chapel-conversion

The client already has a successful holiday letting business in Dinorwig, Gwynedd, with two holiday cottages next door to her other property, a disused Chapel. The Chapel was now to be converted also to complete this development and was large enough to accommodate a 7-bed unit.

Plans were drawn and an application submitted, however the applicant Mrs Wigley, was unhappy with her agent and asked Owen Devenport to take over. This we did and noted there was a mounting campaign against the development from near neighbours. Their objection was vociferous and the matter went to planning committee. There were other outstanding issues that Owen Devenport had successfully dealt with and the local opposition was now the major hurdle.

At the first planning committee Berwyn Owen spoke for the applicant, whilst the objectors also spoke and the local Councillor spoke at length against the proposal. The Committee were about to refuse permission against officer's recommendation, when a site visit was suggested. The Members agreed and the decision was deferred for another month.

Owen Devenport then set out in a letter the permitted development rights of the applicant in respect of the Chapel and when the matter reverted to the next Committee common sense prevailed and the application was approved by a strong vote in favour. Mrs Wigley's testimonial shows that Owen Devenport's intervention even after an application has been submitted was proven to be worthwhile.