Speaking to Causeway Coast Community this evening Causeway Coast & Glens Independent Councillor Padraig McShane says he withdrew from todays planning meeting due to sustained lobbying which he felt compromised the integrity of the planning process.
“I do not wish to be more specific in terms of who was lobbying except to say that additional information from applicants or objectors is always better going to planning officers with a request to disseminate to members of the planning committee.
That avenue ensures rigorous impartiality and that all councillors receive the same information.
Information relating to planning matters was passed to some members- in some cases – hand delivered, while others did not catch site of same.
I should use the opportunity to acknowledged that with my declaration and immediate withdrawal, I’ve cancelled all views in relation to this application. I would also commend all my colleagues on the planning committee for their professional conduct since the adoption of planning powers by local government.”
The application surrounded the demolition of existing sheds. Proposed Caravan Park including Sites for 51 no. Touring Caravans, 49 no. Static Caravans, 18 no. Camping Cabins, Manager’s and Amenity Caravans, Access Roads and Landscaping. Improvement of Ballymacrea Road (including new public footpath) to improve site access and carriageway improvements at No’s 39, 90m west of 59d, 59c /59g and 67 Ballymacrea Road, and at the Ballymacrea/Ballybogey Roads Junction.
The application was approved with 9 for and 4 against subject to road improvements conditions.