We recently assisted with an application for change of use of an empty light industrial building (with a mixed B1 and B8 use) to a gym (Use Class D2) that was set on the Creamery Business Park in Mochdre. Due to the site’s location there was a need to demonstrate that it had been suitably marketed and that were was no demand for it for a ‘traditional’ employment use as the Council’s policy seeks to control the release of land on so called ‘safeguarded employment sites’. 

We were delighted to receive permission for a new high quality bespoke house set in a woodland area of our clients’ garden on the Menai Straits. We were initially approached by our clients who were seeking advice on how to gain consent for a new purpose built property in their garden.

The site was quite challenging being set in an attractive woodland within the Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and close to SSSI and other protected areas in the Straits. We assembled an experienced team of consultants and Architects to address the issues at the site, and after detailed discussions with the Council, Welsh Water, and Natural Resources Wales permission was given and our clients’ are looking forward to starting work on their new home.

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A new Local Development Plan for Anglesey and Gwynedd is about to be approved and will become formal policy as of 1 August 2017. At long last both Authorities will have relatively up to date planning policies and puts to bed the outdated and archaic old Anglesey and Gwynedd UDP's. There will now be certainty about the advice we can give our clients in terms of new development proposals. 

A recent appeal involving an established caravan park saw Flintshire County Council being awarded costs against them for unreasonable behaviour. The planning committee overturned an officer recommendation to approve the development, and at the ensuing appeal it was decided to claim for costs on behalf of our client. A full award was made by the Planning Inspector against the Council and as a result of this unwarranted behaviour by the planning committee the County Council are now facing a bill of several thousand pounds.

Owen Devenport were initially instructed to apply for planning permission for the development of a greenfield site for 21 high quality holiday chalets at Llangoed on Anglesey. The site had, in part, a Lawful Use for 14 static caravans. A detailed application was submitted with considerable evidence on a variety of issues, such as economic benefit, highways, landscape and visual assessment, drainage, archaeology, ecology and so on.