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More Planning Appeal Successes in Pembrokeshire & Ceredigion

Posted by on Jul 31, 2013 in Blog, Ceredigion Planning, Pembrokeshire Planning |

In the short space of 1 week ckplanning has won 3 appeals on behalf of clients. Between 10th July and 17th July 2013 Chris Kimpton BA (HONS) Town and Country Planning won the following appeals: 1. The retention of a meditation hut for Jerome Flynn at Trefacwn, Llanrhian in the Pembrokeshire County Council administrative area; 2. The change of use from an existing private workshop to granny flat for Andy Davies of Aberporth in the Ceredigion County Council administrative area; and, 3. The retention of a caravan for Roger Smith at Barry Island Farm, Llanrhian in the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park administrative area. The two Llanrhian appeals were dealt with by way of the Informal Hearing process, which allowed an in-depth examination of the relevant issues by the case Inspector and for Chris Kimpton and his clients to explain the background and special circumstances pertaining to their respective cases. The Written Representations procedure does not necessarily allow for a close examination of an appellants case and often quite strong material considerations are not accorded the weight they should be. For example, in Roger Smiths case the National Park did not accept that the planning history of the site and caravan was a significant material consideration. The case Inspector took a completely different viewpoint, particularly in recognising that the National Park had granted a number of temporary personal consents to Roger Smith between 1999 and 2009. In coming to a decision the case Inspector considered that there were sufficient personal circumstances and other material considerations to outweigh National Park planning policy. Chris Kimpton BA (HONS) Town and Country Planning will always consider very carefully the merits of a clients case before advising on an appeal and it is this level of professionalism that is coming to the fore in his appeal cases. Chris also points out that no other planning consultant in the area has anywhere near such a high rate of success at...

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Planning Appeal Success Against Pembrokeshire Coast National Park

Posted by on Jun 27, 2013 in Blog, National Park Planning, Pembrokeshire Planning |

CK Planning has once again been successful in obtaining planning permission for clients who had battled for some time with the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park to obtain planning permission. Andrew and Marlis Malien, who operate Pen Pant Farm just outside Solva, proposed to convert what was an existing, former farm workers cottage on their farm back into a dwelling for their daughter to live in to enable her to take over their farming operation. Andrew and Marlis have owned and operated Pen Pant for 42 years, however they are both beyond retirement age and they want to bring their daughter, Erika, in to take over the running of their long-standing, successful business. The Welsh Assembly Government support succession farming and this was an ideal scenario where the continuity of this family business could be ensured. The Pembrokeshire Coast National Park Authority  failed to accept this point, taking the rather ‘blinkered’ view that the farm did not meet new planning policy and was not financially viable. Fortunately Planning Inspector A.D. Poulter  disagreed with this point, accepting that the farm is financially sustainable. National Park officers even suggested that Erika could live up to 30km away and manage the farm with the help of CCTV camera’s!! So impractical was this suggestion that Dorian Williams of the National Farmers Union appeared at the Hearing to support Andrew and Marlis. Andrew and Marlis say that they cannot thank Chris Kimpton of CK Planning enough for his expert advice and the thoroughly professional way in which he handled this matter on their...

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Pembrokeshire Planning Permission for Commercial Garage in St Davids

Posted by on May 15, 2013 in Blog, Pembrokeshire Planning, Planning Permission |

CK Planning recently obtained full planning permission from the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park for Mr David Ward to operate a commercial car repair garage in St Davids.  Since 2003 the garage had been operating under a number of temporary consents and following professional advice and support from Chris Kimpton of CK Planning a full planning application was prepared and lodged with the National Park. Without full planning permission Mr Ward was unable to grow and develop his business as the temporary consents hindered his ability to obtain the necessary capital investment for staff training in the use of ‘hi-tec’ car systems, the repair and maintenance of electric/hybrid cars, the acquisition of specialist tools and diagnostic equipment and the establishment of an MOT station. Mr Ward comments that ‘without CK Planning’s expert planning experience, knowledge and guidance my business would have been unable to grow – as it is I already employ two local people and can now plan to offer another full time mechanics job to someone else living...

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Getting Planning Right in Pembrokeshire

Getting Planning Right in Pembrokeshire

Posted by on Nov 13, 2012 in Blog, Pembrokeshire Planning |

To get a Pembrokeshire planning application through the system in Pembrokeshire now requires a considerable amount of professional expertise and assistance. There is, for a start, a whole raft of requirements to meet even before a planning application can be what is termed ‘ validated’ – that means the scope of material submitted in support of the application must meet a list of standard requirements. Failure to meet any of the listed requirements will result in a request from the planning authority to supply that information within a set number of days (normally 14 working days) and if the stated timeline is not met the applicant can then either withdraw the application (and start all over again) or have it cancelled and returned by the planning authority. These planning requirements (or criteria) are clearly and comprehensively outlined in Supplementary Planning Guidance (SPG) documents which are available from the local planning departments and their web-sites in Pembrokeshire. If an applicant disagrees that more information is required written justification can be put to the planning department setting out the reasons why that specific information is not appropriate in that case. If the planners agree that the information is not necessary to determine the application it will be validated. If an applicant does not agree with the planners requirement for further information there is a right to challenge the decision not to validate an application. This is a right of appeal under Section 78 of the Town and Country Planning Act 1990, the ground being non-determination of the application within the 8-week determination period. However, a strong word of caution here as such an appeal would have to be lodged before the application is returned or cancelled. Also, the appeal process can take around 10 weeks for a decision to be issued and that is essentially another 2.5 months of ‘dead-time’ time taken out of a project. For expert guidance on planning application preparation, presentation and processing ckplanning is the areas foremost professional planning consultant when it comes to getting a planning application validated in Pembrokeshire or...

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Planning for Wind Turbines in Pembrokeshire

Planning for Wind Turbines in Pembrokeshire

Posted by on Oct 15, 2012 in Blog, Town Planning, Wind Turbine Planning |

Obtaining planning permission for a wind turbine between 15m and 50m in height is getting increasingly more difficult. Pembrokeshire County Council and Pembrokeshire Coast National Park planning officers are now requesting much more detailed landscape assessments for what were, until recently, considered to be relatively small wind turbines. Initial, informal advice was that for a wind turbine under 30m a landscape impact assessment was not required. This was soon superseded when Pembrokeshire County Council planners commissioned a report to provide guidelines for landscape and visual impact assessment requirements. This report was published in August 2012 and Table 2 contains specific guidance on the levels of assessment required for three categories of wind turbine size – less than 15m – between 15m and 50m – and over 50m. At present most wind turbine proposals are falling within the 15m to 50m category. Planning for Wind Turbines In summary, a wind turbine of between 15m and 50m will require the following levels of assessment:- Wireframes and/or photomontages for a limited number of key viewpoints; A consideration of LANDMAP information and potential the Seascape Assessment of Wales; Consideration of the landscape and visual amenity of the are wherein the wind turbine is to be located; A Cumulative Impact assessment taking into account all other existing, consented and proposed wind turbines within a 15km to 17.km radius – commonly referred to as the Zone of Theoretical Visibility (or ZTV). To satisfy the above information requirements ckplanning ltd in association with Ynni Ltd now have their own software and specialist camera equipment which enables us to produce wireframes, photomontages and ZTV’s. We also have the GPS Co-ordinates for every existing, consented and proposed wind turbine in Pembrokeshire. Our combined planning skills allowed us to meet a short-notice request from Pembrokeshire County Council planning officers for a detailed landscape impact assessment from one of our clients, Mr Chris Downs of Hayscastle, whose application for a Xzeres 442SR Wind Turbine was about to be refused planning permission. Mr Downs has now been granted planning permission for his wind turbine, which will be the second one on his farm. The level of expert, cost-effective landscape and planning...

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