Agenda and minutes

Reconvened Meeting from 7 July 2021, Planning Committee
Thursday 8 July 2021 2.00 pm

Venue: Guildhall- Hybrid/Socially Distanced. View directions

Items
No. Item

P144/21

Notice and Summons of Meeting

Minutes:

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

P145/21

Member Attendance and Apologies

Minutes:

            The Head of Planning took the roll call and recorded apologies from            Councillors J Barr, Kelly, McGuire and Alderman Bresland.

P146/21

Statement for Remote Meeting

Minutes:

The Chair read the Statement for Remote Meetings

P147/21

Declarations of Member's Interests

Minutes:

There were no declarations of interest from Members.

 

Open for Decision

P148/21

Planning Applications List with Recommendation for Decision pdf icon PDF 176 KB

Additional documents:

Minutes:

LA11/2020/0684/F - Erection of switch room and bin storage to                         serve Building 2 of the adjacent approved Grade A office                                                         development (Planning Ref LA11/2018/1164/RM) with associated                             minor alterations to adjoining footpaths and vehicular hard                                          standing at lands 150m northeast of Waterside Roundabout, King                              Street, Ebrington.

                        The Senior Planning Officer (SPO) presented the above application,                                    details of which was previously circulated to Members.  The SPO                                           outlined the background to the application and based on material                                        consideration in line with planning policy, recommended an approval                                   subject to conditions as outlined within the report.

 

                        Councillor Jackson proposed, seconded by Councillor J Boyle to support                           the recommendation to approve planning permission, subject to                                           conditions as outlined within the report.

 

                        The Committee

 

                                                Resolved       to support the Officer’s recommendation                                                                  to approve planning application                                                                                   LA11/2020/0684/F, subject to conditions                                                                   as outlined within the report.

 

P149/21

Consideration of Confirmation of Provisional Tree Preservation Order (pTPO) at former Church site at Beechwood Park & Clonmeen Drive, Strathfoyle, Derry pdf icon PDF 205 KB

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Minutes:

The Principal Planning Officer presented the above report, a copy of                        which was previously circulated to Members.  The purpose of the report                         was to seek Members’ agreement on a consideration not to confirm a             Provisional TPO (pTPO) at the following address:  The former Church                      site at Beechwood Park and Clonmeen Drive, Strathfoyle, Derry. 

 

                        Councillor Dobbins expressed her concern with the unannounced tree                     felling at the above site in February of this year and described the                             action as environmental vandalism.  She stated that Council had an                               obligation to ensure the protection of mature trees particularly during                this period of the Covid-19 pandemic, when the public are encouraged              to enjoy the outdoors and nature. She referred to the recommendation                  outlined within the report and proposed a full protection order for                           the remaining trees on site, because not to do so would be                                        contradictory to the Council’s commitment towards climate change. 

 

                        Councillor Jackson fully concurred with the previous speaker’s                                   comments.  He acknowledged that the tree felling activity had raised                       widespread concern amongst the public and in particular from                               residents in the Strathfoyle area.  He hoped that the LDP process would                 ensure that this type of approach is not tolerated by Council and                           further precautionary measures be considered.  He asked that as a                           caveat to Councillor Dobbins proposal, that Planning section explored                     the replacement of the trees felled in February 2021.

 

                        The Head of Planning explained that from a legal perspective, Council                     had no authority to extend the emergency pTPO at this stage of the                    process.  She suggested that Members consider the modification of                    the recommendation presented today in terms of the replacement of                       those trees categorised as dead, dying or dangerous, however there                       was no legal obligation to include the replacement of those trees                             already felled.

 

                        The PPO advised that the findings from the independent review of the                    tree survey carried out by the landowner identified trees that required                 to be felled for safety reasons, however the remaining trees whilst                               they were visually significant in the area they had various defects that                        showed signs of stress and would require significant amounts of                            remedial works by the landowner in order to make safe and this would                         result in a reduction in height and weight of existing trees on site.

 

                        Discussion ensued after which Councillor Dobbins proposed, seconded                   by Councillor Jackson that the current temporary pTPO be modified to             include all of the healthy trees and those categorised as dead, dying                     and dangerous to be felled and a request for replacement of trees and                remedial works to be carried out by the landowner.

 

                        The outcome of the vote was;

 

                        For; 8

                        Against; 0

                        Abstention; 1. 

 

The proposal was carried.                                

                        The Committee        

Recommended       that the current temporary pTPO                                                                      be modified to include all of the                                                                        healthy trees and those                                                                                        categorised as dead, dying and                                                                          dangerous be felled and a request                                                                 for replacement of trees that were                                                               removed and for remedial works                                                                       of existing trees for safety reasons.

 

P150/21

DfC Call for Evidence on a Housing Supply Strategy for NI pdf icon PDF 154 KB

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Minutes:

 

                        The Principal Planning Officer presented the above report, details of                        which was previously circulated to Members.  The purpose of the report                  was to inform Members of the Call for Evidence by the Department for                    Communities (DfC) which represented their first formal stage in the                                    process of developing a Housing Supply Strategy.  The Call for                                 Evidence was launched on 19 May 2021, and due to close on Friday 16                July 2021.  Members are asked to agree the issuing of the draft                                 response to the Call for Evidence.

 

                        Councillor Jackson welcomed the consultation on the Housing Supply                     Strategy for NI.  He acknowledged the housing need within the District                   Council area and in particular the City.  He endorsed the draft response                     which highlighted the housing need.  He asked that the discrepancy                between the Housing Growth Indicator and the Department’s                             housing need assessment be highlighted within the consultation                                     response from Council, however he had every confidence that the NIHE                  would continue to play a key role in highlighting the issue.

 

                        Alderman Hussey referred to the rural single dwelling applications and                    housing cluster applications and stated that these be supported                                because they provided an opportunity to repopulate the rural areas,                rather than focusing primarily on social housing developments in the                urban area. 

 

                        Councillor Mellon referred to the problems associated with land                               banking which prevented the provision of social/affordable housing.                        She requested that the issue be revisited in terms of time frames and                  how progress can be achieved more expediently.

 

                        The Head of Planning expressed her appreciation to Members for their                   comments to be included in the draft response to the Call for                                    Evidence.

                        The Committee

 

                                                Recommended       that Council note the current Call                                                                                  for Evidence invitation and its                                                                                        associated deadline and agree to                                                                                  issue the attached response, to be                                                                                submitted before 16 July 2021.

 

Open for Information

P151/21

Planning Appeals Update pdf icon PDF 93 KB

Additional documents:

Minutes:

The Principal Planning Officer presented the above report a copy of                         which was previously circulated to Members.  The purpose of the report                         was to appraise Members on planning appeals currently in the system,                        the status of any live appeals and any decisions made since the                                     previous meeting.

 

                        Members noted the above report for information.

 

P152/21

List of Decisions Issued - June 2021 pdf icon PDF 118 KB

Minutes:

Members noted the List of Decisions issued during the month of                              June 2021.

 

 

The meeting went into confidential business.