Agenda and minutes

Planning Committee (Open)
Wednesday 6 March 2019 2.00 pm

Venue: Council Chamber - Strabane Council Offices. View directions

Items
No. Item

P37/19

Notice and Summons of Meeting

Minutes:

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

P38/19

Member Attendance and Apologies

Minutes:

The Head of Planning completed the roll call. Apologies were received from Councillor M Reilly.

 

P39/19

Declarations of Member's Interests

Minutes:

No Declarations of Interests were received from Members.

Chairperson's Business

P40/19

Running Order for Meeting

Minutes:

The Chair confirmed the running order for applications during the meeting. He advised that the applications which had indicated speakers would be presented first.

 

P41/19

Late Information Received

Minutes:

The Head of Planning informed Members that late information had been received, she advised that Members would be allowed time to review this information before discussion of the applications commenced. She detailed the information as follows:

 

-        LA11/2017/0930/F- 2 drawings had been submitted in relation to access to the site. The Chair advised that this item would be deferred to a future meeting of the Planning Committee to allow consultation of the new drawing with Transport NI.

-        LA11/2017/1051/O - Additional Information had been received from Mr Devine (Agent).

-       LA11/2018/0955/F-A letter of objection had been received from Mr Ross.

-        LA11/2018/0528/O- A letter in support of the application had been received from Mr McGill (Accountant).

-        LA11/2018/0528/O- Supporting letters/emails had been received from Councillors Carlin and P Kelly.

-        LA11/2018/08174/F- A supporting email had been received from Councillor J McKeever.

 

P42/19

Update on Upcoming Diary Dates

Minutes:

The Head of Planning reminded Members of the following upcoming events:

-           Site Visits to be held on 13 March 2019.

-           Planning Committee meeting to be held in the Chamber, Derry Road, Strabane on 25 March 2019.

The Head of Planning further advised that Members would be informed of plans for LDP workshops in due course.

 

P43/19

Confirmation of the Open Minutes of the Planning Committee held on Wednesday 6 February 2019 pdf icon PDF 109 KB

Minutes:

The Open Minutes of Planning Committee meeting held on Wednesday 6 February 2019 (P20/19-P33/19) were confirmed and signed by the Chairperson.

P44/19

Matters Arising

Minutes:

There were no matters arising from the minutes.

P45/19

Confirmation of Open Minutes of a Special Planning Committee held on Thursday 14 February 2019 pdf icon PDF 42 KB

Minutes:

The Open Minutes of a Special Planning Committee Meeting held on 14 February 2019 (SP1/19-SP5/19) were confirmed and signed by the Chair.

 

P46/19

Matters Arising

Minutes:

There were no matters arising from the minutes.

 

A brief recess was allowed at this point for Members to review the late information received.

 

P47/19

Planning Applications List with Recommendation for Decision pdf icon PDF 45 KB

Additional documents:

Minutes:

RECONSIDERED APPLICATIONS

 

LA11/2017/0730/F- Conversion of existing outbuilding and extension to provide dwelling on site adjacent to and west of No 44 Lisleen Road, Killen, Castlederg.

 

The Head of Planning presented the above application, details of which had been previously circulated to Members. She advised that the application had been returned to the Committee following presentation on 11 April 2018 at which Members voted to defer to consider a site visit. An update on the status of the application was provided, and following consideration of the material evidence which had be presented, the Head of Planning advised that the Officers recommendation remained that of refusal for reasons as outlined within the report.

 

The Members received speaking rights from Mr David McKinley (Agent) who addressed the Committee in support of the application.

 

In response to a query from Councillor Jackson, the Lead Legal Services Officer clarified that data protection legislation required that issues of a sensitive personal nature, such as those in this case, be presented in a closed session of the Planning Committee.

 

Councillor McGuire expressed his support for the arguments outlined by Mr McKinley. He stated that he did not agree with the reasons for refusal provided by the Officers. He referred to CTY4 and stated that he felt that the application satisfied the majority of the points within this legislation. He stated he felt the nature and scale of the application was in keeping with the countryside. He also referred to SPSS 6.73 and commented that the legislation did not specify that outbuildings could not be converted for residential use.  He highlighted that special domestic circumstances were present within this application and proposed to approve planning permission, against the Officer’s recommendation.

Alderman Kerrigan concurred with the remarks made by Councillor McGuire.

In response to comments raised by Members and Councillor D Kelly in regards to the massing and scaling of the application, the Head of Planning clarified that it was a matter for Councillors to form their opinion regarding the matter. She stated that she had provided her professional judgement, given her experience in the subject matter, which was in this instance that the application was not appropriate in principle nor was it appropriate in terms of mass or scale.

 

Councillor McGuire proposed, seconded by Alderman Kerrigan not to accept the Officer’s recommendation and to approve planning permission, subject to the conditions as outlined within the report.

 

The outcome of the vote; For 10, Against 0, Abstention 3. The proposal was carried.

 

The Committee

 

Resolved       that Planning Application LA11/2017/0730/F be approved planning permission, subject to the conditions as outlined within the report.

 

LA11/2017/1051/O-Proposed dwelling and garage 30 metres north of 25 Ballyskeagh Road, Artigarvan, Strabane.

 

The Head of Planning presented the above application, details of which had been previously circulated to Members. She provided an update on the status of the application to Members and advised that after consideration of all the information provided against relevant Planning Policy the recommendation remained to refuse planning permission  ...  view the full minutes text for item P47/19

P48/19

Appeals Update pdf icon PDF 35 KB

Additional documents:

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 on planning appeals currently in the system.

The Committee

Recommended       that Council notes the contents of the above report.

 

P49/19

List of Decisions Issued - February 2019 pdf icon PDF 94 KB

Minutes:

Members noted the List of Decisions issued during the month of February 2019.