Agenda and minutes

Planning Committee (Open)
Wednesday 7 November 2018 2.00 pm

Venue: Council Chamber - Strabane Council Offices. View directions

Items
No. Item

P178/18

Notice and Summons of Meeting

Minutes:

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

P179/18

Member Attendance and Apologies

Minutes:

The Head of Planning completed the roll-call

P180/18

Declarations of Member's Interests

Minutes:

There were no declarations of interest. 

Chairperson's Business

P181/18

Planning Application: LA11/2018/0325/O

Minutes:

The Chair agreed to accept request from Councillor Jackson to defer the above application to allow for a site visit request to be submitted.

P182/18

Pre- Determination Hearing

Minutes:

The Head of Planning confirmed that a Pre-Determination Hearing in respect to Planning Application: LA11/2017/0665/RM was scheduled to take place on Friday 9 November 2018 at 10.00am in the Guildhall.

 

P183/18

Confirmation of the Open Minutes of the Planning Committee held on Wednesday 3 October 2018 pdf icon PDF 80 KB

Minutes:

The Open Minutes of Planning Committee meeting held on Wednesday         3 October 2018 were confirmed.

P184/18

Matters Arising

Minutes:

There were no matters arising from the minutes.

P185/18

Planning Applications List with Recommendation for Decision pdf icon PDF 43 KB

Additional documents:

Minutes:

Reconsidered Applications

 

LA11/2017/0972/F - Remove existing gravel surface and replace with exposed aggregate concrete (amber beach A01) and grass.  Approximate percentage area of each material as follows.  Exposed aggregate 0.45ha and grass 0.1ha at Parade Ground, Ebrington.

 

The Head of Planning presented the above application, details of which had been previously circulated to Members.  The application was previously presented to Planning Committee on 5th September 2018, at which Members sought a deferral to liaise with Council’s Events Management and Environment teams.  She provided an update on the outcome of the review of the application, based on material consideration and in line with planning policy and recommended an approval, subject to the conditions as outlined within the report.

 

Councillor Gardiner moved, seconded by Alderman McClintock to support the recommendation to approve planning permission as outlined by the Head of Planning.

 

The outcome of the vote was unanimous support of the proposal.

                       

The Committee

Resolved       that planning application LA11/2017/0972/F be approved planning permission, subject to the conditions as outlined within the report.

                       

 

LA11/2018/0082/F - Temporary permission is sought for the retention of a mobile caravan measuring 35ft x 12ft (including associated ground works) for business use at lands at 32 Ballymongan Road, Killeter, Co Tyrone (site located approx. 30m west of 28a Ballymongan Road).

 

The Head of Planning presented the above application, details of which had been previously circulated to Members.  The application was returned to Planning Committee following presentation on 5th September 2018, at which Members voted contrary to the Officer recommendation.  She reported that following reconsideration of the various points raised by the Committee, officers remained of the opinion that a refusal be recommended for reasons previously presented within the report.

Alderman McClintock moved, seconded by Councillor Gardiner to support the recommendation to refuse planning permission for reasons as outlined within the report.

 

The outcome of the vote; For 5, Against 5, Abstention 1.  The Chair’s casting vote resulted; For 6, Against 5, Abstention 1. The proposal was carried.

 

The Committee

Resolved       that planning application LA11/2018/0082/F be refused planning permission, for reasons as outlined within the report.

 

 Councillor Dobbins joined the meeting at this stage.

 

Site Visit Deferrals

 

A/2014/0558/F - Installation of a wind turbine with tower height of 40m and a blade span of 30m accessed via the existing laneway at lands 800m west of 7 Sheriffs Road, Derry City.

 

The Head of Planning presented the above application, details of which had been previously circulated to Members.  The application was returned to Planning Committee following presentation at the meeting on 3rd October 2018, at which Members agreed to carry out a site visit.  The proposal was previously presented at which Members voted to defer decision to allow the applicant to submit further information for consideration by Planning Officers. 

 

The Head of Planning reported that Planning Officers continued to maintain a recommendation to refuse permission for the reasons as set out in the report.

 

Councillor D Kelly reported inconsistency in Case Officers’ reports for DAP  ...  view the full minutes text for item P185/18

P186/18

Consultation on Transboundary Wind Farm Application - Momeen and Lettergull, Lifford, Co. Donegal (LA11/2018/0937/TBA pdf icon PDF 37 KB

Minutes:

The Principal Planning Officer presented the above report details of which had been previously circulated to Members.  The purpose of the report was to advise Members of a consultation which had been received from DFI Strategic Planning Division in relation to application LA11/2018/0937/TBA for the erection of a wind farm in Co. Donegal.  DFI Strategic Planning are processing a transboundary application and have consulted with Derry City and Strabane District Council with regard to any comments they wish to make regarding this planning application. 

 

The Committee

Recommended       that a draft response be circulated to Members highlighting comments re. height, visuals from District and previous Donegal plans and consultation response.

 

P187/18

Appeals Update pdf icon PDF 28 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 appraise Members on planning appeals currently in the system.

 

She also confirmed that an Appeals Workshop was scheduled to take place on Monday 3 December 2018 at 12.30pm in Harbour House.

 

                        The Committee

Recommended       that Council i) notes the update report on planning appeals and that an Appeals Workshop was scheduled to take place on Monday 3 December 2018 at 12.30pm in Harbour House.

 

P188/18

Update on Judicial Review - River Faughan Anglers pdf icon PDF 29 KB

Minutes:

The Lead Legal Services Officer presented the above report, details of which had been previously circulated to Members.  The purpose of the report was to appraise Members on the decision by The Honourable Mr Justice McCloskey to dismiss the application for judicial review against Derry City and Strabane District Council by Mr Dean Blackwood representing River Faughan Anglers Ltd.

 

The Lead Legal Services Officer acknowledged the work of the Officers involved in the above process, and said that an immense amount of time and work was committed to the whole process.  He       said that it was an extremely intense process wherein Officers found their professional judgement under scrutiny.  He added that he was pleased for those Officers that the outcome was successful and expressed his personal appreciation for the professional manner in which the process was handled.

 

Members expressed their own appreciation to the Officers and congratulated them on the successful outcome.

 

The Lead Legal Services Officer in response to a query advised that it was only right and proper that Council decisions are open to scrutiny and subject to challenge and therefore Council have to ensure that processes are robust and Members are provided with the necessary training in the decision making process.

 

The Committee

Recommended       that Members note the decision outlined in the above report and that Council was successful in defending its position in relation to the grant of planning permission on 17 January 2018.

 

P189/18

Local Development Plan (LDP) Update pdf icon PDF 29 KB

Minutes:

The Head of Planning presented the above report, a copy of which had been previously circulated to Members. She advised that the purpose of the report was to update members on the progress of the Council’s Local Development Plan 2032 (LDP Draft Plan Strategy, dPS) and particularly to advise Members that it is intended to bring an update paper and a series of topic-based Chapters to the Planning Committee and/ or other Member sessions over the coming months, from next Committee meeting onwards.

 

The Committee

 

Recommended       that Council note the contents of this LDP Project update.

 

 

P190/18

List of Decisions Issued - October 2018 pdf icon PDF 115 KB

Minutes:

Members noted the List of Decisions issued during the month of October 2018.