Felin Rhyd Hir in Efail Newydd near Pwllheli in Gwynedd belonged to the Priest family for over 25 years. Try as they might to obtain permission for a dwelling associated with the Mill, several attempts over the years had failed. And so the current owners Adrian and Carol Priest turned to Owen Devenport for advice. A comprehensive scheme was then drawn up, showing the extensive restoration work carried out on the Mill itself and the value of this historic building. The clients embarked on a comprehensive community engagement exercise which showed that the the community was in full support. But, the application that followed was turned down by the LPA, and the clients had no hesitation in pursuing an appeal. Following an Informal Hearing, the Inspector made it clear that this was a worthy project with a historic value and that there should be a dwelling allowed on site to be linked with the the running of the Mill.
However, the Inspector could not allow the appeal because he did not have a Unilateral Undertaking before him that would link the new dwelling and the Mill together and for that reason alone the appeal was dismissed. The clients immediately set about preparing an Undertaking (Section 106 Agreement) and the application was resubmitted, with the agreement completed for the Council's consideration. After several weeks planning permission was finally granted for what was effectively the restoration of the Miller's House but classed as a new dwelling. This was another long-winded saga, and the clients needless to say are overjoyed that their persistence has paid off and they can now continue their restoration project and bring this Mill back into working order.