Agenda and minutes

Planning Committee (Open)
Wednesday 9 January 2019 2.00 pm

Venue: Council Chamber - Strabane Council Offices. View directions

Items
No. Item

P1/19

Notice and Summons of Meeting

Minutes:

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

P2/19

Member Attendance and Apologies

Minutes:

The Head of Planning completed the roll call with no apologies received.

 

P3/19

Declarations of Member's Interests

Minutes:

Councillor R McHugh declared an interest in planning application:  LA11/2018/0078/F.

 

P4/19

Planning Applications withdrawn from the List with Recommendation for Decision:

Minutes:

LA11/2016/0781/F

 

The Head of Planning reported that late information was received and the above application would be withdrawn from the schedule to allow for further consultation with DfI Roads.  The application would be presented at a future Committee meeting.

 

A/2014/0629/F

 

The Head of Planning reported that objections had been received which required consultation with Rivers Agency and advised that the above application would be withdrawn from the schedule to allow the Planning Officer to further consult with Rivers Agency.  The application would be presented at a future Committee meeting. 

 

LA11/2018/0558/O

 

The Chair advised that a site visit request had been received by a Member of the Planning Committee therefore the above applicationwas deferred to allow for request to be submitted.   

 

P5/19

NILGA & NIFHA Event- Meeting Social Housing Need, Locally

Minutes:

Members noted the above event to be held on 25 January 2019 at Mossley Mill, Newtownabbey at 10.00am to 12.30pm.

 

P6/19

Local Development Plan- Upcoming Events

Minutes:

The Head of Planning referred to upcoming discussion events of the LDP that were currently being firmed up and Members would be informed of the dates shortly.  She agreed to alternate the time of the meetings scheduled in February and March to mornings and evenings.  It was also agreed that whenever possible that the discussion papers be circulated to Members as early as possible in advance of the meetings and to indicate when the various topics would be discussed.

 

Councillor Dobbins joined the meeting at this stage.

 

P7/19

Planning Applications- Late Information Received

Minutes:

The Head of Planning confirmed late information received in respect of the following applications included on the list with Recommendation for Decision.  Members would be given the opportunity to review the information prior to presentation of the application by the Planning Officer:

§  LA11/2016/0781/F

§  A/2005/0012/F

§  A/2014/0629/F

§  LA11/2017/0790/F

§  LA11/2017/0764/F & LA11/2017/0763/LBC

§  LA11/2017/1163/F

 

P8/19

Confirmation of the Open Minutes of the Planning Committee held on Wednesday 28 November 2018 pdf icon PDF 128 KB

Minutes:

The Open Minutes of Planning Committee meeting held on Wednesday 28 November 2018 (P201/18-P215/18) were confirmed and signed by the Chairperson.

P9/19

Matters Arising

Minutes:

There were no matters arising from the Open Minutes of the Planning Committee held on 28 November 2018.

 

P10/19

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

Additional documents:

Minutes:

RECONSIDERED APPLICATIONS

 

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.  She referred to the current position of the application as outlined within the report and advised that following further consideration, Officers remained of the opinion that the visual impact of the proposal was significantly adverse as to warrant refusal of the proposal.  She further advised that in the event of Members disagreeing with the recommendation, that draft conditions were also provided within the report.

 

Councillor Jackson moved, seconded by Councillor Hastings to grant approval of the application, subject to the conditions as outlined within the report.

 

The outcome of the vote; For 12, Against 0, Abstained 2 (Councillors McKnight and McLaughlin were not in attendance at previous  meetings and therefore had no voting rights on this occasion).

 

The Committee

 

Resolved       that planning application A/2014/0558/F be approved planning permission subject to the conditions as outlined within the report.

 

LA11/2017/0342/F: Social housing bungalow to meet local need for APEX Housing Association at vacant site to the rear of 15 Melvin Court, Strabane.

 

The Head of Planning presented the above application, details of which had been previously circulated to Members.  She provided an update on the current position of the application and advised that Officers remained of the opinion to recommend a refusal for reasons as outlined within the report.  She further advised that if Members were minded to approve planning permission, that conditions were provided without prejudice. 

 

Councillor D Kelly moved, seconded by Councillor Hastings that approval be granted subject to the conditions as outlined within the report.

 

The outcome of the vote; For 9, Against 0, Abstained 5 (Councillors McKnight, McGuire, Dobbins, McLaughlin and Alderman McClintock).

 

LA11/2016/0781/F: Retention of car compound at 18 Lower Strabane Road, Churchtown, Castlederg.

 

Councillor R McHugh referred to the above application and stated that in his recollection of previous discussion, Committee had agreed for the application to be deferred to allow the applicant to provide a flood risk assessment.

 

The above application was withdrawn and would be presented at a future meeting.

 

NEW APPLICATIONS

 

A/2005/0012/F: Housing development: 91 Units, comprising of detached, semi-detached, terrace, 1 and 2 storey dwellings, shop units with apartments over and associated green spaces; parking and access and existing roads/access improvements to Lettershandoney Avenue and Tirbracken Road at lands near to and north-east of the junction of Gorticross Road and Lettershandoney Avenue, Lettershandoney.

The Senior Planning Officer presented the above application, details of which had been previously circulated to Members.  A brief summary of the application was provided and it was advised that after consideration of the evidence against planning policy, a recommendation to approve planning permission was made subject to the conditions as outlined within the report.

 

The Members received speaking rights from Mr David Graham, Agent  ...  view the full minutes text for item P10/19

P11/19

LDP Workplan Update pdf icon PDF 44 KB

Additional documents:

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 provide an update to Members on the progress of the Council’s Local Development Plan 2032 (LDP draft Plan Strategy, dPS) and particularly for Members to consider a proposed programme of LDP Discussion Meetings and Planning Committee Meetings during January, February and March as we aim to finalise the various Planning topics and publish the LDP draft Plan Strategy in mid-2019. 

 

Councillor McGuire stated that he did not feel that the LDP documents would be contentious and questioned if Members could receive a final copy of the LDP Plan Strategy before it would be circulated.

 

The Principal Planning Officer responded that individual papers would be circulated to Members at the Member/Officer discussion workshops to give Members an opportunity for further review of the plan before the final draft would be circulated to Members in March 2019.

 

The Head of Planning advised that all feedback from Members, Consultees and POP representatives was welcomed and would assist in the development of the LDP Plan Strategy process.

 

Councillor Logue requested that the papers for workshops be made available to Members a week prior to the workshops and be made as legible as possible. She voiced her appreciation for the work of the Planning Officials on the LDP Plan Strategy and explained that she wanted to use this opportunity to ensure that her views are considered.

 

In response to comments from Councillor Logue, the Head of Planning Performance and Improvement stated that he was aware of the pressure of reading the vast amount of information required to participate in the discussion workshops.  He agreed to make information available to Members as early as possible, ideally one week prior to each workshop and to make this information as readable as possible.  He added that the workshops were the mechanism for Members to contribute to the LDP process.

Alderman McClintock suggested that the first meeting be deferred as adequate time was not given for Member preparation.

 

In reply, the Head of Planning Performance and Improvement stated that it was important to adhere to the timetable of workshops to progress the LDP Plan Strategy. He advised that further meetings could be added to the timetable if necessary. The Chair, Councillor Hastings and Councillor D Kelly concurred that the workshops should proceed as planned.

 

The Committee

Recommended       that Members agree to endeavour to aim towards the timescales for publication of the LDP draft Plan Strategy as set out in the draft Workplan and agree to the proposed programme of LDP Discussion Meetings and Planning Committee Meetings.

 

 

P12/19

LDP - Sperrins Forum - Statement of Common Ground pdf icon PDF 281 KB

Additional documents:

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 that a Draft document – a Statement of Common Ground (SoCG) had been received from Mid Ulster District Council on behalf of the Sperrins Forum.  The Council is asked to consider and to sign up to this Statement – which gives the high-level approach which all the four Councils propose to take regarding cross-boundary issues (mainly within Sperrin AONB) within our respective Local Development Plans (LDPs).

 

Councillor D Kelly commented that he was disappointed that the report was only being presented to the Committee now, as it had been received in November 2018. He also indicated that he did not feel content for the Statement of Common Ground to be adopted at this stage as smaller towns/villages had not been adequately reflected within the report.

 

The Principal Planning Officer in response, assured Members that he had raised the issue of the importance of smaller settlements at a previous meeting of the Sperrins Forum and commented that the Statement of Common Ground had been deliberately worded to demonstrate this.

 

Councillor D Kelly advised that he felt the wording downgraded the importance of smaller settlements.

 

The Head of Planning advised Members that the Committee could amend the wording to the Statement of Common Ground if they wished to sign-up to the principles.    

 

The Committee

 

Recommended       that (i) Council agree to sign up to the principles of the Statement of Common Ground, for interpretation in Council’s LDP Plan Strategy and Local Policies Plan over the coming months and years, on the condition that  Section 5 within the statement be  amended to state “Recognise the importance of hubs as main service centres and recognise the importance of smaller settlements in serving our rural communities, complemented with other community services and facilities provided in the countryside”.

(ii) Council revert back to the Sperrins Forum with the signed document.

 

P13/19

Update on application LA11/2017/0623/F - 12 houses on lands to north of Ferndale Road and adjacent to Skeoge Business Park pdf icon PDF 602 KB

Minutes:

The Principal Planning Officer 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 in relation to a discrepancy on the layout plan within the Case Officers report for application LA11/2017/0623/F which was presented to Members on 7 November 2018.

 

The Committee

 

Recommended       that Members note the contents of the report.

 

P14/19

Appeals Update pdf icon PDF 38 KB

Additional documents:

Minutes:

The Principal Planning Officer presented the above report, a copy of which had be previously circulated to Members. She advised that the purpose of the report was to appraise Members on planning appeals currently in the system.

 

The Committee

 

Recommended       that Members note the contents of the report.

           

P15/19

Anaerobic Digester Plants in DCSDC Area pdf icon PDF 26 KB

Minutes:

The Head of Planning Performance and Improvement presented the above report, a copy of which had been previously circulated to Members.  He advised that the purpose of the report was to advise Members that a detailed report on the subject matter will be prepared for presentation at the February 2019 meeting of the Planning Committee.

 

The Committee         

 

Recommended       That Members note the contents of the report.

 

P16/19

List of Decisions Issued - December 2018 pdf icon PDF 114 KB

Minutes:

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