People and communities need to be genuinely engaged

9 02 2013

 Community Planning

Ballycastle SDLP Councillor Dónal Cunningham has welcomed reforms to the planning system brought to the Assembly on 14 January via the Planning Bill but warned that similar efforts were needed to progress Community Planning.

Councillor Cunningham said “In Ballycastle and Moyle we have always been keen to see well designed sustainable development which is sympathetic to the environment. So as we get ready for the transfer of planning powers to the new local government authorities in 2015, it is equally important that the outstanding reforms and modernization of the planning system are implemented and that progress towards a system of Community planning is enabled. People and communities need to be genuinely engaged in the decisions made on development within their community and on the provision of public services which affect them”

“The community wants to see a system which promotes faster and fairer processing of planning applications and appeals, combined with simpler and tougher enforcement against planning breaches”

Cunningham welcomes new measures to cut red tape in planning process

27 10 2012

Ballycastle SDLP Councillor Dónal Cunningham has welcomed the announcement by Environment Minister Alex Attwood of a range of improvements that will speed up the planning process and reduce costs for applicants.

Chiefly the improvements will mean that:
– many small shop and office owners will no longer need to apply for planning permission to extend their properties;
– documentation to accompany a planning application will be reduced resulting in less expense for applicants; and
– there will be much better control over demolition where works are likely to have significant effects on the environment.

Councillor Cunningham said: “These changes are aimed at improving the planning system by cutting red tape. By increasing the range of development that no longer needs planning permission it will be easier for owners of shops and offices to undertake minor building works such as small extensions to their property.
“ This will help promote a speedier, more cost effective and more responsive service for everyone.”

Planning Decisions welcomed for Church Road and Ramoan Road

21 10 2011

SDLP Councillor Dónal Cunningham has welcomed two planning decisions which he hopes will produce great benefits to the community.

Outline planning permission has been granted for a new two storey Community Fire station with training yard and tower to be located at the Ramoan Road Playing Fields

Full planning permission has been awarded for the nearby graveyard extension and car parking facilities for St. James Church of Ireland located in the field between St James Parish Church and Ramoan Court which fronts both Ramoan Road and Church Road Ballycastle