A proposal to bring 40 homes to Dungannon has been approved by Mid Ulster District Council’s planning committee.
The application, lodged by agent Clarman and Co on behalf of applicant J and V Construction will see a housing development comprising of 14 semi-detached dwellings, seven blocks of three dwellings, one block of four dwellings, and one detached bungalow with associated car parking and landscaping at the site of Killymeal House and adjacent lands.
A report on the development was discussed at the committee’s meeting on Tuesday, September 7.
Members were advised Council’s planning officers had recommended the application was approved despite a contrary recommendation from the Historic Environment Division who expressed concern about the impact a single storey dwelling in the plans would have on Killymeal House.
The report noted that no third party objections or letters of support were received in relation to this application and stated in principle, the development of the site for residential purposes is in accordance with the area plan.
It is also noted the density is reflective of what has been granted on other phases of land within the site as are the design details of the dwellings including height, scale, massing, plot sizes, garden sizes and finishes of the buildings and ancillary works.
With regards to the concerns expressed by Historic Environment Division, the report noted the initial concern centred around the impact two bungalows would have on the potential to cause detriment to trees and the setting of Killymeal House.
However with one of the proposed bungalows now dropped from the application, Council’s in house conservation and tree expert has advised the Tree Protection Order can be safeguarded with conditions.
The report stated that as the bungalow is behind trees to the rear of Killymeal House, officers are not convinced that it will have a detrimental impact on the setting of the listed building.
A proposal to approve the application was put forward by Councillor Sean McPeake and seconded by Councillor Christine McFlynn and the committee voiced its approval.