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Hotel resort plan halted

Thursday, 17 August 2017

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CAUSEWAY Coast and Glens Council has quashed planning approval for a 15m hotel resort on the outskirts of Portstewart, The Chronicle can exclusively reveal today.
The dramatic turn-around on a decision made less than two months ago was prompted by a threat of legal action from MLA Jim Allister.
The TUV leader, who owns a holiday home yards from the site, says the council is guilty of 'inexcusable failures' and is now demanding a departmental investigation into the handling of the application.
The 120 bedroom hotel at the centre of the controversy was approved by Causeway Coast and Glens planning committee on June 29.
The development located at the NW200 paddock includes a restaurant, swimming pool, conference facilities and motorbike exhibition.
Mr Allister was among 47 residents of Ballygelagh Village who lodged objections. On July 18, he and another objector issued notice of their intention to seek a judicial review.
The letter identified grounds for challenging the decision and included references to five planning policies which, he claims, the council improperly applied.
However, the matter which prompted the reversal relates to financial information from the developer on the hotel's sustainability.
*Read the full story in this week's Chronicle

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