Agenda and minutes

Reconvened Meeting, Planning Committee
Thursday 4 February 2021 2.00 pm

Venue: remotely - Remotely. View directions

Items
No. Item

P46/21

Notice and Summons of Meeting

Minutes:

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

P47/21

Member Attendance and Apologies

Minutes:

The Head of Planning took the roll call and recorded apologies from           

Councillor Dobbins.

 

P48/21

Statement for Remote Meeting

Minutes:

The Chair read the Statement for Remote Meetings.

 

P49/21

Declarations of Member's Interests

Minutes:

There were no declarations of interest from Members.

 

Open for Decision

P50/21

Planning Applications List with Recommendation for Decision pdf icon PDF 326 KB

Additional documents:

Minutes:

LA11/2019/0019/RM - Housing development consisting of 9 No. housing units, 5 No. 5 person 3 beds, 3 No. 3 person 2 beds and 1 No. 5 person 3 bed (complex needs) on lands at Ballygudden Road (to the rear of No's 8-22 Ballycanice Close), Eglinton

The Principal Planning Officer presented the above application, details of which was previously circulated to Members.  An overview of the background to the application was provided and based on the assessment of relevant planning policy, it was recommended to approve planning permission, subject to conditions as outlined within the report.

Members noted that Mr Sheehy, Engineer was in attendance to answer queries.

Councillor Boyle proposed, seconded by Councillor Gallagher to support the recommendation to approve the above application.

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

The Committee

                        Resolved       that application LA11/2019/0019/RM be                                            approved for planning permission                                                        subject to the conditions as outlined                                                   within the report.

 

                        LA11/2020/0901/F - Application to vary condition 44 of Planning                     permission A/2006/0441/O, which reads 'At or prior to the first                                     Reserved Matters or first Full Application and before building or                       engineering operations shall commence, the Stopping Up/                                  Abandonment of Coshquin Road and Whitehouse Road shall be                        completed' to read, 'At or prior to the first Reserved Matters or                         first Full Application and before building or engineering                                           operations shall commence, the Stopping Up/ Abandonment                                    Orders for Coshquin Road and Whitehouse Road shall be                                               completed and be in operation' at land West of Buncrana Road                            between Whitehouse Road and Benview Estate, Coshquin                              (identified as H2 Zone in Derry Area Plan 2011).

 

                        The Senior Planning Officer presented the above report, details of which was previously circulated to Members.  An overview of the background to the application was provided and based on material consideration in line with relevant planning policy it was recommended to approve planning permission, subject to conditions as outlined within the report.

                        Members noted that Mr Stokes, Agent was present to answer questions regarding the application.  Members had no questions on this occasion.

                        Members were invited to seek points of clarification from the Senior Planning Officer who presented the application.

                        The Head of Planning in response to Councillor Mellon, confirmed that the application was approved at outline and any future detailed proposal would be brought before Members for scrutiny and this particular application was in relation to condition in terms of detail and Abandonment Notice and the timing aspect.  She assured Members that future proposals would be presented to Members for decision.

                        Councillor Mooney proposed, seconded by Councillor Mellon to support the SPO’s recommendation to approve the application subject to conditions as outlined within the report.

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

                        The Committee

                                                Resolved       that planning application                                                                                                LA11/2020/0901/F be approved planning                                                                  permission, subject to conditions as                                                                             outlined within the report.

 

                        LA11/2020/0251/F - Proposed demolition of existing vacant buildings at 66, 68 & 70 Duke Street and construction of new residential buildings 1 + 2 to include individual entrances from Duke Street and a  ...  view the full minutes text for item P50/21

P51/21

Arrangements for the establishment of Independent Panels to advise on design and place making for key sites within the Derry City and Strabane District Council area pdf icon PDF 134 KB

Minutes:

The Head of Planning Performance and Improvement (HPPI) presented the above report, previously circulated to Members.  The purpose of the report was to appraise Members of the on-going work to put in place arrangements for the establishment of Independent Panels to advise on design and place making for key sites within the Derry City and Strabane District Council area.

 

                        Councillor McGuire queried if the initiative was affiliated to Council or was it primarily Ministerial and would all Members be privy to view the minutes of discussions.  He also sought clarity in relation to the strategic advice provided and budgetary detail.  He expressed concern in relation to the relevance of the initiative and if it was another level of bureaucracy and if there was risk that Council would lose its control.

                        The HPPI firstly clarified that it was a Council initiative and derived from a review of the Planning Service, wherein it was recommended that independent panels be considered to provide independent advice in terms of good place making.  He further clarified that any costs associated with this initiative would come from MAG’s budget at no charge to Council and the Chair of the panel would be obliged to provide information to the applicant following panel discussions.

                        He further advised that in terms of relevant sites it was a question of those that were significant and deemed to be significant.  He added that the initiative was not entirely about the major gateway sites, it was also about the Covid-19 recovery process and moving forward.  He assured Members that the initiative was very much interpreted as aiding Members in the decision-making process and not in any way designed as something that would constrain or delay the process.

                        Councillor Kelly concurred with Councillor McGuire’s comments.  He also expressed concern about the interference by the Department in the decision of Council in terms of the weight that would be attached to the report by this new body.  He said that whilst the description of the independent panels was advisory, he was not entirely convinced that when the report containing the advice from the Independent Panels would be presented to Committee, that such information would not have a determining factor in the decision process.

Councillor Gallagher concurred with the previous speaker’s comments.  He added that in his opinion there was risk associated with the initiative to undermine the role of the elected Member and supersede the remit of the Planning Committee.

                        The HPPI assured Members that the independent panels would have an advisory role and would not have determining weight in the decision process.  In response to comments, he suggested that a workshop with Officers be co-ordinated to provide further detail on the initiative.

                        The HPPI referred to the meeting of the Planning Committee held on 6 January 2021, when Members agreed to endorse the proposal for Officers to engage with MAG Officials regarding the formation of a panel to deal with the Tilley’s site.  He confirmed that an introductory meeting had already taken place  ...  view the full minutes text for item P51/21

Open for Information

P52/21

Planning Appeals Update pdf icon PDF 94 KB

Additional documents:

Minutes:

Members noted the update on the appeals for information.

 

P53/21

List of Decisions Issued - January 2021 pdf icon PDF 147 KB

Minutes:

Members noted the List of Decisions Issued during the month of January 2021, for information. The purpose of the above report was to appraise Members on planning appeals currently in the system.

 

 

The meeting went into confidential business.