Dispute between Councillors about Planning Application at Richmond Drive

Cllr Brian Dornan

Cllr Brian Dornan
Lisburn North
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Speaking after the Lisburn City Council Planning Committee meeting on Monday 2nd September, Alliance Party Councillor Brian Dornan said that he had been amazed at a most unusual response by unionist Councillors to the request of concerned residents of Richmond Drive and Richmond Mews to meet with planners about a planning application.

At the request of a number of residents Councillor Dornan had relayed their concerns to the Committee and the Senior Planning Officer had offered a meeting on Wednesday 10th September “in the interests of fairness”. Previously 21 letters of objection had been submitted. Concerns included the height of the houses and fences, adjacent as they were to bungalows.

“DUP and Unionist Councillors used their majority to vote to block the Planning Officer’s offer of a meeting”, said Councillor Dornan. “This included North Lisburn Councillors who should have respected their constituents’ wish for the meeting with planners. I have never observed such cavalier disregard for the rights of residents to have their concerns heard and such determination to achieve an instant decision in favour of a development. I am at a loss to understand how waiting until next week to allow residents to have their meeting was too much to ask.”

Independent Councillor John Drake had supported Councillor Dornan’s request.

Brian Dornan
Alliance Party Councillor
Lisburn City Council