The well established site is prominently located near Abersoch and situated in a sensitive part of the open countryside being within the Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. (AONB) The site owner wished to improve the facilities and spacing standards on site but without compromising the overall layout and a topographical survey identified in detail the site, its levels and constraints. After weeks of discussions on the clients' ambitions and requirements draft plans were drawn up. These were then used in detailed pre-application discussions that took place with planning officers, who came to the site and offered advice on subtle changes that would be welcomed. These matters was duly taken on board, and minor changes were made to the plans in line with officer's advice. A full Landscape and Visual Impact Assessment was then carried out to ensure that there would be no overriding harm to the landscape character. And so with documentation in place an application was submitted to reconfigure this prominent site, extend the boundaries to incorporate improved circulation together with a new boat store and children's play area. Planning Permission was granted justifying the pre-application process and the attention to detail in particular the landscape advice obtained. 


Our client wished to replace a slowly deteriorating building with a new dwelling. The existing residential use rights were fully established and it was just a matter of designing an appropriate dwelling for the site. Following submission, neighbour concerns were considered and amended plans submitted to the Council. These were duly accepted as being suitable and no objections were made. Consequently a swift approval was gained for our client who now has permission for a new dwelling in Edern, nr Nefyn. 


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.

Planning permission had been refused for the development of a single dwelling on land at Llanddulas near Abergele. The client decided to use another Architectural Consultant, following which Owen Devenport were engaged as planning consultants. The previous scheme appeared rather grandiose (for the site and location) and was refused on several grounds. An amended design was then put together, which was a better reflection of the character of the area and the plot itself. The Highway objection that persisted in the first application was also dealt with and the second application was duly submitted.

As a consequence of our involvement and subsequent planning advice, the application was approved and the client was naturally delighted. He now has a valuable piece of real estate that he intends to sell off on the open market. This demonstrates that even after a refusal of permission, if dealt with properly, an amended design and a different approach can yield dividends. 


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.