The client was running a successful and established agricultural buildings' business and as his father was retiring he needed a dwelling to be on site to carry on the business. He engaged Owen Devenport, through his Architectural Designer to prepare an application for a bona fide Rural Enterprise dwelling. All the right criteria were in place including the location of the proposed dwelling. However we met with opposition from the officers and so the matter went to Committee. We invoked our right to speak at committee on behalf of our client and with the support of the local Member the recommendation of refusal was (correctly in our view) overturned in favour of the proposal.

This was a properly constituted application for a Rural Enterprise dwelling for a local person with a young family - exactly the type of person this policy was aimed towards. We are pleased that in spite of (unfounded) opposition our services proved successful in this instance

Our clients were referred to us by local Architects, Russell-Hughes of Anglesey. They had secured permission for an extension to a dwelling, but this had included a condition for a Management Plan to be submitted for a shared Septic Tank. However, the septic tank did not belong to our clients, although they had full rights to use the facility. Neighbour objections were proving a barrier and we sought to negotiate with the LPA that the condition was, under the circumstances, unreasonable. After a great deal of deliberation an application to delete that condition was successful and finally the clients could proceed to build their extension without the unworkable and overly restrictive condition. All conditions on planning approvals must meet six tests, if they fail just one of those tests then they are deemed unreasonable and should be removed.

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A Cheshire firm of Architects wanted to instruct a local company of Town Planners with experience of dealing with Gwynedd Council. Owen Devenport were recommended and were duly instructed. The scheme was to erect a new single dwelling on a plot in Llanbedrog. This was unusual in that it was on an estate of properties built during the 1970's and would be the first new development on this estate. In advising the Architects, and in accordance with the clients' ambitions, plans were drawn of a contemporary low level single storey dwelling, which would also potentially affect the setting of a Listed Building, sited to the rear of the proposed plot.

The Planning Support Statement prepared by Owen Devenport dealt with all the issues and was used by the Architects who submitted the application on behalf of their client. There followed some discussions on design, and the plans were duly amended. The client had also submitted, through his Architects, an application to extend the adjoining dwelling, which he also owned. As a consequence two applications were before the officers and following discussions on matters of design, the principle of both developments was agreed and subsequently both applications were approved. The delighted client has permission for a single plot in a much sought after established development in Llanbedrog, being only a stroll away from the beach.

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We were asked to assess the likelihood of obtaining planning permission on a plot which was outside the development boundary of a village in Anglesey. Normally we would advise against pursuing these types of applications unless there was good reason to do otherwise. We assessed the location of this plot in relation to the built development and concluded that there would be no material harm should this plot be developed. Consequently plans were drawn up of the type of detached property the client wanted and his Architects, Matthew Jones of Deganwy prepared plans for a substantial property that was suited to this edge of village location.

The application was duly submitted and the only real obstacle was the site's location physically outside the adopted development boundary. Owen Devenport put together a submission whereby it was suggested that whilst that might be the case there would be no harm to visual amenities and in fact the plot should have been included within the development boundary when it was initially drawn up.

After some time in discussions with the planning officer, he concluded that these were sound arguments and presented the application to Committee. They agreed with the officer's recommendation of approval and the client now has permission to build an exceptional detached property in a private location on the outskirts of the village.

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A long standing client asked Owen Devenport to look at the possibility of obtaining planning permission for a single dwelling on a beach front plot in Abersoch. After an initial assessment it was concluded that whilst falling in with general policy there were many hurdles to overcome, including flood risk, impact on neighbours, access and design. In this regard Matthew Jones Architects were engaged and many months went by before the NRW finally agreed to the Flood Risk Assessment that had been prepared beforehand. The Architects then set about preparing their contemporary and imaginative scheme and finished up with a modern take on the 'beach house' and a design which met with the Local Planning Authority's approval in this sensitive yet highly attractive location in Abersoch.

Gwynedd's planning officers were helpful throughout highlighting issues as the consultation process progressed. Each time Owen Devenport had to address these issues and in the light of complaints the matter had to be referred to Committee. The application arrived at the planning committee with a recommendation of approval and the Members agreed.

So, an existing client has kept faith with us on a tricky yet highly prized development in this much sought after village. He has ended up with a superbly designed contemporary dwelling in a fabulous beach location, within a short walk of the village centre.

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Owen Devenport have recently obtained outline planning approval for 5 large detached executive homes on a site set on the edge of an existing development in Colwyn Bay. Currently the site contains a mix of empty agricultural buildings and the consent gained allows for the site to be redeveloped into a high quality residential development.

The application involved extensive discussions and negotiations with the Council on a number of issues including highways, the density of the development, and whether affordable housing should be required. We were able to achieve successful outcomes for our client for all of these issues, and ensure that the Council were satisfied that the development was acceptable.

We also addressed a number of objections that were received from local residents to the scheme, and were able to show that these were not justified.

Having resolved these issues the Case Officer recommended to the Planning Committee that the application be approved. We then spoke in favour of the proposal at the Committee, and the Councillors took on board the points that were made and approved the application.

We are pleased that we were able to bring this application to a successful conclusion, and that a vacant brownfield site will now be used to provide an attractive and valuable development.