First Meeting For New Planning Committee
23 April 2015
Members of the Planning Committee held their first meeting on Monday 20 April at Mossley Mill. In attendance were (L-R) Cllr Trevor Beatty; Ald Fraser Agnew; Cllr Stephen Ross; Chairman of the Planning Committee Cllr Roderick Swann; Cllr Jim Bingham; Director of Community Planning and Regeneration, Majella McAlister; Cllr Brian Duffin; Head of Planning, John Linden; Cllr Henry Cushinan; Cllr David Hollis; Cllr Billy Webb; Cllr John Smyth.
The first meeting of the new Antrim and Newtownabbey Borough Council Planning Committee took place on Monday evening 20 April in Mossley Mill. The Council Chamber was a hive of activity as Members of the Committee debated the merits of the seven planning applications being presented by the Council’s new planning staff.
Chairman of the new Planning Committee, Councillor Roderick Swann said: “I appreciate the hard work that officers have undertaken behind the scenes to ensure the smooth amalgamation of two legacy councils and the work undertaken by the Council’s new planning staff to bring these applications speedily to the first Committee meeting. I, and my Committee colleagues, are looking forward to the challenges that our new role as decision-makers and place shapers will bring.”
Among the first decisions taken by the Committee was a unanimous vote to approve a scheme for the redevelopment of Parkhall Integrated College in Antrim.
Councillor Roderick Swann commented: “This significant new development scheme which will represent a £16.5m investment in the Borough is welcome news for the local area. It will mean a new and modern school that will benefit the Antrim area for many years with a jobs boost during the construction phase.
“Given its social and economic importance I’m delighted that this application was turned around by the planning officers in just over four months. It is the Planning Committee’s aim to ensure we have an efficient planning process that promotes positive development. The timely approval of this scheme helps to do this.”