Moyle District councillors have reacted angrily to the Planning department’s decision to refuse permission for a tourism project in Ballintoy.
Members meeting last Monday night heard that Planners had turned down the application from Mr and Mrs S McShane for Sheep Island View, Main Street in Ballintoy.
The application proposed to demolish the existing accommodation block and replace it with a new accommodation block including meeting rooms and associated works “to comply with modern tourism standards and NITB accommodation ratings”.
Members were told that the scheme was turned down because “the development would not respect the site context or character of the surrounding area in terms of height, scale, size and design”.
Cllr Robert McIlroy asked for an office meeting to discuss the matter further.
“This is a very important application and we need to try to resolve it,” he said.
Cllr Randal McDonnell said that the applicants had already gone through a number of pre-applications and had made amendments to their scheme in line with that.
“It is very disappointing when a fair amount of assurance is given to find it turned down,” he said.
“This application has been about for a fair while now. The Northern Ireland Tourist Board has been looking for ages for somewhere in this area which can accommodate a bus-load of tourists.
“There is nowhere here that can take a bus load,” he said.
It was agreed to hold an office meeting to discuss the matter further.
An application for a wind turbine north west of 17 Lagavara Road in Ballycastle was refused.
Planners listed four reasons for refusal - adverse visual impact, adverse impact on the World Heritage Centre Giant’s Causeway area, detrimental impact on adjacent properties and inadequate access arrangements. An office meeting was requested to discuss the matter further.