Councillors back Strandview Drive residents

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Residents of Strandview Drive in Portstewart have got the backing of Coleraine councillors in their bid to facilitate a meeting with Environment Minister, Mark H Durkan.

Back in November, Council voted to refer a planning application at Strandview Drive for 47 new dwellings, to the Minister for a decision.

Following receipt of a letter from residents, outlining the reasons why they feel the application is not in ‘harmony’ with the adjacent housing, Coleraine Borough Council has agreed to write to the Minister in support of a meeting with residents about the application.

In the letter, residents claim that the application focuses on the second home market. They also invite the minister to visit the site to ‘fully understand the application’ and the facts that they put forward.

At last Tuesday’s Planning meeting, Deputy Mayor, DUP councillor Mark Fielding said that MP for the area, Gregory Campbell had already written to Minister Durkan about the application. He proposed that Council should write in support of a meeting about the application. The proposal was seconded by councillor Christine Alexander.