The owner of an empty shop and former office was frustrated at the inability to utilise the building in Abergele. He considered the only way forward was to convert the property into 2 flats and rent them out. His architectural consultant considered that there issues of planning policy to be considered and asked Owen Devenport to provide a planning support statement. This was duly carried out and gave weight to the fact that this property had been marketed for many months and had lain empty for years, without any takers in this depressed economy. There was also evidence of other empty shops in the main shopping zone. After considerable negotiation the Council finally allowed the conversion and the building will now be put to a viable economic use as opposed to deteriorating through non use.