Agenda and minutes

Planning Committee
Wednesday 4 November 2020 2.00 pm

Venue: remotely - Remotely. View directions

Items
No. Item

P145/20

Notice and Summons of Meeting

Minutes:

The Head of Planning read the Notice and Summons for the meeting.

 

P146/20

Member Attendance and Apologies

Minutes:

The Head of Planning took the roll call and no apologies were received.

P147/20

Statement for Remote Meetings

Minutes:

The Chair read the Statement for Remote Meetings.

P148/20

Declarations of Member's Interests

Minutes:

Councillor Mellon declared an interest in Planning Application noted at Item No. 8 on the agenda:  LA11/2020/0219/F

                       

Councillor Gallagher declared an interest in Agenda Item No. 12: TPO          Update.

 

 

Open for Decision

Chairperson's Business

P149/20

Agenda Item No. 15: Re-adverstisement of Fermanagh & Omagh District Council Local Development Draft Plan Strategy - Proposed Changes Consultation

Minutes:

The Chair advised Members that the above item would be removed from

Confidential Business and discussed in Open Business later in the meeting.

 

P150/20

Planning Application LA11/2020/0451/O

Minutes:

The Chair advised that a request had been received to defer the above

application for decision due to the current Covid-19 pandemic.

 

P151/20

Late Items Received

Minutes:

The Head of Planning reported that late information had been received in respect to Planning Application LA11/2020/0295/O and was circulated to Members previously.

 

The Chair reminded Members that they would be given the opportunity to review the late information prior to the presentation of the application later in the meeting. 

 

Matters arising from the Open Minutes of Planning Committee Meeting held remotely on Wednesday 7 October 2020

P152/20

Minute Ref: P124/20 - Scheme of Delegation

Minutes:

The Head of Planning in response to a query raised by Councillor Harkin agreed to provide all Members with a summary of the informal meeting that took place as agreed by the Planning Committee previously in order to discuss procedural issues in relation to applications categorised under the Scheme of Delegation and in particular those applications for Ammonia Emissions and House of Multiple Occupancy (HMO’s).

 

P153/20

Minute Ref: P129/20 Planning Application LA/2019/0318/F

Minutes:

Councillor Harkin requested that it be noted that Committee Members had received correspondence in relation to the above planning application and there was a risk that it may raise concern for Council inthe future.

 

Matters arising from the Open Minutes of the reconvened Planning Committee Meeting held remotely on Thursday 8 October 2020

P154/20

Restriction on Site Visits by Members

Minutes:

The Chair advised Members that a restriction on Members attending site visits would be continued due to the current Covid-19 Pandemic and the issue would be kept under review in going forward.            

P155/20

Planning Applications List with Recommendation for Decision pdf icon PDF 248 KB

Additional documents:

Minutes:

The Planning Case Officers presented the following planning applications for decision:

 

LA11/2018/0526/F – Retention of change of use to children’s recreational activity space and café area on new mezzanine from a furniture warehouse.  Unit 2 Elagh Business Park, Derry

 

The Senior Planning Officer (SPO) presented the above application, details of which was previously circulated to Members.  An outline of the application was provided and based on material consideration in line with planning policy it was recommended to refuse planning permission for reasons as outlined within the report.

 

Members accepted speaking rights from Mr Liam Nelis, Agent who outlined reasons to support approval of the application.  After which Members were given the opportunity to seek points of clarification from the Agent and SPO if they so wished.

 

Discussion ensued after which Councillor Mellon proposed not to accept the SPO’s recommendation and for approval to be granted on the grounds that the recreational facility was essential for children based in the City and that the site should not be left empty   Councillor McKinney seconded the proposal.  Councillor Boyle supported the proposal.

 

The outcome of the vote was unanimous support of the proposal to approve planning permission with the exception of Councillor’s Gallagher and Harkin who both abstained from supporting the proposal.

 

The Committee

 

Resolved       to overturn the SPO’s recommendation to refuse planning application LA11/2018/0526/F and for planning approval to be granted subject to standard conditions.

LA11/2020/0345/O – Infill site for two storey detached dwelling and garage.  Infill site 70m north of 12 Tullanee Road, Eglinton

 

The Principal Planning Officer (PPO) presented the above application, details of which were previously circulated to Members.  An overview of the application proposal was provided and following material consideration in line with planning policy it was recommended to refuse planning permission for reasons as outlined within the report.

 

Members accepted speaking rights from Mr Gerard McPeake, Agent who addressed Committee and outlined reasons to approve the application, after which they were given the opportunity to seek points of clarification from the speaker and the PPO if they so wished.

 

Alderman McClintock commented that she failed to see how the development was deemed inappropriate.  She referred to the fact that it was located on a dead-end road and queried why this did not add weight to an approval being granted.

 

The PPO advised that the dead-end road would add no weight to the proposal.  The policy refers to the development of a a small gap, and the site was only part of an existing gaps that currently formed a visual break, despite other buildings along the road, and therefore was contrary to Strategic Planning Policy Statement and Policies CTY 8 and CTY 14 of Planning Policy Statement 21 in that a gap would create a visual break despite other buildings on site.

 

Councillor McGuire expressed the viewpoint that it was entirely about the interpretation of policy.  He referred to the statement ‘rural character’ and the fact that some farms were located along the roadside and others  ...  view the full minutes text for item P155/20

P156/20

Donegal County Council Local Development Plan pdf icon PDF 220 KB

Additional documents:

Minutes:

The Principal Planning Officer presented the above report, a copy of                        which was previously circulated to Members.  The purpose of the report                         was to advise Members of a consultation received from Donegal                                     County Council regarding the Strategic Environmental Assessment                                     (SEA) Screening Report, the Appropriate Assessment (AA) Screening                      Report and on the Proposed Variation No. 1 to the County Donegal                                     Development Plan 2018-2024.

                        Councillor Boyle proposed, seconded by Councillor Gallagher to                               support the recommendation as outlined within the above report.

                        The Committee

                                                Recommended       that Council note the contents of                                                                                  the report and agree for Officers to                                                                              issue the attached letter to                                                                                              Donegal County Council, before                                                                                    close of consultation at the end of                                                                                   4 November 2020.

 

P157/20

Amendment to Planning Committee Minutes pdf icon PDF 216 KB

Minutes:

The Head of Planning Performance and Improvement presented the above report, details of which had been previously circulated to Members.  The purpose of the report was to seek a recommendation from the Committee to correct an inaccuracy in the Minutes of a previous Planning Committee Meeting.

Councillor Kelly proposed, seconded by Councillor J Boyle that the recommendation as outlined within the above report be agreed.

 

 

 

 

                        The Committee

                                                Recommended       that Council agree the                                                                                                      recommendation to amend an                                                                                       inaccuracy in the Minutes of the                                                                                    Planning Committee held on 3 July                                                                              2019 (Minute Ref: P83/19)

 

P158/20

Re-advertisement of Fermanagh and Omagh District Council Local Development Draft Plan Strategy - Proposed Changes Consultation pdf icon PDF 228 KB

Additional documents:

Minutes:

The Principal Planning Officer presented the above report a copy of                         which was previously circulated to Members.  The purpose of the report                         was to advise Members of the re-running and re-advertisement of the               Fermanagh and Omagh District Council Local Development Plan Draft                  Plan Strategy – Proposed Changes Consultation.  Members considered                 the previous consultation with a paper to the Planning Committee in                       September 2020. 

The PPO referred to the recommendations as outlined within the report.  He advised that a meeting of the 4 council representatives had taken place the previous day and therefore it was agreed that a further meeting of the Sperrin’s Forum was unnecessary at this stage.

                        Councillor Kelly proposed, seconded by Councillor Gallagher to                                 accept the recommendation as outlined within the report.

                        The Committee

Recommended       that Council i) note the contents of                                                                  the above report and familiarise                                                                       themselves with the ongoing re-                                                                       consultation accessible via the link                                                                   as noted ii) agree draft response to                                                                be issued to Fermanagh and                                                                                     Omagh District Council LDP team                                                                     prior to the 3 December 2020                                                                             consultation deadline.

 

Open for Information

P159/20

Planning Appeals Update pdf icon PDF 135 KB

Additional documents:

Minutes:

The Principal Planning Officer provided the above report, a copy of                          which was previously circulated to Members.  The purpose of the report                         was to appraise Members on planning appeals currently in the system.

                        Members noted the contents of the above report.

 

P160/20

TPO Update pdf icon PDF 219 KB

Minutes:

The Senior Planning Officer presented the above report, details of                            which was previously circulated to Members.  The purpose of the report                         was to advise Members on Tree Preservation Order (TPO’s) activity                                 since the start of the COVID 19 restrictions in March 2020.  From that                  time, the serving and confirming of TPO’s has been operating under                   the Amended Delegated Scheme.                        

                        The SPO in response to Councillor Dobbins, assured Members that                           there was protection with trees located at the City side and a TPO was                     currently under consideration in that locality. 

                        The Head of Planning reassured Members that this particular update                       was only in relation to recent TPO requests/queries.  She added that                    there was an abundance of TPO’s previously located throughout the                    City and District area and the TPO register was currently being updated.                      

                        Members noted the contents of the above report.

 

P161/20

List of Decisions Issued - October 2020 pdf icon PDF 120 KB

Minutes:

Members noted the List of Decisions issued during the month of October 2020 for information.

 

The Meeting went into confidential business.