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Planning service continues in Mid Ulster

Mid Ulster District Council’s Planning Committee is to resume its monthly meetings next month with arrangements in place to allow remote access for members of the public.
 

While normal meetings of the committee have been suspended since the beginning of COVID-19 pandemic, processing of planning applications has continued in the intervening 8-week period with some 133 planning applications received, the majority of which (over 170) relating to housing and the remainder comprising shops, industrial premises, tourism and recreation schemes, agricultural buildings, waste facilities, a quarry, as well as other more minor developments.
 
During the same period, a further 110 applications were progressed to decision under delegated authority. At present there are currently 831 planning applications under consideration.
 
The next meeting is planned to take place on June 2 with video conferencing technology in place to allow applicants and objectors the opportunity to address the committee.
 
Chair of the Planning Committee, Councillor Cathal Mallaghan, is keen to see the meetings resume. He said, “

It is now more important than ever that we do all we can to help protect and safeguard our economy. In Mid Ulster the manufacturing and construction sector accounts for almost 30% of all jobs in the district. It is therefore vital that the planning service continues to operate and provide the necessary decisions so that the economy can be supported. I must commend the planning staff who have worked tirelessly, even in these difficult circumstances, to continue to provide this important service for the public. The monthly meetings commencing again in June is a welcome development which will see further positive outcomes for the district, our residents and our economy. 

The agenda for the meeting will be available on the Council’s website from 26 May for anyone who wishes to check if their application is listed. For this, and other planning news/information, see here.

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