built. Clearly there was never a justification for the property originally but had been in existence since the mid 80's. Following a detailed submission it was later discovered that in fact the building had been erected in the wrong position in any event and therefore had been built without planning permission.
However having been completed more than 10 years previously (or indeed four years it could be argued) the LPA conceded that there was nothing they could do and the property and its occupation by non-agricultural workers was immune from enforcement action. Whist this was not initially the case being put forward the end result was the same and the clients can now complete their renovation of this rural property and know that their investment is safe.
Owen Devenport were initially engaged to prepare a Lawful Use application for a kitchen manufacturer, Celfiderw. The business had been established in a rural location for a number of years and had grown into the successful business it was today - but, without planning permission. We applied for a Lawful Use Certificate and that was granted on the evidence produced.
A further application was now needed to cater for further expansion now that the use had been established. This proved to be less than straight forward as the buildings, although not Listed, were seen as being locally important with a distinctive character. A long drawn out negotiation period followed, with many changes argued for and against. Ultimately the client obtained his consent which will allow him to develop the business further. This was an example of where Owen Devenport had to mediate between our clients ' ambitions and the LPA's demands.