The Mid Ulster District Council planning committee has approved an application for a new Irish language school building in Coalisland.
The application has been made by Knox and Clayton Architects on behalf of Gaelscoil Ui Neill and seeks to demolish an existing building to erect a primary school (single unit), nursery (single unit) and play area on the site of the community center of Gortgonis.
It was hoped that the application would be ready for presentation to the committee in June alongside two related applications, which were approved at the time, for the development of the Gortgonis Leisure Center and the carrying out of works on the site which overlooks the road to Gortgonis.
In June, the council’s chief planning officer, Dr Chris Boomer, explained the delay in the application was the need to wait for a comment from the road department on it.
A report presented to members of the council’s planning committee at its meeting on Tuesday, July 5 recommended approval of the application and noted that it had received an objection.
The objection relates to road safety, with the objector expressing the view that road safety is already “poor” in this area and asserts that the development will make the situation worse, according to the report.
However, DfI Roads raised no concerns about parking and access and the report says the works will ‘significantly improve the safety of road users along this stretch of road’.
“As there will be an improvement in road safety and the objector’s concerns regarding road safety issues are not determinative in this case, I am satisfied that the policies contained in PPS3 are being adhered to,” it read. in the report.
In conclusion, the report states that the planning officer believes it will be “a high quality development which will make a positive contribution to the local community in this Coalisland area and which will meet the development goals and objectives. sustainable “.
A proposal to accept the officer’s recommendation to approve the application was put forward by Sinn Féin councilor Sean Clarke and seconded by fellow party and council chair Councilor Cora Corry and this proposal was approved with room support.
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