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Pre-determination Hearing for LA03/2015/0014/F

Pre-determination Hearing Arrangements for Planning Application LA03/2015/0014/F

At the monthly meeting of the Council’s Planning Committee held on 18 September 2017 it was confirmed that the pre-determination hearing for planning application LA03/2015/0014/F previously agreed by the Committee should be held in early October.  

The application is seeking full planning permission for the development of 393 residential units comprising of apartments, townhouses, semi-detached and detached dwellings along with mixed use facilities comprising of 2 no. retail units and crèche.  Also included new access points off Belmont Road, along with associated garages, landscape features and all other associated site works on lands at Belmont Road, approx. 200m south of Greenvale Road and Belmont Cemetery, Antrim.

The Planning Committee delegated the arrangements and procedures for the pre-determination hearing to Council Officers and these are now listed below.

Venue: Old Courthouse, Antrim

Date: Wednesday 11 October 2017

Time: 6.30pm

The pre-determination hearing will follow similar arrangements to those in place for the Planning Committee itself and will be presided over by the Chairman of the Committee.

The pre-determination hearing is open to members of the public to attend, however, space is limited and any persons wishing to attend must register with the Council. Spaces will be allocated on a first come, first served basis.

In addition to the applicant and their representatives, supporters, objectors and other members of the public may request to speak at the pre-determination hearing.  Details of how to register are set out below.

Where appropriate, consultees to the planning application will also be invited to attend and present at the hearing, although it should be noted that they cannot be required by the Council to attend.

It should be noted that none of the speakers at the hearing, including non-Committee Members of the Council are entitled to ask any questions or cross examine any other person.  However, Planning Committee Members may ask any speaker questions or seek clarification on any issue arising.

All requests to attend the hearing and requests to speak at the hearing must be registered with the Council by noon on the 5 October 2017. You may register by  emailing [email protected] or contacting the Planning Administration Team on 0300 123 6677.  Requests to speak will be facilitated on a first come first served basis.

Anyone registering to speak should state whether they are a Councillor who is not on the Planning Committee, a supporter including the applicant/agent, or an objector and set out the planning issues which you wish to raise.  You must supply any written information which you wish to be circulated to the Committee at the same time as your request. PowerPoint presentations are acceptable, however they must be submitted to the Council 3 working days prior to the hearing.  Please note that late requests to speak will not be allowed nor will material produced on the night be circulated to Members of the Planning Committee.

Up to six (6) non-Committee Members of the Council may request to speak at the hearing and a time restriction of three (3) minutes will apply to each Councillor.

A total period of up to eighteen (18) minutes will be allowed for objectors to speak and each speaker will normally be subject to a time limit of three (3) minutes. Where more than six (6) objectors register to speak the time limit will need to be split amongst the objectors.

Supporters of the proposal, including the applicant and agent, will be allowed the sum total of the time used by the objectors to speak during the hearing up to a maximum of eighteen (18) minutes and a minimum of nine (9) minutes.

Representatives from any consultee invited to attend will be subject to a time limit of five (5) minutes on their presentation.  Members of the Planning Committee may ask these representatives questions or seek clarification on any issue of their presentation.

It is anticipated that a list of persons scheduled to speak, and in which capacity, will be available 48 hours prior to the hearing.

At the start of the meeting a Planning Officer will provide information on the proposed development and the processing of the application to date.

The running order of speakers is then proposed as follows;

  1. Councillor(s) not on the Planning Committee
  2. Objectors
  3. Supporters including the Applicant or their Agent
  4. Consultees to the application which have been invited to attend.

No decision on the application will be made at the pre-determination hearing and the application will be presented before the Planning Committee at a later date and will be subject to the normal Planning Committee procedures.

Please note the Council reserves the right to amend these arrangements.