Agenda and minutes

Special Planning Commmittee, Planning Committee
Tuesday 13 February 2018 11.00 am

Venue: Guildhall, Derry. View directions

Contact: Jill Short 

No. Item


Notice and Summons of Meeting


The Development Officer read the Notice and Summons for the Meeting.





Apologies were noted for Alderman Kerrigan.



Declarations of Members' Interests


There were no declarations of Members’ interests.

Chairperson's Business


Request for Pre- Determination Hearing re. Waterside Transport Hub


The Chair reported that a request had been received from the applicant for a Pre-Determination Hearing (PDH) in respect to the Waterside Transport Hub, prior to the presentation of the application at the next Planning Committee meeting.


The Committee


Recommended       that Council agree for a Pre-Determination Hearing to be held to discuss the Waterside Transport Hub, to be scheduled prior to the next Planning Committee Meeting.




Planning Application List with Recommendation for Decision pdf icon PDF 33 KB

Additional documents:


Application returning to Committee:


LA11/2015/0759/F – Proposed alterations to existing public house to include new side access door, ramp and smoking area at 21 Drumahoe Road, L’Derry.


The Principal Planning Officer (PPO) presented the above application, details of which had been previously circulated to Members.  She provided an overview of the current status of the application and advised that in light of the matters outlined within the report, Officials continued to maintain an unaltered recommendation to approve planning permission, subject to the conditions as outlined within the report.


Councillor R McHugh joined the meeting at this stage.


The Chair invited Mrs Pentland to address the Committee in objection to the application.


MrsPentland, on behalf of the objectors proceeded to address the Committee.  She expressed disappointment and stated that despite refurbishment of the property, no change was made to reduce the noise issue and to relocate the smoking area.  She asked Committee to consider the detrimental impact the application would have on the residential community in going forward.


The Chair invited Members to seek points of clarification from the objector if they so wished.


Alderman McClintock expressed disappointment that the site meeting had not resolved the issues of concern raised by the objector.  Councillor Jackson concurred with the comment.


MrsPentland in response to queries raised by Councillor Boyle, explained that the property was refurbished following the recent flooding incident and that it was disappointing to discover that the owner had not availed of the opportunity to upgrade the entire glazing or to relocate the smoking area in order to address the noise complaints from the residents.  


She added that the premises had only reopened during recent weeks and it was too early to pass judgement on whether the noise was controlled particularly during live entertainment band sessions and therefore the residents would continue to keep a watchful wait so to speak.

The Chair invited Mr Tate the agent representing the applicant to address the Committee. 


Mr Tate proceeded to address the Committee.  He reiterated the current position as outlined in detail within the report and assured Members that his Client would continue to work with the residents in order to address any further issues of concern.  He referred to the issues raised by Mrs Pentland and assured Members that his Client would ensure that on occasions when there would be live music that there would be a set finishing time.  He confirmed that self-closing doors had been installed at the smoking area, the existing perspex glass was upgraded to double glazed glass and the insulation had met with regulated standards.


Mr Tate clarified for Alderman McClintock that his Client was content to meet all of the conditions as outlined in due course.


Discussion ensued after which Alderman Bresland moved, seconded by Alderman McClintock to support the recommendation to approve planning permission.


The outcome of the vote was; For, 7, Against 3, Abstention 1.  The proposal was carried.


The Committee


Resolved       that planning application LA11/2015/0759/F be approved  ...  view the full minutes text for item SP5/18


LDP Project Update pdf icon PDF 32 KB



The Principal Planning Officer presented the above report, details of which had been previously circulated to Members.  The purpose of the report was to update Members on the current situation with the preparation of the Council’s Local Development Plan (LDP 2032), and to alert Members that a full update report would be tabled at the next Planning Committee Meeting to be held on 7 March 2018.


Councillor McGuire requested that a brief update report on the LDP be provided for information at all future Planning Committee meetings.


The Committee


Recommended       that Council notes the above report and if any party wished to change their nominated representative on the LDP Project Steering Group, to advise the Head of Planning before 20 February 2018.  It was also agreed that a progress update report would be provided at all future Planning Committee meetings.




The Meeting ended at 12.25pm.