Agenda item

Planning Applications List with Recommendation for Decision

Minutes:

LA11/2018/0611/F – Proposed erection of infill 6 storey residential                  building containing 17 no. social housing apartments (7 no.                                     bedroom and 10 no. two bedroom) for category 1 – elderly                                    residents at land adjacent to the north of No. 19 Northland Road,                       Edenballmore, Derry.

                        It was agreed to defer the above application to allow the                                            agent/applicant to consider the Planning report.  The application would                  be re-tabled for consideration by Members at the next meeting.

                        LA11/2018/1199/F – The proposals include the widening of                                 existing path infrastructure at Bay Park, along Culmore Road,                             Culmore Point and Ardan Road to provide the 3m wide (width may                       vary) Greenway and the construction of a 3m wide (width may                                     vary as shown on the drawings) shared pedestrian and cyclist                              Greenway Path along Coney Road, as far as Culmore Country Park                  to end of scheme; the greenway is a mix of shared used                                        (carriageway/greenway) and new greenway path construction as                      shown on the drawings.  Proposals also include amendments to                         existing road kerb alignments, new road markings and signage,                 drainage, and soft landscaping, new path lighting, adjustments to                    existing road lighting and boundary treatments as shown on                           drawings.

                        The greenway commences on Bay Road (north of Bay Road                                 Business Park) and continues along the eastern boundary of Bay                       Park crosses under Madams Bank Road onto Culmore Road                              (through Boom Hall) continuing along Culmore Road from No. 47                        to No. 128 before branching off onto Springfield Road for                                    approximately 180m then turning right to run along the boundary                       of Thornhill College (approx. 54m west of Nos. 130 to 136 Culmore                    Road) and back onto Culmore Road north of No. 136.  The route                       continues along Culmore Road into Culmore Village and turns onto                  Culmore Point Road.  It branches onto Ardan Road terminating at              Hollybush Primary School and continues along Coney Road to                         border crossing at Cannings Lane.

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

                        Members accepted speaking rights from Mr J Henderson and                                    Mr D Gibbons who outlined the reasons to support approval of                               the application, after which Members were given the opportunity to              comment or seek points of clarification if they so wished.

                        Councillor Dobbins commented that whilst she supported the                                   recommendation to approve the application, she was concerned about                   the crossing point at the Magnet Bar.  She sought clarity on the reason              for the location because in her opinion it was a safety hazard for                           pedestrians and cyclists to use. She suggested that the cycle path be              extended to the existing crossing point that operated a traffic light                             system. 

Mr Gibbons clarified for Councillor Dobbins that to extend the cycle path to the existing crossing point would have resulted in the removal of the layby which provided parking for dwellings in the area.  He advised that as part of the mitigation measure adequate visibility splays, signage and lighting would be provided to ensure all safety measures were addressed accordingly.

                        Mr Gibbons clarified for Councillor Harkin that in terms of safety there                     would be a single crossing point and speed humps provided at                                 Culmore Road in particular. 

                        Councillor McKinney requested that consideration be given towards the                  reduction of hedging at the Springfield Road location.  Mr Henderson                     agreed to investigate the location from a safety perspective.

                        The Chair invited Members to seek clarification from the Planning                             Officer, if they so wished.

                        Councillor Mellon welcomed the proposal and commented that it was a                  major scheme for the area and was a good investment.  She was                               content that the applicant had addressed every opportunity to mitigate                     any safety issues.  She added that the scheme provided an opportunity                       to promote people’s health and well-being and had to be welcomed.

                        Councillor Mellon proposed, seconded by Councillor Dobbins that the                     recommendation to approve planning permission be supported,                               subject to the conditions as outlined within the report.  

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

                        The Committee

                                                Resolved       to support the recommendation to                                                                              approve planning application                                                                                        LA11/2018/1199/F, subject to the                                                                                 conditions as outlined within                                                                                         the report.

                        LA11/2018/0676/F – Proposed residential development consisting                   of 4 no. detached dwellings and associated works at 12 Clooney                     Road, Caw Roundabout, Derry, BT47 6SY

                        Members agreed that the above application be deferred to allow                              Officers sufficient time to review the late information received.  The                          application would be presented at a later date, following consideration                of officers, consultation with the various statutory agencies and                              objectors.

                        LA11/2019/0936/F – Erection of wind turbine on 55m tower with                      52m rotor diameter (additional information received) at lands                                     330m South of 29 Erganagh Road, Castlederg, Co. Tyrone.

                        The Principal Planning Officer presented the above application, details                     of which were previously circulated to Members.  Following all material                        consideration in line with planning policy it was recommended to                                  refuse planning permission for reasons as outlined in detail within the                report.

                        Members accepted speaking rights from Alderman Hussey, Mr Conor                      Foy and Mr Andrew Allen who outlined reasons to approve the                            application.  After which they were given the opportunity to comment                 or seek points of clarification if they so wished.

                        Mr Allen clarified for Members that the application for wind turbine was                  because it was more powerful in comparison to existing wind turbine.                      He added that in terms of shadow flicker issue there was technology                  available whereby the turbine would switch off and the shadow flicker              would be eliminated. 

                        The PPO clarified that in terms of the economic environmental and                          social benefits PPS18 does have significant weight and Officers were                        cognisant of renewable energy projects, however as outlined within the                         report the proposal was contrary to policy in terms of critical views on                this area of the landscape and the scale of the wind turbine was                                   significant.

                        Alderman Kerrigan expressed the opinion that he was not convinced                       that there was an issue with viewpoint and he highlighted that no                                     objections had been received in relation to visual impact.  He further               stated that the application had received cross border and cross                            community support.

                        Councillor McGuire concurred with the previous speaker.  He added                         that in his opinion the need outweighed the cumulative impact.

                        Discussion ensued after which Alderman Kerrigan moved, seconded by                   Councillor McGuire to overturn the Officer recommendation and for                        approval to be granted subject to standard conditions.

                        The outcome of the vote was unanimous support, with the exception of                  Councillor Gallagher who abstained from the vote.

                        The Committee

                                                Resolved       to overturn the Planning Officer’s                                                                                 recommendation to refuse planning                                                                            permission and for approval to be                                                                                granted subject to standard conditions.

                        LA11/2018/0713/F – Erection of 6 two-bedroom apartments and 6                   two bedroom dwellings with access arrangements, parking                              amenity space, landscaping and associated site works (12                             residential units in total), Lands at 162-166 Foxhill, Derry.

                        Members noted that the above application was withdrawn from the                         planning system by the applicant.

                        LA11/2021/0036/F – Change of use, refurbishment, remodelling                       and extension of existing guard house building No .10 at                                 Ebrington Square and minor elevational works to building No. 10A                         Ebrington Square to provide office accommodation incorporating              meeting rooms and associated facilities at building No. 10                               Ebrington Square, Ebrington, Derry.

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

                        Member accepted speaking rights from Mr M Crothers, Applicant who                    outlined reasons to support the recommendation to approve the                              application.

                        Alderman McClintock referred to the existing office accommodation                        available on site and stated that whilst she welcomed the                                            proposal, she would have preferred a more imaginative usage rather                 than for additional office accommodation.

                        Councillor Mooney proposed, seconded by Alderman McClintock that                     the recommendation to approve planning permission be supported,                   subject to conditions as outlined within the report.

                        The Members expressed unanimous support of the proposal.

 

 

                        The Committee

                                                Resolved       to support the recommendation to                                                                              approve planning application                                                                                        LA11/2021/0036/F, subject to conditions                                                                   as outlined within the report.

                        LA11/2021/0037/LBC – Change of use, refurbishment, remodelling                  and extension of existing guard house building No. 10 at                                 Ebrington Square and minor elevational works to building No. 10A                         Ebrington Square to provide office accommodation incorporating              meeting rooms and associated facilities at building No. 10                               Ebrington Square, Ebrington, Derry. 

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

                        Councillor Mooney proposed, seconded by Alderman McClintock that                     the recommendation to approve planning permission be supported,                   subject to conditions as outlined within the report.

                        The Members expressed unanimous support of the proposal.

                        The Committee

                                                Resolved       to support the recommendation to                                                                              approve planning application                                                                                        LA11/2021/0037/LBC, subject to                                                                                   conditions as outlined within the report.

 

                        LA11/2020/0568/F – Proposed change of use from former Officer’s                  mess to office accommodation along with internal alterations,                           addition of lift shaft and flat roof extension at building 85 & 85a                    Ebrington, Limavady Road, Londonderry, BT47 6HH.

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

                        Councillor Boyle proposed, seconded by Alderman McClintock to                             support the recommendation to approve the above planning                                    application.

                        Members expressed unanimous support of the proposal.

                        The Committee

                                                Resolved       to support the recommendation to                                                                              approve planning application                                                                                        LA11/2020/0568/F, subject to                                                                                        conditions as outlined within the report.

                        LA11/2020/0569/LBC – Proposed change of use from former                              officer’s mess to office accommodation along with internal                                 alterations, addition of lift shaft and flat roof extension at Building                  85 & 85a Ebrington, Limavady Road, Londonderry, BT47 6HH.

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

                        Councillor Boyle proposed, seconded by Alderman McClintock to                             support the recommendation to approve the above planning                                    application.

                        Members expressed unanimous support of the proposal.

                        The Committee

                                                Resolved       to support the recommendation to                                                                              approve planning application                                                                                        LA11/2020/0569/LBC subject to                                                                                    conditions as outlined within the report.

 

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