Planning Applications Case Studies
- Longstanding use of part of a house in Beaumaris as flats secured
- Change of use allowed for empty business unit in Conwy to become home of gymnastics club
- Certificate of lawfulness for holiday let on Menai Straits
- Section 106 affordable housing restriction removed on house in Gwynedd
- Restoration of building set on the Great Orme
- Consent for camping cabins allows diversification of family farm in Pandy Tudur, Conwy
- Permission granted for conversion of former court building in Holyhead to apart-hotel & shop
- Consent gained for static caravans in shadow of Harlech Castle
- House on garden plot approved in Conwy
- Permission gained for two executive homes in Llanddulas
- Holiday letting condition removed from conversion scheme near Llanrwst
- Threat of dwelling demolition avoided
- ‘Cottage Industry’ allowed in residential area
- Sequential Test – was it really needed?
- Councillor objection to affordable homes overturned
- Shepherd’s Huts expand holiday accommodation offer
- Lawful use of property in Abersoch as house confirmed
- Approval for 6 dwellings in Brynteg, Anglesey
- Second Application Approved near Rhosneigr
- Annexe change into dwelling allowed on appeal
We were approached by a client who had recently purchased a property in Beaumaris which had been used as flats for over 30 years without any planning permission. As this use had been ongoing for as long as it had we advised our client to apply for a Certificate of Lawfulness to secure the flats.
We then prepared a detailed case setting out detail of the extensive evidence available to prove the longstanding use, and assisted our client and the previous owner of the site with preparing Statutory Declarations to further support the evidence they had assembled. With all the evidence gathered we submitted an application for lawful use. Not too long after the Local Planning Authority confirmed that the use was in fact lawful which has now secured tow attractive flats in thriving seaside town, considerably enhancing the value of their property.
We were approached by a local gymnastics club who had been seeking a suitable premises as a base and training gym and had found a large vacant building on a local business park. Having visited the site it was clear that the building was ideally suited for their needs, but that local planning policy required a strong case to be made as the presumption was that such premises should be retained for use by ‘traditional’ employment uses. Having spoken with the Estate Agent for the premises it was clear that the building had been on the market for some time. This was highlighted to the Council in pre-application discussions and it was agreed that the application could proceed subject to detailed evidence being provided of the search for other premises in and around town centres in the form of a sequential test.
Having presented a detailed case setting out how the scheme addressed the challenges posed by planning policy, as well as highlighting the benefits of providing a base for a key local sports club, we were delighted to receive permission for the change of use. This is great news for our client as they can now continue the growth of their club with the security of their own premises to operate from and which they can build out to meet their specialist requirements.
We were approached by a client whose house had been subject to a Section 106 Planning Obligation which restricted its occupancy and value in an attempt to ensure that it was an affordable dwelling. However, after examination of the agreement and the property’s value it was clear that even when discounted its value was still too high for it to be an affordable dwelling, and indeed that there were many properties available on the open market locally at a lower price. Therefore, we were engaged to submit an application in order to remove the obligation, and we constructed a detailed case showing that the property did not meet the definition of an affordable dwelling. After numerous back and forth with the Local Planning Authority we finally received the sought after permission. Our client can now secure a mortgage on improved terms and has greater flexibility for future extensions to the property.
We were approached to assist on a scheme by our client’s Solicitor as issues had arisen during a sale of the property with the use of building as a holiday letting unit. The building was originally built as a boat house on the banks of the Menai Straits, but had been used as a holiday letting unit for a number of years, but had no permission in place for the use. After discussing the history of the site with our client we advised that they seek a certificate of lawfulness for the use as retrospective consent would not be granted due to the site’s location. Since she had indeed occupied the building as a dwelling for numerous years she had plentiful evidence to support her claim when putting together a Statutory Declaration as part of the submission. We worked alongside her and her Solicitor to prepare this piece of evidence ensuring that it solidified her application. Not too long after submission we received notice from the Local Planning Authority that the application was allowed as the use was in fact lawful. Our client can now carry on with the sale of the property secure in the knowledge that the use of the building has been proven and that any new owner can continue to enjoy the benefit of the holiday letting unit.
We were approached by our clients Architects to assist them with an old stone outbuilding in Llandudno set in stunning position on the end of a terrace of properties on the top of the Great Orme. They wished to sensitively renovate the building to allow it to be used as an outbuilding for their home.
The building was in a poor state of repair and required attention to bring it back to its former glory. A sensitive design was put together which took account of the character of the building and its complex setting in a Historic Landscape and amongst designated habitats.
We applied for permission for both the renovation scheme and also to regularise the use of the land around of the building as part of the garden of the property. The careful approach to the scheme paid off and our clients received their dream permission for the building. They can now begin work on the site and restore a charming building back to an active use.