Stormont plea over hotel plan

Thursday, 15 June 2017

NORTH Antrim MLA Jim Allister has called for the planning decision on a 15m hotel on the North Coast to be removed from council control because officers had prior discussions with the developers.
Mr Allister has already lodged private objections to the Portstewart scheme based on its potential impact on his nearby holiday home.
Now he has written, as an MLA, to the government department with oversight of planning, suggesting the application is 'called in'.
That is the process whereby regionally significant projects are assessed by a Stormont minister rather than local authority planners.
In his letter Mr Allister tells the Permanent Secretary of the Department for Infrastructure he has evidence of "considerable nexus" between the council and the applicant ahead of the submission.
“I write to suggest that the department should give consideration to calling in this application for a departmental decision because of the conflicted position of the Causeway Coast and Glens Council which is due to decide on this matter," he writes.
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