Our client wished to erect a small detached bungalow on a brownfield site in his ownership. As the appointed planning consultants we put together an application to submit to the Local Planning Authority to demonstrate that the development was in line with all the relevant planning policies. However it was several months later before the LPA agreed with our contention and even insisted upon an application for Lawful Use be submitted (for the existing use). When this was approved the LPA were then and only then, disposed to approve the original application. A frustrated but satisfied client now has the planning permission he required. 

Our client, a local builder, had acquired a prime housing development site in Menai Bridge on Anglesey. We were his planning consultants on submissions relating to amending designs on the approved plots and amendments to the layout. Following a previous approval on the design for this plot, the client instructed Owen Devenport to submit a further application in order to change the approved design and to make some minor amendments to the finished floor levels. The client believed these new changes would create a higher quality of design appropriate to the area’s character and as a result it would be attractive and appropriate to the existing site and setting. Even though the application was called into the Planning Committee the matter was discussed by the Members and after careful consideration was finally approved resulting in a satisfied and ever returning client.

We were approached by the owners of a site in Llanfairfechan to assist with an application on land adjacent to their house. They had previously attempted to gain permission for a variety of different residential schemes on their land without success, and they asked us to advise them on the best approach to gaining planning permission. After discussions with them on their ambitions for the site it was decided to pursue an application on part of their garden for a single dwelling as it provided ample space to accommodate a single property.

We then assisted them with securing the services of a local Architectural Consultant and due to the impact of trees on the plot an Arboriculturalist. His advice was crucial in ensuring that protected and other trees on the site were preserved and retained. Following submission of the application we also advised and assisted with securing specialist advice to overcome concerns from the Council and Welsh Water on how drainage of surface water could be achieved for the scheme.

The result was that after many years of abortive applications our clients gained a valuable permission for an attractive dwelling on the site, much to their delight.

This development took two years to be finally approved much to our clients' delight. (see his Testimonial -Mr Ian Bramham) Initially a Certificate of Lawful Use for the siting and occupation of a holiday caravan was submitted to the Local Planning Authority . The application was successful and following that success an application for planning permission was submitted for a replacement chalet. This was surprisingly refused by the LPA and the client decided to fight on with Owen Devenport retained to conduct an appeal. The appeal decision agreed to the principle of the development but not the siting of the replacement chalet. Finally an application was submitted to re-site the new chalet in accordance with the Inspector's wishes and the battle ended with an approval from the LPA, without this time having to go to appeal. The client now has an approval for a holiday chalet in a much sought after rural location in Flintshire.

A Certificate of Lawful Use has been granted by Anglesey County Council following many months of submissions and providing evidence. Initially, the Council served an Enforcement Notice on our client indicating that the residential use rights had been lost. A subsequent appeal revealed that there was substantial evidence in support and the Council were advised to withdraw the Enforcement Notice by their legal team. A revised re-submitted application was considered by the Council and a Certificate of Lawful Use was finally granted in May 2015 after a two year battle.

 

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