Agenda and minutes

Planning Committee
Wednesday 31 January 2018 2.00 pm

Venue: Council Offices, Derry Road, Strabane

Items
No. Item

P21/18

Notice and Summons of Meeting

Minutes:

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

 

P22/18

Members Attendance and Apologies

Minutes:

There were no apologies received from Members

P23/18

Declarations of Member's Interests

Minutes:

There were no declarations of interest.

P24/18

Deputations (none)

Chairperson's Business

P25/18

Late Information Received: LA11/2015/0759/F, A/2014/0629/F, LA11/2017/0996/F

Minutes:

It was noted that late information had been received in relation to the above planning applications and Members would be given the opportunity to review the information prior to presentation of the application.

 

P26/18

Status of Strabane Area Plan in Determination of Planning Applications

Minutes:

The Chair advised that the above report had been withdrawn to allow Officers to provide a more substantive report at a future meeting.

The Lead Legal Services Officer advised that a number of Planning Applications relevant to the Strabane Area Plan had been withheld for one month, pending presentation of the above report.  He added however, that due to the decision to withdraw the report today, it will be necessary for Officers to review each application to determine whether progress would be further delayed if not presented at the next meeting.

 

P27/18

Request for Pre-Determination Hearing - Old Railway Station 'Hub'

Minutes:

The Director of Environment and Regeneration reported that a request had been received from Translink for a Pre-Determination Hearing (PDH) in respect to the application for a Transport Hub.

Councillor Hassan moved, seconded by Councillor Logue to accept the request for a Pre-Determination Hearing and for a site visit to be arranged in advance of the PDH.

The Committee

Recommended       that a Pre-Determination Hearing be held to discuss the proposed Transport Hub and for a site visit to be co-ordinated.

 

P28/18

Special Planning Committee Meeting

Minutes:

The Director of Environment referred to a request received for a Special Planning Committee Meeting to present the following planning applications:

·         LA11/2017/0968/F

·         LA11/2015/0759/F

The Committee

Recommended       that a Special Planning Committee meeting would be held on Tuesday 13 February 2018 (time and venue to be agreed)to discuss the above applications.

 

P29/18

Expression of Appreciation

Minutes:

The Chair informed Committee that this was the last meeting for Mrs Corry, Planning Administrator to be in attendance, as she was moving to a new role within Planning section.  He expressed his appreciation for her contribution to the Planning Committee.  Members echoed the Chair’s sentiments and wished her well in her new role in the future.

Alderman McClintock joined the meeting.

 

P30/18

Confirmation of the Open Minutes of the Special Planning Committee held on Wednesday 20 December 2017 pdf icon PDF 51 KB

Minutes:

The Open Minutes of the Special Planning Committee meeting held on 20 December 2017 (SP08/17-SP14/17)) were agreed and signed by the Chair of Committee.

 

P31/18

Matters Arising

Minutes:

There were no matters arising from the Open Minutes of the Special Planning Committee meeting held on 20 December 2017.

 

P32/18

Confirmation of the Open Minutes of the Planning Committee held on Wednesday 10 January 2018 pdf icon PDF 87 KB

Minutes:

The Open Minutes of the Planning Committee meeting held on 10 January 2018 (P01/18-P15/18) were agreed and signed by the Chair of Committee.

P33/18

Matters Arising

Minutes:

There were no matters arising from the Open Minutes of the Planning Committee held on 10 January 2018.

P34/18

Planning Applications List with Recommendation for Decision pdf icon PDF 40 KB

Additional documents:

Minutes:

The following planning applications for decision were presented by the Planning Case Officers:

 

 

Reconsidered Applications:

LA11/2015/0759/F – Proposed alterations to existing public house       to include new side access door, ramp and smoking area at 21 Drumahoe Road, L’Derry

 

The Chair reported that a request to defer the above application had been received together with late items of information.

The Head of Planning in response to a query from Alderman McClintock advised that the objector had contacted the case officer directly and still had concerns regarding the amended proposal and wished to address Committee again in relation to the issues and had therefore requested to defer the application to a future Committee as notification was very short.

           

Councillor Boyle commented that it was important that applicants/agents be reminded of the Planning protocol and in particular the timeframes to be adhered to when requesting speaking rights at Committee meeting.  Consideration was given to notification of applicants and objectors when applications are being presented to Planning Committee.

 

The Director of Environment and Regeneration advised that this issue was highlighted within the recent service review and would be addressed at the forthcoming Planning Committee workshops.

           

Councillor Jackson moved, seconded by Councillor Logue to defer the above application for hearing at the forthcoming Special Planning Committee.

 

The Committee

 

Recommended       that planning application LA11/2015/0759/F would be deferred and presented at Special Planning Committee Meeting on 13 February 2018.

LA11/2017/0662/O – Proposed site for erection of new 1 and 3/4storey farm dwelling, detached garage and septic tank at lands      adjacent and to the South West of 82 Ballyhanedin Road, Claudy

 

The Principal Planning Officer (PPO) presented the above application, details of which were previously circulated to Members.  The PPO reminded Members that the application was returned following a decision by Committee not to accept the recommendation to refuse planning permission. She reported that Officials had considered the recommended reasons for approval cited by Members, however         continued to maintain a recommendation to refuse permission for reasons as outlined within the report.  She advised that if Committee were minded to approve permission, a number of conditions were provided on a without prejudice basis.

 

Mr Donaghey, Agent addressed the Committee.

           

Councillor Boyle moved, seconded by Councillor Hastings to approve planning permission subject to the conditions as outlined within the report. The outcome of the vote was unanimous support of the proposal.         

The Committee

Resolved       that planning application LA11/2017/0662/O be granted planning approval subject to the conditions as outlined within the report.

New Applications 

A/2014/0629/F - Medical building (totalling 6,901 gross sq.m) with car parking in a semi-basement. Superstore (totalling 5,574 gross sq. m) associated car parking. Restaurant. Self Service Filling Station. Servicing and landscaping with access/egress via Pennyburn Pass and Pennyburn Industrial Estate Road at Arntz Belting Company Ltd site, Pennyburn Pass and former Eurocentre West site, Pennyburn Industrial Estate Road, Pennyburn Industrial Estate, Londonderry.

 

The PPO presented the above planning application, details of which had been previously circulated to Members.  She outlined in detail the  ...  view the full minutes text for item P34/18

P35/18

Consultation from DFI re. Wind Farm in Co. Donegal (LA11/2017/1134/TBA) pdf icon PDF 36 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 consultation which had been received from DFI Strategic Planning Division, in relation to the above application for the erection of a wind farm in Co. Donegal.  DFI Strategic Planning are processing a transboundary application and have consulted with DCSDC with regard to any comments they wished to make regarding this planning application.

Members discussed the above report and the following outcome was agreed:

The Committee

Recommended        that Council agree to a request for an extension to the consultation response deadline, so to allow for a presentation by the Agent to all Members of the Planning Committee before submission of a response to DFI Planning.

P36/18

IMPROVE Project - Update and Next Steps pdf icon PDF 48 KB

Minutes:

The Senior Planning Officer presented the above report, details of which had been previously circulated to Members.  The purpose of the report was to update Members on the implementation to date of IMPROVE pilot project within Council’s planning function and to seek Members’ agreement to mainstream into the planning function, prior to the project formally finishing in June 2018.

The Committee         

    Recommended               that Council agree: a) the continuation of IMPROVE-style social media and pro-active LDP engagement throughout the remainder of the LDP-preparation process, giving appropriate weight to comments received.

b) for IMPROVE-style comments being summarised and included in Case Officers’ Committee reports for those applications selected for such social media engagement and for Members and Planning Officials to decide, on a case by case basis, on the level of weight to be attached to such IMPROVE –received comments.  

P37/18

Appeals Update pdf icon PDF 35 KB

Additional documents:

Minutes:

Members received an update on planning appeals currently in the system and the current status of any live appeals and any decisions made since the previous month.

The Committee

                            Recommended   that Council note the update on                                                   appeals.

 

P38/18

Status of Strabane Area Plan in Determination of Planning Applications pdf icon PDF 57 KB

Minutes:

Members noted that the above report was withdrawn for further review and would be presented at a future meeting. 

P39/18

List of Decisions Issued - January 2018 pdf icon PDF 123 KB

Minutes:

The List of Decisions Issued during the month of January 2018 were circulated to Members for information.

The Committee

Recommended       that Council note for information the List of Decisions issued during the month of January 2018.