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North West Regional Science Park plan gets green light

By Donna Deeney

Planning permission for a Science Park which will transform the former military site at Fort George has been given the go ahead.

The North West Regional Science Park will be the first hub outside of Belfast following the success of the Science Park at the Titanic Quarter.

The new gateway building is also expected to underpin developments at the University of Ulster at Magee with a focus on digital technologies and Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) subjects.

Environment Minister Alex Attwood gave the project the green light and said he does not expect the application will receive objections.

“I have been in conversation with the developers and I have given the application the green light,” said Mr Attwood.

“There have been no objections from anybody in respect of the planning application and I would be mightily surprised if Derry City Council were to raise any questions, but that is a matter for them,” he said.

“This Science Park in Derry will be modelled on the one in Belfast which has virtually full occupancy of IT and science businesses, including start-up businesses.”

The Science Park will occupy part of the 14-acre site at Fort George and is part of a cross-border project in conjunction with the Letterkenny Institute of Technology in County Donegal.

Foyle MLA Colum Eastwood said the development will be a boost for the whole of the north west.

He added: “It’s worth noting that planning was delivered in little over three months. Obtaining planning permission is the first key milestone for a development that will, among other things, support business start-ups and self-employment in digital media and the high-tech sectors.”

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“This development will not only revitalise and regenerate the former military site at Fort George but will provide high value employment in the north west and help attract investment in the digital economy.” Foyle MLA Colum Eastwood

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