Owen Devenport were initially instructed to submit an application to remove a holiday occupancy condition on a previous approval for conversion of outbuildings into 3 holiday units. Following consideration of the application, and the introduction of the new LDP during such consideration, new policies had come into force.

The clients having bought the property at Nant Lais, Village Road, Llanfairfechan back in 1999 had been using the building as a dwelling for over 10 years. Prior use of the building was as a coffee shop which had ceased approximately four years before our clients became owners of the property.  The owners now wanted to sell their property but it had never obtained a change of use from coffee shop into a dwelling.  As part of the selling process they were asked to prove it had been used wholly in domestic use and therefore contacted their Solicitor in order to write a Statutory Declaration. Owen Devenport were brought in to prepare the application for a Lawful Development Certificate in order to ensure a comprehensive submission was made. Conwy County Borough Council Granted the Lawful Use Certificate and our clients moved on to sell the property with the purchasers now satisfied that the use as a dwelling was lawful.


This was the second application instructed by Ifor Williams Trailers Ltd, this time for their site located at Ty’n Llidiart, Corwen. As the company had grown in size over the past few years they had decided their building was in dire need of an upgrade. Their ambitions showed proposals for alterations and extensions to the existing office area along with associated changes to the parking arrangements.

Owen Devenport were instructed by the well known company Ifor Williams Trailers Ltd in order to prepare a planning application to submit to Denbighshire County Council on their behalf for their site at Cynwyd, Denbighshire. Ifor Williams Trailers are well known for the manufacture of high quality trailers and over the years the company has expanded in size and staff and visitor car parking had become a problem. Previously they had bought land surrounding their site which contained an old dwelling, and as part of this application they proposed the demolition of the dwelling in order to expand their existing car park The company had leased an old pub car park over the last few years which proved unsatisfactory for the company and its workers’ needs. Further to this a few minor amendments were proposed to their existing access in order to create a better and safer access.

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.