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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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.