Our client owned property in Llandudno that had been in use as 5 flats for a number of years. He wanted to convert these into a residential home for adults with learning disabilities and a national company were interested in acquiring the development once approved. The site was in Llandudno and provoked a furore of public outcry against the development. The objections were generally misplaced and there was even doubt cast on the planning rights for use of the building as 5 flats. This was further examined by Owen Devenport and found that it was necessary to submit an additional application for a Certificate of Lawful Use for the flats. This was dealt with concurrently with the original application for the conversion scheme. The objections were still very forceful and Owen Devenport were retained to speak publicly at the planning committee. This we did and the officer's recommendation to committee was one of approval following months of wrangling. The Committee accepted the officer's recommendation and both Lawful Use and Planning Permission were granted at the same time, allowing our client to sell the property to the health care specialist company. 


Our clients already had some minor buildings on their land but were concerned that adding another more substantial agricultural shed might not meet with the LPA's approval. Owen Devenport assured the clients that with suitable siting, colouring and scale, there should be no objection. Minor changes were made to the plans and a successful outcome was achieved much to the delight of the clients. 


The well established site is prominently located near Abersoch and situated in a sensitive part of the open countryside being within the Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. (AONB) The site owner wished to improve the facilities and spacing standards on site but without compromising the overall layout and a topographical survey identified in detail the site, its levels and constraints. After weeks of discussions on the clients' ambitions and requirements draft plans were drawn up. These were then used in detailed pre-application discussions that took place with planning officers, who came to the site and offered advice on subtle changes that would be welcomed. These matters was duly taken on board, and minor changes were made to the plans in line with officer's advice. A full Landscape and Visual Impact Assessment was then carried out to ensure that there would be no overriding harm to the landscape character. And so with documentation in place an application was submitted to reconfigure this prominent site, extend the boundaries to incorporate improved circulation together with a new boat store and children's play area. Planning Permission was granted justifying the pre-application process and the attention to detail in particular the landscape advice obtained. 


Our client wished to replace a slowly deteriorating building with a new dwelling. The existing residential use rights were fully established and it was just a matter of designing an appropriate dwelling for the site. Following submission, neighbour concerns were considered and amended plans submitted to the Council. These were duly accepted as being suitable and no objections were made. Consequently a swift approval was gained for our client who now has permission for a new dwelling in Edern, nr Nefyn. 


Our client approached us with a view to converting a Listed Chapel into a dwelling. This was a delicate development because not only was the building Listed but the site was very small with little room to manoeuvre with regard to extensions.  Dialogue then ensued with the LPA's Conservation Officer and agreement was reached, with the the assistance of the architectural designers on what could be achieved within the confines of the site. Applications were then submitted for planning consent and Listed Building approval, which were favourably obtained following the pre-application discussions and further changes during the course of the handling of the application. a successful conclusion to a potentially difficult and sensitive development.    


The client wanted to develop a new touring caravan park in the centre of the Island. Owen Devenport were instructed to guide the application through the planning process. A key element was the impact upon the Landscape and also impact upon the road network. A Landscape Architect was instructed and produced a full Landscape and Visual Impact Assessment (LVIA). This was accepted by the Local Planning Authority and with mitigating landscaping the site was not deemed harmful. Highway issues were another potential stumbling block and initially the highway authority were not in favour. However with the intervention of Owen Devenport and the client the officers re-visited the site and agreed that additional passing bays would overcome any objections. Thus the site was finally approved, with conditions including that of a Travel Plan which Owen Devenport will now complete. The client now has permission for a touring caravan park, with an amenity block in the heart of the Anglesey countryside that should prove very popular with tourists.