De Vere Venues Harben is a contemporary conference hotel located five miles from Milton Keynes in the heart of Newport Pagnell. Harben House had housed De Vere Venues since the mid-1990s, although it never acquired formal planning permission for these uses. We were tasked by MCR Property Group and Country Wide Hotels to address this and secure the appropriate planning permission.
Our aim was to collate a concrete body of evidence establishing the existence of De Vere Venues at Harben House prior to 2006, in order to support an application for a Lawful Development Certificate. Given that the local authority had no evidence of their own for such applications, decisions are made on the balance of probability and the onus was on us to prove the ongoing use and operation of Harben House for nearly 20 years.
Working collaboratively with MCR Property Group and Country Wide Hotel, we obtained evidence including sworn statutory declarations, Trip Advisor records and rates records demonstrating the operation of De Vere Venues at Harben House for well over 10 years. This enabled us to successfully secure a Certificate of Lawful Development regularising the use and operation of Harben House as a conference hotel and associated gymnasium.