Agenda and minutes

Planning Committee
Wednesday 8 November 2017 2.00 pm

Venue: Guildhall

Items
No. Item

P153/17

Notice and Summons of Meeting

Minutes:

The Principal Planning Officer read the Notice and Summons for the Meeting.

P154/17

Members Attendance and Apologies

Minutes:

The Principal Planning Officer completed the roll call for Member attendance and recorded apologies from the Head of Planning (Mrs M Fox). 

 

P155/17

Declarations of Member's Interests

Minutes:

Councillor D Kelly declared an interest in planning application J/2010/0481/F.

 

Councillor Jackson declared an interest in planning application LA11/2016/1066/F.

 

Councillor Boyle declared an interest in planning application LA11/2017/0781/F.

P156/17

Deputations (none)

Minutes:

There were no deputations.

P157/17

Chairperson's Business

Minutes:

Late Information Received

                       

The Chair advised that late information was received in relation toplanning applications: J/2010/0481/F, LA11/2016/0781/F

LA11/2017/0539/F and Members would be given the opportunity to consider the information prior to the presentation of the applications later in the meeting.

 

Thornhill Planning Application Update

 

Councillor Hassan requested that the update report on Thornhill Planning Application be taken out of confidential business and presented under open business for information.  This was agreed.

 

P158/17

Confirmation of the Open Minutes of the Planning Committee held on Wednesday 4th October 2017 pdf icon PDF 86 KB

Minutes:

The Open Minutes of the Planning Committee meeting held on 4 October 2017 (P137/17-P148/17) were agreed and signed by the Chairperson. 

P159/17

Matters Arising

Minutes:

There were no matters arising.

P160/17

Planning Applications List with Recommendation for Decision pdf icon PDF 44 KB

Additional documents:

Minutes:

The Planning Officers proceeded to present the following planning applications with recommendation for decision by Members:

 

 

Applications Returned Following Site Inspection

 

LA11/2016/0700/F – Retrospective permission for garage and workshop to be used for purposes ancillary to enjoyment of householder on lands 100 metres north east of 120 Melmount Road, Sion Mills

 

The Planning Officer (PO) presented the above application details of which had been previously circulated to Members.  The PO provided information on the background to the application and based on material consideration recommended that the application be refused planning permission for reasons as outlined within the report.

 

Discussion ensued after which Councillor Jackson moved, seconded by Alderman McClintock to accept the PO’s recommendation to refuse planning permission.

 

The outcome of the vote; For 6, Against 0, Abstention 6.  The proposal to refuse planning permission was carried.

 

The Committee

 

Resolved       that planning application LA11/2016/0700/F be refused planning permission for reasons as outlined within the report.

 

LA11/2016/0701/F – Retrospective domestic garage/store to be used for purposes ancillary to enjoyment of householder on lands approximately 7 metres west of 120 Melmount Road, Sion Mills

 

The PO presented the above application details of which had been previously circulated to Members.  The PO provided information on the background to the application and based on material consideration recommended that the application be refused planning permission for reasons as outlined within the report.

 

Discussion ensued after which Councillor Boyle moved, seconded by Councillor Jackson to accept the PO’s recommendation to refuse planning permission.

 

The outcome of the vote; For 7, Against 0 and Abstention 6.  The proposal was carried.

The Committee

Resolved       that planning application LA11/2016/0701/F be refused planning permission for reasons as outlined within the report.

The Chair declared an interest with the following application and left the meeting.  The Vice-Chair of Committee chaired the meeting at this juncture.

 

J/2010/0481/F – Planning permission to erect six wind turbines with an overall height from ground to blade tip of 111m, 33kv substation and compound, construction of internal site tracks and associated works and ancillary works, access points on the Glenmornan Road and the relocation of the temporary turbine supply compound – FEI AMENDED PROPOSAL – includes the relocation of internal access tracks, reduction in turbine numbers from nine to six and the relocation of two turbines at Townland of Craignagapple approx. 650m west of Legalougha Bridge and approx.. 200m east of Owenmore Bridge, 8.5km east of Strabane

 

The PO presented the above application details of which had been previously circulated to Members.  He provided a detailed overview of the background to the application and based on material consideration and planning policy recommended that planning permission be granted subject to the conditions as outlined within the report.   

 

Mr Rory McDonnell (Agent) addressed the Committee on behalf of the applicant.

 

Councillor Dobbins joined the meeting at this stage.  

 

Discussion ensued after which Councillor Logue moved, seconded by Councillor Jackson not to accept the PO’s recommendation for the following planning reasons:

 

·         Detrimental effect on visual impact

·         Cumulative effect

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P161/17

Local Development Plan (LDP): Representations on the Preferred Options Paper (POP) pdf icon PDF 56 KB

Additional documents:

Minutes:

The PPO presented the above report a copy of which was previously circulated to Members.  The purpose of the report was to advise           Members on the analysis of all the representations received during the LDP Preferred Options Paper (POP) consultation period, the main issues raised, and next steps in terms of progressing these issues into the development of the draft LDP Plan Strategy.  The completion of the POP consultation marks the end of Stage 1 of the LDP process. 

 

Councillor Gardiner welcomed the report.  She however expressed concern over the lack of reference to disability and inclusion within the report and the need to be reflective of Section 75 statement.  She suggested the involvement of the Access/Inclusion Officer in the consultation process. 

 

The Director of Environment and Regeneration advised Members that internal/external steering groups were established to take the process forward to the next stage and would provide an opportunity to ensure that Section 75 was considered in detail.   She agreed to present a report to outline how such issues would be addressed in the development of the LDP.

           

Aldermen McClintock and Bresland left the meeting at this stage.

 

Councillor McHugh referred to the recent announcement to approve planning permission for the Three Rivers development project in Strabane and asked that Planning Officials remained cognizant of such a major project in terms of the LDP.

 

Members welcomed the report and commended the work achieved by the Planning Officials to date. Councillor Logue queried the timescale.

 

The Director of Environment and Regeneration clarified that there existed a number of issues that impacted upon the timescale and would be examined in conjunction with feedback received.  She assured Members that work would continue to be progressed and an update report on timescale would be provided to Committee following the next Steering Group meeting.

 

The Committee

 

            Recommended       that Council agree the interim considerations of the POP representations as outlined within the report as a basis for Planning Officials to proceed with Stage 2 of the preparation of the LDP, the Plan Strategy.  Officials will            proceed to publish on the Council website, the List Report and the Interim Report on POP representations as outlined within       Appendix 17 of the report. 

P162/17

Delegated Legacy Applications pdf icon PDF 37 KB

Minutes:

The Principal Planning Officer presented the above report a copy of    which was previously circulated to Members.  She advised Members that at a previous Planning Committee Meeting held on 23 March 2016, a paper was presented containing the list of all live planning applications in the system prior to April 2015.  

 

The purpose of the above report was to advise Members that planning applications J/2009/0299/F and J/2014/0295/F were wrongly referenced on the Appendix as “Committee Applications” indicating that they would be presented to the Planning Committee for decision, whereas the applications were in fact Delegated.

 

The Committee

 

Recommended       that Council notes the report and advise Planning Officials within the 7 day period if they wish either or both applications to be referred to Planning Committee for decision with planning reasons.

 

P163/17

Roscommon Study Visit pdf icon PDF 33 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 of a study visit to Roscommon County Council on 23rd November 2017.

 

Councillor Hastings moved, seconded by Councilor Dobbins that the Chair of Committee be permitted to attend the Roscommon Study Visit  if he so wished.

                       

The Committee

 

Recommended       that the Chair of Committee be permitted to attend the Roscommon Study Visit on 23    November 2017 if he so wished. 

 

P164/17

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 appraise Members on Planning Appeals currently in the system.  A background table was provided showing the current status of any live appeals and any decisions made since the previous month.

 

The Committee

 

Recommended       that Council notes the update on planning appeals.  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

P165/17

Dates for Planning Committee Site Visits pdf icon PDF 32 KB

Minutes:

The PPO presented the above report details of which were previously circulated to Members.  The purpose of the report was to advise Members on dates scheduled in the diary for site visits requested by Planning Committee.                 

                       

The Committee

Recommended       that Council notes the diary dates for Planning Committee site visits for information

P166/17

List of Decisions Issued - October 2017 pdf icon PDF 123 KB

Minutes:

The List of Decisions Issued during the month of October 2017 were circulated to Members for information.

 

The Committee

Recommended       that Council notes for information the List of Decisions issued during the month of October 2017.

 

 

P167/17

Thornhill Planning Application Update pdf icon PDF 28 KB

Minutes:

The PPO presented the above report, details of which were previously circulated to Members.  The purpose of the report was to provide an update on the planning application to redevelop the former Thornhill school site to provide a retirement village including a nursing home, semi-independent living units and community facilities.

 

Councillor Hassan expressed concern that the Thornhill Planning application was not being progressed, despite the fact that it was an opportunity to regenerate the area.  He  asked that discussions are continued with relevant Officials in order to progress the application.

 

The Director of Environment and Regeneration assured Members that strategic applications are prioritised by Planning Officials and discussions with key stakeholders are facilitated in order to progress major applications, however the timescale of progression depended upon the response time of statutory consultees.  She would continue to keep Members updated accordingly.