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sept 4  2013 turbine refusal by CadoganEnright
Cllr Cadogan Enrights rejection of planners proposal to block a replacement turbine for one of Downs most environmentally friendly farmers was supported by all parties who demanded a reconsideration on the matter

13th Feb 2013 Planners Pushed to meet Farmers by DUP following meeting organised by Cllr Cadogan Enright

DUP push local planers into meeting with local farmers

13th Feb 2013 – working with the DUP to help farmers

Lecale farmers win DUP support at a meeting organised by Cllr Cadogan Enright


Since sending in the press statement below, new Information has been obtained as to why DRD are attempting to cut the people of Strangford off from the only access they have to deep water on the Quay  click here to see all background information on this application 


L to R Brendan Kerr (Festival Committee), Cllr Cadogan Enright,   Dairmuid Riordan (Chair of Strangford Community Association), Frank Sadler and Brian Riordan , AT THE QUAY WHERE THE DEVELOPMENT IS PROPOSED

L to R Brendan Kerr (Festival Committee), Cllr Cadogan Enright, Dairmuid Riordan (Chair of Strangford Community Association), Frank Sadler and Brian Riordan , AT THE QUAY WHERE THE DEVELOPMENT IS PROPOSED

Cllr Cadogan Enright has hit out at DRD’s attempt to fence off New Quay in Strangford, following a meeting with members of the Villages community association.

Cllr Enright said “There appears to be a presumption in the application that DRD can ride roughshod over the long-standing use of the Quay by the community in Strangford with no explanation as to the purpose of preventing the community accessing the facilities at New Quay as they have done since time immemorial.”

Strangford Community Association Chair Diarmuid Riordan said “Planning applications require details of the proposed development, including purpose for which the land/buildings are to be used. The form states that ‘It is vital that a full and accurate description of the proposal is provided. Give as much detail as possible’. But no details are given other than a description of the ugly black fence. I.E. ‘New 1.8m high Ibex fence with new pedestrian on slipbolt gate and new pedestrian keypad gate.2no 3m wide vehicular access gates‘.”

Strangford Festival committee member Brenda Kerr said “This application is located at New Quay which is part of a designated Conservation Area. New Quay is shown in the Strangford Conservation Area Booklet published by the Department of the Environment in September 1985. It is manifestly obvious that this proposed development meets none of the mandatory criteria for developing in a conservation area. We are calling for local people to make themselves aware of what is proposed and consider objecting.”

Councillor Cadogan Enright agreed and said “Houses along Quay Road would be ‘hemmed in’ by such a development. This proposal is alien to residents in the village, and a damaging attack on the local Tourist industry. This proposed division of The Quay represents a loss to the community of Strangford and its visitors and tourists, a loss of which would be detrimental to the life and prosperity of the village.”

“Over the course of any weekend local people and tourists can be observed on New Quay fishing, picnicking, walking, sitting and viewing, photographing, painting, and accessing their boats. The current proposal is a heavy handed solution to an unknown problem, and is probably aimed at setting aside this part of the Quay as a secure compound for other uses than exist at present. Strong suspicions exist in Strangford that DRD is cooperating with interests that see benefit in a long-standing valuable community asset being converted to a private asset by stealth.” Concluded Cllr Enright.

Notes to Editor

Attached is a photograph of from the left Brendan Kerr (Strangford Festival Committee), Cllr Cadogan Enright,    Dairmuid Riordan (Chair of Strangford Community Association), Frank Sadler and Brian Riordan

For more information contact Cllr Enright on 07590462329

Contact chair of Strangford Community Association; Diarmuid Riordan 07816868019

Festival Committee Brendan Kerr 07863900138

Department policy on new development in a Conservation Area states ‘The Department will normally only permit development proposals for new buildings , alterations, extensions and changes of use in , or which impact on the setting of, a conservation area where ALL the following criteria are met:

(a) the development preserves or enhances the character and appearance of the area;

(b) the development is in sympathy with the characteristic built form of the area;

(c) the scale , form , materials and detailing of the development respects the characteristics of adjoining buildings in the area;

(d) the development does not result in environmental problems such as noise , nuisance or disturbance which would be detrimental to the particular character of the area;

(e) important views within , into and out of the area are protected;

(f) landscape features contributing to the character or appearance of the area are protected and conforms with the guidance set out in conservation area documents.


‘Down District Farmers for Renewable Energy’(DDFFRE)   finally met with Barbara Elliot the new head of planning at Rathketer House last Friday, after pressing for a meeting for over 6 months following their meeting with Planning and Environment Minster Attwood last year.

Farmers Continue Battle with Planners

Farmers Continue Battle with Planners

Local environmentalist and councilor Cadogan Enright who facilitated the meeting said “we were disappointed that it took so long when the Minister was willing to meet us within just a few weeks of our request. When meeting the Minister local farmers described operational failures at the Downpatrick planning office in some detail.”

DDFRRE member Edward Carson of Tyrella said, “It is clear that the planning office have been working to address some of the issues we raised with the Minister last year. New entrants to the planning system are not experiencing the same level of delays. However our members from Killard to Ballyhornan and from the Lecale Coast to Ballynahinch are still stuck in the system for anything up to 3 years whereas in theory we are supposed to have a decision in 8 weeks.”

Alan Montgomery of Killough said “Decisions for the Down area are well behind the average period of 4 to 6 months waiting for a decision. We singled out the local practice of sending requests for expensive new reports a year or 18 months into the planning application as the biggest cause of delays locally.”

Patrick Magee of Killard pointed out, “Planning advisors charge twice the price for planning applications in Down District, as our local planning office is generally regarded as ‘not fit for purpose’ and involves them in far more work”.

John Gill of Rossglass said “We believe that all renewable energy applications to be processed centrally in the regional headquarters of the planning service by properly qualified and trained personnel.”

Cllr Cadogan Enright concluded, “The meeting focused on our belief that the Down area planning office needed to address key management and organisational issues to effect behavioral change in the local planning office. We said that while we did not expect their current state of organisation to produce a decision within 8 weeks, at least they could tell us within this period if any further reports or information was likely to be required. It is also clear from some of our cases that have gone to appeal, that the local planners failed to consider important aspects of DDFFRE members cases in areas like wildlife, the environment and economics. We referenced new case law in N. Ireland on these issues and we were to brief the local planning team accordingly.’

Lecale farmers concerned at refusal of planning manger to meet 5th Dec 2012

Lecale farmers concerned at refusal of planning manger to meet 5th Dec 2012