Plans for a £15m redevelopment of one of Londonderry’s largest retail complexes have been welcomed by local councillors.
The Planning Service has now given the green light for the revamp of Northside shopping centre in the Glengalliagh Road area of Shantallow.
The new centre will house a food superstore, five retail units, and a medical centre including a GP and dental surgery.
Basement and ground level parking are also planned.
Just one objection was received concerning the proposals by MDM Property Partnership.
The proposals from the Belfast-based property partnership for a new Northside District Centre were first submitted in May 2010.
The company has since met with representatives from the local community as well as political representatives from the area.
It is understood some of the small businesses at Northside are concerned over what the development plans will mean for them.
The centre currently houses around a dozen businesses including a supermarket, pharmacy, off-licence, cafe, art shop and discount store as well as a community partnership.
It has been suggested that the businesses will be accommodated on temporary sites while the redevelopment work takes place.
No time scale has yet been revealed for the works and there was no one available from MDM to comment yesterday.
Derry City councillors gave their backing to the plans at a meeting of the Planning Committee this week.
Sinn Fein councillor Tony Hassan said: “It is great to see such investment taking place in the greater Shantallow area.
“The greater Shantallow area has a population of over 30,000 people.
“It’s a growing population and a number of new housing developments have been earmarked for the area over the next number of years, so there is a clear need for new facilities such as this.”