Agenda and minutes

Special Planning Committee, Planning Committee (Open)
Tuesday 29 May 2018 1.30 pm

Venue: Council Chamber - Strabane Council Offices. View directions

Contact: Libby Bell 

No. Item


Notice and Summons of Meeting


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





The Head of Planning completed the roll call. Apologies were received from Aldermen Kerrigan, M Hamilton and Councillor R McHugh.



Declarations of Member's Interests


There were no declarations of Members’ interest.

Chairperson's Business


Urban Housing Workshop


The Chair reminded Members that an urban housing workshop would take place immediately after the Special Meeting of the Planning Committee.



Successful Year for the Chair


Councillors McGuire, Boyle and Alderman McClintock congratulated and thanked the Chair for the completion of this year as Chair of the Committee, stating that he had put a vast amount of effort into completing the year with fairness and professionalism.


The Chair thanked both Officers and Members for their support during the year and recognised the progress the Committee had made, including attainment of Local Development Plan targets and conclusion of legacy issues.


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

Additional documents:


New Applications


LA11/2017/0862/F – Refurbishment, re-use, re-build and extension and change of use of listed buildings, Ebrington Barracks, Derry to create a 152 bedroom hotel, with associated leisure, function, meeting room, restaurant and bar facilities together with ancillary areas with associated site works to facilitate access and servicing etc at Ebrington Barracks- Buildings 63,67,68, 69 & 79. Site approximately 150m south of Browning Drive, Derry BT47 6HN.


The Principal Planning Officer (PPO) presented the above application, a copy of which had been previously circulated to Members. A brief summary of the application was provided. After material consideration and based on planning policy a recommendation was made to approve planning permission, subject to the conditions as outlined within the report.


In response to a query from Councillor Jackson, the PPO advised Members that whilst the temporary car park to the rear of the proposed hotel site would include 150 parking spaces, one way access at the front of hotel should be restricted to disabled users and coach drop offs and servicing should only take place at the side and rear of the hotel. She added that a traffic management plan and servicing plan would be required as a condition of planning permission which would then be agreed with the management of the hotel.

The PPO clarified for the Chair that access would need to be restricted due to the positioning of the Star Fort Wall adjacent and to the rear of the building which is a scheduled monument of regional importance.


The Head of Planning drew Members attention to Figure 13 within the report stating she felt this demonstrated the different types of access which were within the plans. In response to concerns raised by Councillor Boyle, the Head of Planning explained that the concept of a hotel being constructed on the Ebrington site had been anticipated with outline planning permission and development frameworks .The original plans placed the hotel at the rear of the site.


The PPO added that the proposal was acceptable under the Ebrington Development Plan and that Environmental Health has raised no issues with it. She agreed that noise from events was a management issue but stated she felt that with customer awareness the paring could work well.  She also stated that buildings should not be sterilised because of events.


In further response to Councillor Boyle’s concerns, the Head of Planning referred to the City Hotel which is situated next to many events and a boutique hotel which had been granted planning permission next to Guildhall Square. She also commented on the mixed-use nature of Ebrington Square which will include office space and the Maritime Museum stating that overall consideration for all these factors are given when organising events.


Councillor Boyle referred to Figure 10 in the application report and commented on how he found it difficult to determine the quality of finish from artist’s impressions. In response, the Head of Planning explained that the materials used would correspond well with existing materials within the historic buildings and  ...  view the full minutes text for item SP18/18