Agenda and minutes

Special Planning Committee, Planning Committee
Wednesday 20 December 2017 2.00 pm

No. Item


Notice and Summons of Meeting


The Principal Planning Officer read the Notice and Summons for the Meeting.


Member Attendance and Apologies


The Principal Planning Officer completed the roll call for Member attendance and apologies were received from Aldermen Bresland, McClintock, M Hamilton and Councillor’s Dobbins and R McHugh.



Declarations of Member's Interests


There were no declarations of interest


Chairperson's Business


Strabane Area Plan


The Chair advised Members that an update report on the current status of the Strabane Area Plan would be presented at the Planning Committee meeting on 10 January 2017.



Invitation to NILGA / Eye On The Hill ' Making Planning Work' Seminar - Shaping our Built Environment: The Role of Councils in Place making


The Principal Planning Officer advised Members of the above Seminar to be held on 30 January 2018, in the Grand Opera House, Belfast. 


                        The Committee


Recommended       that if any Member wished   to attend the ‘Making Planning Work’ Seminar on 30 January 2018 in Belfast, to confirm their attendance with the Member Services Officer.



Planning Application List with Recommendation for Decision pdf icon PDF 34 KB

Additional documents:


A/2014/0495/F – Construction of manager’s dwelling and 6 No. cottage style apartments in 2 No. blocks with associated landscape works to provide tourism based “fishing end use” on the site, under PPS 16 on lands opposite 52 Lismacarol Road/Glenshane Road, Crossballycormick, Londonderry


The Chair advised Members that it had been necessary to withdraw the above application due to a point of law that was brought to his attention today.  He assured Members that following assessment by the Lead Legal Services Officer, the application would be presented at the next Planning Committee Meeting scheduled to take place on 10January 2018.


A/2006/0441/O – Site for residential development to include: mix        of house types, local community facilities, open space, pedestrian and vehicular access, primary school, drainage and other infrastructure on lands west of Buncrana Road between Whitehouse Road and Benview Estate, Coshquin (identified as H2 Zone in Derry Area Plan 2011)


The Planning Officer presented the above application details of which had been previously circulated to Members.  She provided a detailed update on the background to the application and based on material consideration and in line with planning policy recommended an approval subject to the conditions as outlined within the report. She        informed Members that a decision on the application would not be issued until the Section 76 Legal Agreement and A122 Agreements were finalised and signed.


Mr Worthington, (Agent) addressed the Committee in support of the application.  He expressed his appreciation to Members for agreeing to hold the Special Meeting to discuss the application.  He also expressed his appreciation to Council and Planning Officials for their involvement    in reaching this stage of the planning process.


The Chair invited Members to seek points of clarification from

Mr Worthington if they so wished.


Councillor Boyle welcomed the application and thanked Mr Worthington for attending the Meeting.  He paid tribute to the Planning Officials involved in the progression of the major planning application for the City and District.  He acknowledged that there would be challenges ahead and hoped that Council would continue to offer assistance.  He however queried measures to be taken to mitigate the risk of flooding, as part of the development was located on the flood plain. 


Mr Worthington assured Members that the applicant was aware of the floodplain designation and it is indicated as open space in the low part of the site. The applicant is aware of his responsibilities in relation to watercourses and potential run off and detailed drainage assessments will be submitted with each Reserved matters application. 


Mr Worthington clarified for Councillor Gardiner that no discussion had taken place in respect to the external design of the residential development.  He agreed to take forward her concerns in relation to wheelchair accessibility and confirmed that all building control standards would be adhered to.


Councillor Boyle further queried the timeline of the phased development.  Mr Worthington advised that as stated within the       planning report, various aspects of the proposal had still to be progressed and this would incur  ...  view the full minutes text for item SP14/17


Seasons Greetings


The Chair wished everyone a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.