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Minutes for Town Planning Committee meeting, Jun 18 2009, 4.30PM official page

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Venue: Council Chamber, City Hall, Belfast

Contact: Mr Joe Heaney, Committee Administrator 

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1a

Apologies

Minutes:

            Apologies for inability to attend were reported from Councillors Jones, B. Kelly, McCausland and McClenaghan.

 

1b

Minutes

Minutes:

            The minutes of the meeting of 21st May were taken as read and signed as correct.  It was reported that those minutes, together with the minutes of 7th May, had been adopted by the Council at its meeting on 1st June, subject to:

 

(i)      the decision of the Town Planning Committee of 7th May under the heading “Planning Applications: Reconsidered Items – 47, 49 and the rear garden of 45 Diamond Gardens” adopting the recommendation of the Divisional Planning Manager to approve the application for the demolition of two dwellings and the erection of six two-storey semi-detached and two two-storey houses at 47, 49 and the rear garden of 45 Diamond Gardens, be rejected on the grounds that the development would be detrimental to the local residential amenity by reason of overdevelopment, intensification of the site and would result in dominance of adjacent residential properties;

 

(ii)     the omission of the minute of 21st May under the heading “Planning Applications – 4 Willowfield Crescent”, which, at the request of Councillor Empey, had been taken back to the Committee for further consideration; and

 

(iii)    the omission of matters in respect of which the Council had delegated its powers to the Committee.

 

2.

Routine Correspondence PDF 52 KB

Minutes:

            It was reported that correspondence had been received from various Statutory Bodies, Agencies and other organisations in respect of the undernoted items:

 

Notification from the Roads Service of the making of Abandonment Orders in respect of Ridgeway Street and Clifton Street/Glenravel Street footpath.

 

Notification from the Roads Service of its intention to make an Abandonment Order in respect of a portion of Devonshire Way.

 

Notification from the Roads Service of its intention to make a Stopping‑Up Order at Sunningdale Gardens.

 

Notification from the Roads Service regarding the provision of a disabled parking bay at 32 Moorgate Street.

 

Notification from the Roads Service of its intention to introduce waiting restrictions on Castlereagh Street (at its junction with Templemore Avenue and Clandeboye Street).

 

Notification from the Northern Ireland Housing Executive confirming the making of Extinguishment of Public Rights-of-Way Orders relating to:

 

(i)      a portion of Koram Way;

 

(ii)     a footpath to the rear of Eliza Street;

 

(iii)    a portion of the footpath in McAuley Street;

 

(iv)    a portion of the footpath in Stewart Street;

 

(v)     a portion of the footpath to the rear of Upper Stanfield Street; and

 

(vi)    a portion of the footpath alongside 421-425 North Queen Street.

 

Notification from the Northern Ireland Housing Executive confirming the making of a Vesting Order relating to properties at Redevelopment Area 134 – Lawnbrook 2

 

            Copies of the Orders, letters and maps relating to the above matters were displayed at the meeting for the information of the Members.

 

            After discussion, the Committee noted the information which had been provided.

 

3.

Request for Deputations

Minutes:

            The Members’ Support Officer reported that a request had been received from Mr. John Irvine seeking to address the Committee in relation to his ongoing dispute with the Planning Service over its refusal to grant planning permission for alterations to his garage.

 

            After discussion, the Committee agreed that, since the application referred to was not before it currently for consideration and the dispute was already being dealt with by the Planning Service, an Agency for which the Council was not responsible, the request to address the Committee be not acceded to.

 

3a

Management Board Referral PDF 400 KB

4.

Lands 85 metres south of 25 Harberton Park

Minutes:

            The Committee was advised that correspondence had been received from the Director of Operations, Planning Service Headquarters, in relation to the Committee’s decision of 5th February, to refer to the Planning Management Board an application for the demolition of buildings and the erection of a residential development comprising one hundred and forty units, on lands 85 metres south of 25 Harberton Park in respect of which the Divisional Planning Manager had offered a recommendation to approve.  The correspondence indicated that the Planning Management Board had considered the referral and had decided that it failed to meet the criteria as outlined in the Guidance for Councils on the Operation of the Management Board Referral Procedure which had been issued to all Councils in September, 2005 and revised May, 2007.  Accordingly, the Director of Operations had confirmed that the proposal would not be subject to a Management Board Referral.  In addition, the correspondence had indicated that a decision notice to approve the application would be issued to the applicants in due course.

 

Noted.

 

4a

Donegall Place Enabling Measures PDF 106 KB

Additional documents:

Minutes:

            The Committee considered the undernoted report:

 

“Relevant Background Information

 

      Planning approval for the DSD Streets Ahead proposals for Donegall Place and Royal Avenue received endorsement from the Town Planning Committee on the 2nd April 2009. In order to progress the Streets Ahead programme in Donegall Place a number of changes are required to the traffic movements in the city centre and surrounding streets. Whilst there is no significant construction works Roads Service is required to make several Traffic Regulation Orders to facilitate the alterations to traffic movement and have commenced the consultation process for changes to Castle Street, Queen Street and Upper Queen Street. 

 

      Roads Service carried out informal consultations to provide business owners/occupiers on the frontages and other interested parties with the opportunity to discuss the draft proposals. A consultation Drop-In Event was held at PLACE on Fountain Street on Wednesday 28th and Thursday 29th January 2009. Roads Service also received some responses in writing, and have had held one-to-one meetings with a number of business and property owners.

 

Key Issues

 

      Roads Service has appointed consultants Arup to develop proposals to facilitate the DSD Streets Ahead proposals for removal of northbound traffic from Donegall Place. This phase of the Streets ahead will have implications on general traffic movements in the city centre and will involve re-routing of some bus services and alterations to existing traffic movements in surrounding streets.

 

      Roads Service consider that a number of Traffic Regulations Orders (TRO’s) will be required for Castle Street, Queen Street and Upper Queen Street to facilitate the alterations to traffic movements. There will be changes to the movement of scheduled bus routes with services that utilised northbound travel along Donegall Place being directed to Queen Street/Castle Street before rejoining Royal Avenue. The proposals are draft and may be subject to change following the consultation process. The key features of the proposed scheme are illustrated in Appendix 1 and include the following:

 

      Castle Street

 

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