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 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.

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.

After a long fought battle we have now received consent for five camping cabins for our client. We were approached to assist them by their Architect as his clients needed to diversify their family farming business and had settled on high quality camping cabins as the perfect choice for their site.

After an initial submission a number of revisions had to be made to address a range of issues. However, despite successfully addressing all points raised ambiguity in the Council’s planning policy presented a potential barrier to approval as despite support for rural diversification being set out in supporting text the policy itself on new sites did not provide the clear support needed for the Council’s Officers to recommend approval of the scheme.

As a result the application had to be heard at committee, and in the end the arguments in favour of diversification won the day.

We were delighted to get the consent for our clients and wish them all the best with their new venture and the benefits that it will bring to their farming business.