We were approached by clients’ who owned a small property near Llanrwst, Conwy, which was originally granted permission for conversion into a holiday letting unit in 2013. However, having completed another conversion nearby they had discovered that the holiday letting income was too low to support another conversion and so on the recommendation of their Commercial Estate Agent they sought advice from us on removing the condition.

We liaised with their Agent, Richard Baddeley, to undertake extensive marketing efforts to comply with Conwy’s policy on such cases, with these demonstrating that there were no interests from any buyer in the use of the building either a holiday letting unit or for other commercial purposes. Therefore, we sought to remove this condition in order to allow use of the building as a standard dwelling. The scheme was soon granted planning permission and so our clients’ may now use the building as a normal dwelling, and hope to complete conversion soon and move into the property.

Having secured planning permission for a dwelling conversion our clients set to work on implementing their permission but were unfortunately misled and the contractor set about demolishing the building rather than convert it. This was against planning policy and following the threat of Enforcement Action, the original permission to convert the outbuilding into a dwelling was lost. Our clients reappointed us as their Planning Consultants in order to delve deep into the errors made and to fight the Authority’s decision of potential enforcement. We argued that the building could be used as a holiday letting unit, being fully suited to its site and setting with its high quality design and that it would make a valuable contribution to the local economy. Crucially this fell within policy and after several weeks of negotiations with the LPA we were ultimately successful and highly delighted to inform our clients of our success in securing planning permission for use of the building as a holiday letting unit. Our clients were overjoyed with the results and have avoided the need to demolish the building.

We were approached by a client who owned a building with permitted use of storage and supply of builders’ materials in Old Colwyn, near Colwyn Bay.  What he intended to do was to change the use to this building in order to include the ability to sell antiques, garden and farm machinery etc on site. In order to do so he needed to apply for permission therefore he appointed Owen Devenport as his Planning Consultants. We investigated the proposal and put together a Planning Support Statement which justified the small scheme. Our first submission was eventually withdrawn due to lack of information as the Planning Authority required that a Sequential Test Assessment was carried out for this ‘retail’ activity. This seemed an excessive requirement for such a small business but following extensive research by our clients, together we produced this Assessment and were then ready to resubmit the proposal. This time happy with the submission the Local Planning Authority granted permission which finally allowed our clients to continue selling antiques and grow their business.

Our client had been using an existing shed as a small workshop (Use class B1) and for some personal use on their site at St Asaph, Denbighshire. Unbeknown to the business owner this required planning permission and so Owen Devenport were appointed to assist. A strong case was put forward based on the low key nature of the activity and the personal circumstances of the case. Owen Devenport produced a Planning Support Statement which justified the fact that the proposal had little impact upon the site and its surrounding area having a small veterinary service and a public house also adjoining their land. The proposal was deemed harmless and suitable to the area and was granted permission to continue work undisturbed. Our client was pleased with the result and may now continue their work worry free.

Our clients owned land in Newborough on Anglesey upon which they had already completed the erection of six dwellings on part of that land some nine years ago. We were appointed as the company’s Planning Consultants through their architectural consultants WM Design, in order to aid them through the process of applying for the erection of these extra six dwellings being effectively to initiate phase two of the development. Owen Devenport set together a comprehensive planning application adding to the fact that there was an ever increasing need for affordable homes in Newborough, and indeed that this small parcel of land was a perfectly suited for this type of development. However, inexplicably, the Local Member chose to object to providing affordable homes, but the planning committee supported the officer’s decision to approve the development. Following further minor negotiations on drainage and highways we were delighted to inform our clients that they had been granted permission for the scheme and they can now start the preparations to initiate phase two.