Agenda and minutes

Special Planning Committee, Planning Committee
Thursday 14 February 2019 1.30 pm

Venue: Guildhall, Derry

No. Item


Notice and Summons of Meeting


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



Member Attendance and Apologies


The Head of Planning completed the roll call. Apologies were received from Alderman Bresland, Councillor Dobbins and Councillor McGuire.



Declarations of Member's Interests


The Members had no declarations of interest.


Late Information Received


The Chair advised that late information had been received from Mr Stephens, Matrix Planning Consultancy in objection to the application. Members were allocated time to review the late information before discussion commenced.


Chairperson's Business


Planning Application A/2014/0629/F with Recommendation for Decision pdf icon PDF 619 KB

Additional documents:


A/2014/0629/F- Medical Building (totalling 6901 gross  sq m) with car parking in a semi-basement, superstore (totalling 5574 gross sum) associated car parking, Restaurant, Self Service Filling Station, servicing and landscaping with access/egress via Pennyburn Pass Industrial estate Road. Arntz Belting Company Ltd Site, Pennyburn Pass and former Eurocentre West site, Pennyburn Industrial Estate Road, Pennyburn Industrial Estate Londonderry.


The Principal Planning Officer presented the above application, details of which had been previously circulated to Members. She provided a brief summary of the application. Following consideration of the facts of the application against relevant planning policy a recommendation was provided to approve planning permission, subject to the conditions as outlined within the report.


Mr Monaghan, MBA Planning addressed the Committee on behalf on his client, Lidl, in objection to the application. 


Mr McGurran, McGurran and Associates addressed the Committee on behalf of the agent in support of the application.


Ms McShane, Kevin McShane Ltd addressed the Committee on behalf of the agent in support of the application in relation to traffic management.


Dr Hull, Flood Risk Consulting addressed the Committee on behalf of the agent in relation to the Flood Risk Assessment which his company carried out.


In response to a request from Alderman McClintock, Mr McGurran indicated that he was not able to disclose the identity of any prospective tenants for the site due to the commercially sensitive nature of this information.


In reply to a question from Councillor Hastings, Mr McGurran clarified that he felt the business proposed for the site would not compete with Lidl who had already established a customer base in the area, and would therefore not have an impact on employment figures within Lidl.


Following further questions from Councilllor Hastings, Ms McShane clarified that several measures were planned to mitigate the impact of the application on the traffic in the Buncrana Road area. She confirmed that these measures should mean that traffic congestion in the area should not become worse than at present.


After questioning from Councillor McLaughlin, Mr McGurran indicated that once planning permission was granted, work should commence in December 2019. He clarified that discussions with a prospective tenant were ongoing, although he could not provide further information due to the commercially sensitive nature of the topic.


A Member of the Public asked for speaking rights at this point, however, the Chair declined this request. He advised that all relevant persons had been notified of the meeting in advance and requests to speak needed to be made within the appropriate timeframes and protocols.


In response to a question from Councillor Logue, the Lead Legal Services Officer confirmed that all Objectors and Supporters on file had been notified of the meeting.


Following a question from Councillor Hastings, Mr Jenkinson, Department for Infrastructure –Rivers confirmed his satisfaction with the Flood Risk Assessment provided by the applicant. He clarified that the application had been awarded a low-risk hazard rating.


After concerns were raised by Alderman McClintock, the Principal Planning Officer commented  ...  view the full minutes text for item SP5/19